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CAMCO To Equip Entire Product Range With EtherSound

Amplifier manufacturer joins growing community of EtherSound licensees (January 18, 2005)

CAMCO, a world leading manufacturer of amplifiers for sound reinforcement and installed sound, has decided to add EtherSound connectivity to its entire product range. The optional EtherSound modules will be showcased as early as April 2005 at the Prolight+Sound trade show in Frankfurt. This short time to market is possible thanks to a close collaboration with AuviTran, an Authorized EtherSound Implementor who will provide hardware modules and development services to CAMCO. EtherSound is an industry standard technology for audio networking developed, patented, and licensed by Digigram, which enables real-time audio networks using standard Ethernet cabling and components.

Reiner Sassmann, CAMCO Managing Director, is enthusiastic about using EtherSound technology: "Without a doubt, EtherSound is technologically the leading standard for audio over Ethernet in the pro audio industry. It is the only technology on the market to offer a network latency low enough for live sound, that is also thoroughly stable, and deterministic. We see great value for our customers who will now be able to leverage the advantages of digital audio distribution. It is very important to us that EtherSound is not a proprietary technology and that our products will be able to work with many exciting products from other industry leading manufacturers. Our close partner Nexo is just one such manufacturer." The end-to-end transmission time between an audio input and an audio output in an EtherSound network is six samples (125 microseconds at 48 kHz). An up-to-date list of EtherSound licensees and products is available on

CAMCO will develop optional EtherSound hardware modules compatible with its entire product range. Additionally, it will be possible to upgrade existing amplifiers of the Vortex and Tecton series with the modules and thereby add EtherSound functionalities to a large part of CAMCO's installed product base.

Sassmann is not only pleased with the technology itself but also with the support the company gets to implement it: "The fact that Digigram has created the Implementor program and that we can outsource most of the development to AuviTran is really an enormous help," he observed. "These people have the technology at their fingertips and it's very easy and straightforward to work with them. We couldn't announce the product launch so fast without them."

Jimmy Kawalek, Business Development Manager for EtherSound, comments: "We are very happy that our Implementor program, which was only launched at the PLASA trade show in September, gets such positive feedback so quickly. CAMCO is the first amplifier manufacturer to license EtherSound and adds enormous value to the overall solution. We are proud to have them on board. We hope that many other pro audio manufacturers will benefit from being able to bring a competitive product so fast to the market."

About EtherSound
EtherSound enhances established technologies to easily and economically create real-time audio networks using standard Ethernet cabling and components. Up to 64 channels of 24-bit digital audio at 48 kHz, plus bi-directional control information, may be transported to more than 60,000 networked audio devices. Higher sampling frequencies with a reduced channel count are also possible, i.e. 32 channels at 96 kHz. EtherSound networks can use daisy-chain and star architectures, or a combination of both. In a daisy-chain all channels are independently available to all connected devices.

Minimal latency was one of the key design requirements for EtherSound. The end-to-end transmission time between an audio input and an audio output in an EtherSound network is six samples (125 microseconds at 48 kHz). Latency is independent of the number of channels transmitted. EtherSound is deterministic, making it possible to calculate the delay between any two devices in an EtherSound network.

EtherSound is available for licensing to OEMs for enabling their self-branded products with the technology. This industry standard is developed, patented, and licensed by Digigram. Current EtherSound licensees include AuviTran, Bouyer, CAMCO, Digigram, InnovaSON, Lab X Technologies, NetCIRA by Fostex, and Nexo.

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Founded in 1983, CAMCO has focused its attention on the areas of Audio manufacturing and distribution. Our expertise and knowledge has been gained through years of experience manufacturing and distributing innovative products geared to specific solutions for professional users. Advice is on hand from experienced engineers. No matter where you are in the world, our service is available. The name stands for the best - the best for our customers.

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About AuviTran
AuviTran - Audio Video Transcoding - is a technology company formed in March 2003 through a spin off of former Digigram employees Yves Ansade, Wlodek Sielski and Jérémie Weber, who were involved in R&D, as well as commercial development. As EtherSound's Full Development Level licensee since its formation - AuviTran has been working on designs and implementations of EtherSound technology and currently offers to the market a wide range of EtherSound enabled OEM boards in the AVDx-ES range and a commercial product AVY-16ES Yamaha mini YGDAI EtherSound card for YAMAHA Digital Mixing products. In September 2004, AuviTran has been appointed as the first of Digigram Authorised Implementors. This acknowledges AuviTran's EtherSound expertise and further enhances AuviTran's commercial offering to the existing and future EtherSound adopters and licensees. As an Authorized Implementor, AuviTran offers to the market a wide range of EtherSound enabled intermediate products in the AVDx-ES range.

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About Digigram
Digigram digital audio solutions are key to the success of broadcast and public address companies worldwide. We develop innovative networked audio devices, computer sound cards, and audio management software. Digigram is the owner and supplier of the patented EtherSound technology. Digigram Powered solutions are installed in thousands of corporate and commercial sound installations; radio and television stations; and audio recording and video post production facilities around the globe. Customers are served from three regional business units: Digigram S.A. (Digigram Headquarters, Montbonnot, France) serving Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, Digigram Inc. (Arlington, VA USA) serving North America, and Digigram Asia (Singapore) serving Asia and Australia/Oceania. Digigram is publicly traded on the Paris stock exchange.

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