Audinate is taking Dante, the digital audio networking technology it developed in 2006, to the next level with today’s announcement of new products that will enable Dante functionality in software for PC, Mac and Linux.
At Infocomm 2019, which kicks off Saturday, June 8, in Orlando, FL, Audinate will introduce the Dante Application Library for Windows and MacOS, a library and API allowing developers to build Dante into software applications, and the Dante Embedded Platform, a software implementation of Dante for products running on Linux with commodity x86- and ARM-based hardware.
“This is an inflection point in the AV industry,” said Audinate CEO Lee Ellison in a prepared statement. “The decreasing costs, increasing computational power and improved flexibility of the software approach will enable manufacturers and developers to deploy Dante into a plethora of next generation AV products. The option to go with a software-based implementation will enable OEMs to add Dante functionality to existing products without a major redesign and will drive further growth for networked Dante endpoints.”
Audinate said it will provide reference designs for ARM systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) including the Analog Devices ADSP-SC589 and the NXP i.MX 8M Mini QuadLite, as well as a new SDK with validation tools for existing OEM products. New products built with the Dante Application Library or the Dante Embedded Platform can have “complete interoperability” with existing Dante products, the company said.
Some of Audinate’s customers will already be demonstrating Dante in softwarer at Infocomm — QSC is enabling software-based Dante audio channels in its Q-Sys platform, and Zoom Video Communications is integrating the Dante Application Library into its Zoom Rooms video conferencing application.