Strategic Alliance Streamlines Product Development

US CEntrance partner with Oxford Semiconductor to directly support developers with FireWire solutions      10/07/07

Strategic Alliance Streamlines Product Development

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CEntrance, a leader in professional audio technology, and Oxford Semiconductor, a global leader in connectivity, announced today a new development partnership. The alliance combines CEntrance's rapid product development expertise with Oxford's low-cost FireWire audio controllers to create a global support solution for audio and consumer electronics OEMs.
Having developed FireWire products for famous brands, CEntrance is ideally positioned to be Oxford's development partner. Oxford will continue to offer its standards-compliant FireWire audio controllers, while CEntrance will take a more active role in supporting Oxford's clients with custom hardware, software and driver solutions, including CEntrance's recently released aggregating drivers for Windows Vista.
Michael Goodman, Managing Director of Centrance, told us, "Audio applications demand FireWire, which is better than USB in handling streaming audio. Today, the cost of FireWire and USB solutions is practically the same, yet FireWire saves CPU resources for audio processing and offers more robust performance and flexible signal routing than USB. Oxford has a definite winner in this space."
Antoine Michaud, VP Connectivity Solutions of Oxford Semiconductor had this to say, "CEntrance improved the content creation experience under Windows by developing robust, low-latency, aggregating audio drivers. Our audio controllers now offer similar performance and stability on both operating systems, offering customers the highest levels of quality and platform flexibility."
The CEntrance audio driver engine is in use in major studios, production and theater companies around the world. It is compatible with ASIO2, GSIF2, and has been road-tested with a variety of pro-audio applications, such as Cubase, Sonar, Sound Forge, and GigaStudio. The product supports all standard resolutions and bit depths, and features round-trip audio latency of just under 6 milliseconds.
About CEntrance, Inc.
Founded in 2000, CEntrance designs, licenses, and brings to market differentiated audio and entertainment products. CEntrance is well known for its co-development work with pro-audio industry leaders such as Alesis, Harman, Gibson, Line 6, Mackie, and Zoom. The company's holistic, customer-focused approach blends product strategy, design, innovation, and outsourcing coordination. CEntrance is headquartered near Chicago with offices across the globe.
About Oxford Semiconductor
Oxford Semiconductor is a global leader in storage and connectivity technology and provides a broad portfolio of semiconductor "System on Chip" products enabling electronic devices to exchange or back-up data and share resources. The company's high performance connectivity solutions are an essential ingredient in a diverse range of highly differentiated end products, from external data storage and mobile phones to printers and point-of-sale equipment. Oxford's market leading product portfolio includes:
  • Direct-attached (FireWire / USB / RAID) and network-attached storage (NAS) controllers.
  • Serial communication bridges for PCI, miniPCI, Compact Flash and PC Cards.
  • USB host, peripheral and On-The-Go controllers.
  • Network connectivity controllers.
Founded in 1992, Oxford Semiconductor is a privately held fabless company headquartered in San Jose, California with its key design center in Abingdon, UK and sales support offices worldwide.
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