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Strategic partnership centers around EtherSound Control (July 27, 2004)

Software provider and Digigram, a world leader in innovative digital audio network solutions, are delighted to announce the formation of a strategic partnership around EtherSound, Digigram's patent-pending technology for audio distribution over standard Ethernet.

The EtherSound protocol provides fully deterministic, real-time transmission of synchronized audio channels over standard Ethernet. Up to 64 channels of 24-bit digital audio at 48 kHz, plus bi-directional status and control data, may be transported among more than 60,000 connected devices. Its ultra low latency of only 125 microseconds makes it suitable even for demanding applications such as live sound or broadcast. The technology has already been licensed to a number of different manufacturers across the globe, all of whom are developing EtherSound products for their markets. But what of control? Would it be possible to develop a control system that would be compatible with all EtherSound products, regardless of the manufacturer? A number of meetings with confirmed that this would indeed be both possible and extremely desirable, and so the partnership was formed. The new software tool, "Stardraw Control", is to be shown for the first time at the PLASA trade show in London.

A key aspect of Stardraw Control is that it offers a unified control framework for the different devices by different vendors that can make up a heterogeneous network; installers can look forward to seamless integration of diverse products using a single control interface. According to Digigram's managing director, Philippe Delacroix, "So far, we've had unanimous support from all the EtherSound licensees who have had the opportunity to be presented with the project, including Auvitran, NetCIRA by Fostex and Nexo, and we are confident that the others will feel the same way once they have been familiarized with the advantages." CEO, David Snipp, points out, "Stardraw is dedicated exclusively to software development and we have proven many times that we can deliver better solutions, faster and for less than most hardware manufacturers' own development departments. This is the obvious advantage of specialization and Digigram were quick to acknowledge the value we could add to EtherSound technology. In fact, we are so excited by its potential that we have embarked on a true partnership and will develop and deliver the EtherSound control application entirely at our own cost. By this we mean that all EtherSound Licensees and integrators will have free access and distribution rights to the control authoring application. We believe that its versatility and ease of use will drastically reduce the costs of creating custom control interfaces for all types of system; it will remove the need for the integrator to write even one line of code."

Phillippe Delacroix concurs. "This partnership is an important step for EtherSound technology and a great example of how imaginative companies can combine their unique skills to deliver leading-edge solutions. With EtherSound, Digigram has cleared the many hurdles that stood in the way of efficiently distributing audio over Ethernet - rather than being limited to star configurations, EtherSound can use both star and daisy-chain network topologies, or a combination of the two. Ease of installation means that it's an appealing solution for contractors, while flexibility of implementation and operation has attracted more and more manufacturers to adopt EtherSound as their routing standard of choice, suitable for many different uses across many different industries. In the context of delivering a software-based control system for all EtherSound products, partnership with makes a perfect match."

About EtherSound
The number of integrators who specify and install Digigrams patent-pending EtherSound technology for audio distribution in fixed and mobile installations is rapidly growing. EtherSound enhances established technologies to easily and economically create real-time audio networks using standard Ethernet cabling and components.

EtherSound is designed to connect digital audio sources to networked audio devices. Up to 64 channels of 24-bit digital audio at 48KHz, plus bi-directional control information, may be transported to more than 60,000 networked audio devices. Minimal latency was one of Digigram's key design requirements for EtherSound. No other technology offers such high-quality audio with such low latency. The point-to-point 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 fully deterministic, making it possible to calculate the exact delay between any two devices in an EtherSound network.

EtherSound is also available for licensing to OEMs for enabling their self-branded products with the technology. Current EtherSound licensees include NetCIRA by Fostex, Nexo, Bouyer, InnovaSON, and Auvitran.

About specializes in the design, development and implementation of Internet-enabled software components and sales-design tools for specific vertical markets (including Stardraw Audio, Stardraw AV, Stardraw Radio, Stardraw Lighting 2D and Stardraw Professional). Stardraw's corporate client base for custom software solutions includes Celestion, Clear-Com, Klark Teknik, RCI Custom and VTG Audio.

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 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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