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Any Media over Any Network Part 5 - Dante

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Editor’s Note: This content is contributed by Amanda Emerson, Technical Marketing Specialist - Pro AV, Broadcast & Consumer 


In the first entry of the “Any Media over Any Network” series, we discussed AV-over-IP and how much of the industry is beginning to adopt it in some form. This adoption is seen in a wide range of markets like enterprise, higher education, broadcast, and live events.  Each system has different requirements which can make the setup process complex, time consuming, and costly. This is where AMD partner, Audinate, comes in with its Dante product line. The product’s easy integration and use makes AV system setup and installation simple.

Figure 1: Dante Brooklyn 3 Module (Source: Audinate)Figure 1: Dante Brooklyn 3 Module (Source: Audinate)


Dante helps meet your networking needs

When deploying traditional AV systems, things can get complex and expensive very quickly, and there can be many challenges to overcome. These systems often require a lot of planning as they need point-to-point connections between every audio device, many devices require specific single-purpose cables, and location must be carefully considered (as signal degradation increases with distance between devices). These challenges can make the setup and installation expensive, labor-intensive, and time consuming. But what if you upgrade these systems? Some devices aren’t compatible with others, which may force you to replace more of the system than you initially planned, driving up the cost further.

Figure 2: Dante in Action (Source: Audinate)Figure 2: Dante in Action (Source: Audinate)


Dante, however, works differently. Using a standard IP network to help deliver lossless audio (and low latency video in its Dante AV products), the company has simplified system setup. While devices still require connections, the system uses Ethernet to deliver data, which reduces the need for messy, single-purpose cables. Devices are automatically detected, and signal routes and settings can be configured with Dante Controller, which makes system expansion and upgrading easy. Configuration settings are stored in the endpoints so they will run without a PC, even after moving or power-cycling the device. Also, Audinate’s software for system management and administration, the Dante Domain Manager, allows you to limit access to specific users, view overall device and system status, as well as log and report any changes that have been made in the network.

If you are interested in Dante, it can be deployed on your products using Audinate’s IP cores, Dante AV Ultra hardware (based on the AMD Zynq™ 7000 family), or the Brooklyn 3 module.

Dante Brooklyn 3 is the latest entrant to the Dante module family. Built on an AMD Zynq SoC device, it is available in 8x8 and 64x64 channel versions, delivering ultra-low latency networked audio that is 100 percent lossless, and supports sample rates from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz (with 24- or 32-bit encoding). Already compatible with more than 3,500 Dante-enabled products, the Brooklyn 3 module provides a ready-to-use audio interface that is a pin-compatible replacement for Brooklyn 2 modules.


Making AV networking effortless

Audinate’s technology leverages AMD platforms to make AV networking effortless. With offerings on both the hardware and software sides, Dante can help bring your system to life (regardless of the application), because, as Audinate likes to highlight, Dante is not just an AV-over-IP protocol, it is a full AV-over-IP solution.

Interested in Dante? Reach out to the Audinate sales team today to find out how to incorporate it into your products.