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CEntrance Combines USB, IEEE 1394 Audio Devices with Windows Vista

CEntrance announced on the opening day of the 2007 Microsoft Audio Music Partner (AMP) Summit that its USB and IEEE 1394 (FireWire) audio drivers, which aggregate hardware devices, are now available for Windows Vista. With this new release, CEntrance enables consumers to connect 1394 and USB audio interfaces at the same time and use them together, offering signal routing flexibility on the Windows platform. CEntrance states that the new aggregating drivers continue to offer proven low latency and crash-proof reliability, and are already compatible with the majority of 1394 and USB chips on the market.

The CEntrance audio driver engine is compatible with ASIO2 and GSIF2, and has been road-tested with a variety of audio applications, such as Cubase, SONAR, Sound Forge and GigaStudio. The product supports all standard resolutions and bit depths, and features round-trip audio latency of just under 6 ms for 1394 and USB.

“New 1394 and USB chips constantly enter the market,” explained Michael Goodman, managing director of CEntrance. “Staying on the cutting edge often means making a tough choice between new interface technology and an existing platform. CEntrance solved this dilemma by creating OEM drivers that are future-proof and compatible with an entire product line. One driver for all products—this is how CEntrance saves money in new product development.”

“Audio and video production situations often require more inputs and outputs than what comes built into a laptop or desktop PC,” says Dan Moore, business development manager for the Developer & Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft Corp. “We are excited about new technologies that enhance the capabilities of USB and 1394 devices, thereby increasing the PC’s usefulness in these situations and providing a better overall user experience for our customers.”

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