Digital audio network specialist Audinate has introduced two new software-based Dante products — Dante Embedded Platform, which runs on Linux for x86 and ARM processors, and the Dante Application Library, which allows software developers to integrate Dante functionality directly into Windows and Mac applications.
These new software-based solutions give manufacturers and developers the ability to deploy Dante into products where it wasn’t previously feasible, in ways that weren’t previously possible. Dante can now be deployed in products where either the price point or form-factor made integrating dedicated Dante hardware challenging.
Dante as software also provides more flexibility, with the potential to enable new capabilities like Dante being deployed retroactively to products already in the field, the ability to add new features and functions to products on the fly, and the possibility for manufacturers, integrators or customers to configure the number of Dante channels they want for a particular application.
Audinate introduced these new software products in conjunction with several lead customers at the recent Infocomm show.
QSC will begin to deploy the Dante Embedded Platform within the Q-SYS Ecosystem to enable native software-based Dante audio channels. The effort is part of the strategic partnership between the two companies announced earlier this year.
Zoom Video Communications Inc. has teamed up with Audinate to integrate the Dante Application Library into its Zoom Rooms application for video meetings.
Audinate announced a reference design with Analog Devices (ADI) for Dante Embedded Platform on the ADSP-SC589 DSP + ARM processor.
Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate, comments, “This is an inflection point in the AV industry. 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.”