CEntrance Combines USB, 1394 Audio Devices with Windows Vista New Driver Engine Simplifies Technology Migration for OEMs

CEntrance, a leader in professional audio technology, announced on the opening day of the 2007 Microsoft Audio Music Partner (AMP) Summit that its USB and 1394 audio drivers, which aggregate hardware devices, are now available for Windows Vista. With this new release, CEntrance improves upon its device aggregation technology by enabling consumers to connect 1394 and USB audio interfaces at the same time and use them together, offering an unprecedented level of signal routing flexibility on the Windows platform. The new CEntrance aggregating drivers continue to offer proven low latency and crash-proof reliability, and are already compatible with the majority of 1394 and USB chips on the market.

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 ms, for 1394 and USB.

While consumers will clearly benefit from this technology via an improved user experience, OEMs will feel the largest impact of this announcement. Using a single driver engine simplifies the technology roadmap for a device manufacturer, who can now offer one Windows driver for the entire product line. The need to support existing products will no longer come at the expense of innovation.

Manufacturers can quickly embrace new chips and technologies without fear of losing compatibility with existing products.

"New 1394 and USB chips constantly enter the market," explained Michael Goodman, Managing Director of CEntrance. "Staying on the cutting edge often means making a tough choice between new interface technology and an existing platform. CEntrance solved this dilemma by creating OEM drivers that are future-proof and compatible with an entire product line. One driver for all products - this is how CEntrance saves money in New Product Development."

"Audio and video production situations often require more inputs and outputs than what comes built in to a laptop or desktop PC," said Dan Moore, business development manager for the Developer & Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft Corp. "We are excited about new technologies that enhance the capabilities of USB and 1394 devices, thereby increasing the PC's usefulness in these situations and providing a better overall user experience for our customers."