CEntrance and Oxford Semiconductor announced a development partnership. The alliance combines CEntrance's product development expertise with Oxford's low-cost FireWire audio controllers to create a support solution for audio and consumer electronics OEMs.
CEntrance has developed FireWire products for high-profile brands. Oxford will continue to offer standards-compliant FireWire audio controllers, while CEntrance will take a more active role in supporting Oxford's clients with custom hardware, software and driver solutions, including CEntrance's recently released aggregating drivers for Windows Vista.
"Audio applications demand FireWire, which is better than USB in handling streaming audio," noted Michael Goodman, managing director of CEntrance. "Today, the cost of FireWire and USB solutions is practically the same, yet FireWire saves CPU resources for audio processing and offers more robust performance and flexible signal routing than USB. Oxford has a definite winner in this space."
"CEntrance improved the content creation experience under Windows by developing robust, low-latency, aggregating audio drivers," says Antoine Michaud, Oxford Semiconductor's VP of connectivity solutions. "Our audio controllers now offer similar performance and stability on both operating systems, offering customers the highest levels of quality and platform flexibility."