US: QSC Audio Products has confirmed an extension to its licensing agreement with Cirrus Logic that will allow the power amplifier and loudspeaker manufacturer to commence production of units that employ CobraNet's gigabit Ethernet-based CobraNet technology.
Cirrus Logic's gigabit-Ethernet networked digital audio products - likely to be rolled-out later this year - are expected to provide high-channel count media transport solutions for professional markets, and secure multiroom distribution of media content in the consumer sphere.
John Andrews, chief operating officer at QSC, expects the agreement to result in a sustained period of new product development. "CobraNet technology has long been our protocol of choice for the transmission of digital audio," he said. "CobraNet serves a vital role without our QSControl.net platform to help fulfil digital audio transport needs in applications ranging from arenas and theatres to broadcast facilities. Now, with gigabit Ethernet-based CobraNet available as a resource, we're well-poised to create a new generation of products offering even more in terms of performance and capabilities."
Steve Bassett, Cirrus Logic's CobraNet marketing manager, also welcomed the development: "QSC's continued commitment to CobraNet technology underscores CobraNet's leadership in this new era of products where higher channel count, lower latency and networked digital audio capabilities demand gigabit Ethernet networks as the standard platform."
Gibson Guitar Corporation and Biamp Systems have also recently become licensees of CobraNet's gigabit technology.
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