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Dante goes software only, kicking off with QSC

Dante goes software only, kicking off with QSC

Dante goes software only, kicking off with QSC

Audinate has introduced two new software-based Dante platforms – Dante Embedded Platform and Dante Application Library. Dante Embedded Platform allows manufacturers to add full Dante functionality in software running on Linux for x86 and ARM processors. Having committed to partnering on the development of cross-platform technologies with QSC back at ISE 2019, Audinate’s introduction of Dante Embedded Platform has enabled QSC to announce software-based Dante for the Q-Sys ecosystem. The Dante Application Library, meanwhile, allows software developers to integrate Dante functionality directly into their PC and Mac applications.

‘The AV industry is shifting from bespoke, purpose-built AV equipment to software-based solutions running on standard computing platforms,’ stated Joshua Rush, SVP, marketing and products at Audinate. ‘It was natural to partner with QSC, one of the leaders of this software-based strategy, to jointly develop the first software-based Dante solution. We are excited about the new, flexible ways that Dante can be deployed as software that weren’t previously possible.’

QSC states that as part of its strategic technology partnership with Audinate, Q-Sys feature licences will enable native Dante networked audio integration without the need for additional hardware I/O or external configuration software, taking advantage of robust functionality such as device discovery, synchronisation, control and management for Dante – directly within Q-Sys Designer software.

Following the release, all new Q-Sys Core processors will ship with a small set of Dante audio channels enabled at no extra cost. New tiered feature licences have been introduced to enable Q-Sys system users to scale Dante integration capabilities based on their specific installation needs and Core processor capabilities.

‘The Q-Sys ecosystem has always taken an open and agnostic approach to audio, and our partnership with Audinate is an extension of this philosophy as we offer a truly unique, software-based implementation of Dante to our customers,’ explained Trent Wagner, QSC’s Q-Sys product manager. ‘By offering a highly scalable approach to integrating Dante audio with the Q-Sys ecosystem, QSC meets the I/O integration needs of more installations.’

Audinate’s Dante Embedded Platform is designed for OEMs and will offer two options for manufacturers: an SDK with validation tools to aid OEMs in qualifying existing x86 and ARM-based products for Dante performance requirements. For new products under development, Audinate will also provide complete reference designs for popular ARM SoC chipsets, such as the Analog Devices ADSP-SC589 and NXP i.MX 8M Mini QuadLite.

The other solution launched by Audinate, Dante Application Library, introduces the ability for developers to build Dante functionality directly into their products, such as Dante device discovery and subscriptions directly into their conferencing, recording, lecture capture and media playback products. Each instance is wholly contained within each application, allowing multiple Dante-enabled applications to run simultaneously on a single computer with complete independence.

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