Digigram, owner and supplier of the EtherSound technology, announced the arrival of Gigabit-EtherSound at the recent AES show in New York City. The Gigabit-EtherSound will include 512 audio channels over a single cable (256 channels in each direction). Digigram will be showcasing the technology for the first time at the next Systems Integration Expo and Prolight+Sound tradeshows in March 2006. A technology upgrade will then be made available to all EtherSound licensees in the second quarter of 2006.
EtherSound business development manager, Jimmy Kawalek, says, "We are thrilled about the possibilities that Gigabit-EtherSound will offer. Imagine how quickly you'll be able to connect the stage and monitor mixers to FOH even in the largest live events, how easy it will be to route the audio.”
EtherSound in its current stage is configured for 100Mbit/s networks and offers a maximum channel count of 128 channels of 24-bit/48kHz linear audio (64 channels in each direction) and a control data throughput of 768 Kbit/s maximum.
Gigabit-EtherSound will enhance the capabilities to control connected devices and to use the EtherSound network to transmit other data; for example, IP control or media streaming. Gigabit-EtherSound will multiply the available data bandwidth to 130 Mbit/s and more.
Gigabit-EtherSound devices will be able to operate in 100Mbit/s-mode, allowing EtherSound devices on the same network to coexist.