Aviom debuted its latest core technology solution, the 1600 A-Net chip (pictured), at AES 2006. The 1600 A-Net chip is designed specifically to allow console manufacturers to integrate a direct digital interface to Aviom’s Pro16 Series professional audio products, including the A-16II and A-16R Personal Mixers, A16D and A-16D Pro A-Net Distributors, and the AN-16/o Output Module.
The new chip accepts eight I2S digital audio inputs (16 total channels) and outputs A-Net data. A-Net is Aviom’s proprietary high-speed digital audio networking protocol that supports sub-millisecond system-wide latency, long Cat-5e cable runs and plug-and-play operation. Implementation of a 1600 A-Net interface requires the 1600 A-Net chip, a 100Base-TX Ethernet interface and a microcontroller.
The 1600 A-Net chip supports sample rates from 39.7 to 52 kHz at 24 bits and uses no data compression. The outputs of up to four 1600 A-Net interfaces can be combined onto a single cable using Aviom’s AN-16SB or AN-16SBR System Bridges. Aviom is currently sampling parts.
Also, digital console manufacturer InnovaSon announced a partnership with Aviom. The two companies have developed the InnovaSon Dio module, DioAV, which is installed in one of the two locations available on the DSP board of InnovaSon’s Sy48 and Sy80 consoles. Two Cat-5 connectors offer direct digital connectivity to two 16-channel networks and Aviom’s Pro16 Series Personal Mixers via Aviom’s proprietary A-Net protocol.
A prototype DioAV interface was shown for the first time at the recent AES show in San Francisco with commercial availability planned for the first quarter of 2007.