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AudioScience to Release Broadcast PCI Express Sound Cards

AudioScience to Release Broadcast PCI Express Sound Cards

AudioScience is promoting broadcast sound cards that use the next-generation PCI Express bus.
PCI Express is an interface that uses serial data interconnects that run at 2.5 Gbps. The single-lane PCI Express interface used in the ASI6600 series provides a peak throughput of more than 200 MBps, the company says, almost double that of the older parallel 32-bit PCI bus.
The ASI6600 expands upon its ASI6000 series, offering a faster DSP, short-length PCI format, +24 dBu analog levels, 96 kHz sample rates and SSX multichannel support. Features of the ASI6000 also are present such as MRX multirate mixing, MPEG Layer 2 and 3 encoding and decoding, TSX time scaling and SoundGuard transient voltage protection on inputs and outputs.
The ASI6644 and ASI6614 are the first in the ASI6600 PCI Express line and include balanced analog and AES/EBU digital I/O. Four stereo inputs and outputs are provided on the ASI6644, while the ASI6614 has one stereo input and four stereo outputs. Hardware sample rate converters are present on AES/EBU inputs and a dedicated AES/EBU and Word Clock sync input also are standard.
SSX surround extensions are scheduled for release later this year, and allow the ASX6600 series to play, record and mix audio streams with up to eight channels each, while using the ASI6000 series features of MRX multirate mixing and TSX time scaling.
The new series features driver support for Windows WAV, DirectSound and Linux ALSA.
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