Launched at InfoComm 2012 was the new Optocore DM1-TP digital audio interface for Duran Audio’s Intellivox range of AXYS® products — marking the latest technical partnership formed by the German fibre network specialists.
In a joint statement, the respective founders of the two companies, Marc Brunke (Optocore) and Gerrit Duran said, “This product owes its practical implementation within an Intellivox system to the close co-operation between the two R&D teams.”
The DM1-TP is designed to provide SANE connectivity to powered Duran Audio loudspeakers, allowing for seamless integration of the company’s loudspeakers into synchronous, low latency, redundant Optocore and SANE networks. Offering a unique, non-proprietary open standard transport platform SANE is the first fully synchronous CAT5 network solution for streaming and transmitting data in real time.
In addition to the synchronous, low latency digital audio distribution, DM1-TP will provide the Intellivox range with all the other benefits of SANE, including 100 Mb/s Ethernet audio distribution, dual-redundant ring connections, and interfacing to Optocore FX and TP devices
The introduction of the SANE network will bring significant benefits to system designers, installers and end users. On larger Intellivox installations there will be a significant saving in both the cost of cable and labour, whilst the wealth of additional features will reduce the need for additional processing devices in the system. This once again proves that Intellivox devices not only provide great control of the array’s directivity but also the functionality.
Either redundant point-to-point (star) or daisy-chain topologies are supported (point-to-point requiring an Optocore SANE capable device for a connection to each DM1-TP equipped Intellivox); redundant option offers automatic switch-over to the secondary port in case of failure of the primary port. Daisy-chain with loop-end closing offers a redundant ring topology (with no third party switching required). Other features include low-jitter word clock distribution using standard Optocore solutions and automatic master clock negotiation.
DM1 firmware and internal logic updates over Ethernet are supported, as is standard Intellivox RS-485 interface, while system control and monitoring by AXYS WinControl takes place over a SANE serial bridge, with 8 or 16 digital audio channels routable to the DSP in the Intellivox.
Other peripherals include external fan control output for connection to the Intellivox 'rain-hood', while an Ambient Noise Sensing microphone signal can be routed to the SANE network.
The new interface module can be mounted in the following Intellivox products: AXYS® Intellivox DC/DS 115, DC/DS 180 and DC/DS 280.
Said Optocore’s North American support engineer, Kári Eythorsson CTS-D, “We are delighted to be adding Duran Audio as a technical partner with the release of the DM1-TP module — and hope this is the start of further things to come.”
And Duran Audio International Sales and Marketing Manager, Max Lindsay-Johnson, added, “We see this collaboration as just the first step in making the whole AXYS® range available with the Optocore and SANE interfaces in the future.”
Based in Munich, Germany, Optocore is the world market leading provider of high bandwidth, low latency, resilient, scalable and flexible fibre optic based networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 19 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. Optocore builds and develops synchronous optical fibre and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals — for fixed installations and live event applications. Utilising leading-edge technology and high-quality components Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to the open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry, via an Optocore network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls