Audinate has announced it is adding a product to its Ultimo family of products, with the new Ultimo (ULT-01-004) supporting 4 x 4 channels of uncompressed audio, double the capacity of the Ultimo (ULT-01-002) introduced at the beginning of 2013.
Ultimo is part of Audinate’s portfolio of high performance Dante solutions and is a family of complete, fully-featured, ready-to-use, single-chip Dante solutions for networked audio products.
The Ultimo family incorporates all the differentiated Dante features like automatic device discovery, plug-and-play networking, customization of device names and channel labels and network-based firmware updates. It is a good choice for networking powered loudspeakers, microphones, AV wall plates, speakerphones, amplifiers, paging stations, personal monitoring systems, recording interfaces, intercoms, and analog/digital break-in/break out interfaces.
Coinciding with the launch of the new 4 x 4 Ultimo chip, the complete Ultimo product family will be enhanced to support a richer set of features, including:
· Increased range of sample rates (44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz)
· Pull up / pull down support
· Remote signal presence indication
· Latency monitoring
· Improved clock statistics reporting
· GPIO pin activation
“The new Ultimo chip option, together with the enhanced set of features, opens up a new range of products for our OEMs who wish to have cost effective networked audio-over-IP products using Dante,” says Gary Southwell, Audinate vice president of Product Management. “It provides our customers a system on a chip that simplifies design of a whole new category of products. Dante is recognized by our OEMs to be the easiest feature-rich networking technology to implement, and by their customers as the easiest networking solution to deploy.”
Several OEMs are already developing products based on the new Ultimo features and options, which will be generally available in Q1, 2014.