Barix introduces openly-programmable IP audio module

Barix introduces openly-programmable IP audio module
Building on the company’s rich history in supplying its Audio over IP technology and expertise to third-party developers as well as end-users, Barix is introducing its newest-generation IP Audio Module, the IPAM 400. The openly-programmable and cost-effective IPAM 400 enables OEM manufacturers and systems integrators to build advanced, audio-based solutions with less risk and faster time to market. 
The Linux-based IPAM 400 is Barix’s most powerful OEM audio platform to date, combining a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 MPCore processor and exceptional performance with an open-source programming model to support complex signal handling and a virtually unlimited array of applications. The new module supports multiple audio formats and features stereo audio, network, USB, GPIO and serial interfaces alongside built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, enabling developers to easily incorporate advanced audio processing, IP-based streaming and control functionality into their product designs. 
“We’re delighted to introduce our next-generation IPAM platform with state-of-the-art functionality, performance and security to meet OEM customers’ evolving needs, all at our lowest IPAM price point ever,” said Reto Brader, VP of Sales and Marketing, Barix. “While our end-user products continue to be extremely popular, our OEM solutions are a significant and thriving part of our business. The IPAM 400 leverages our 16 years of proven expertise and the experience that comes from having more than 100,000 of our modules in the field for applications from commercial audio streaming to mission-critical communications. OEM manufacturers can build on the IPAM 400 with confidence, knowing that it is a reliable and future-proof professional platform that will be available for a long time.”
The IPAM 400 continues Barix’s move towards an open-source, Linux-based approach, which began with the introduction of the Barionet 1000 control module. While previous IPAM models included libraries of finished applications and clients, the IPAM 400 provides systems integrators and OEMs with a blank slate upon which they can tap into the open source community or develop almost any audio-oriented application they can envision. While customers can select their preferred operating system implementation and install their own image, Barix provides an example Yocto image that includes firmware upgrade and advanced recovery function for the platform. Barix can also work closely with customers’ development teams to realize their desired applications through various levels of support, consulting and professional services. 
Addressing developer’s escalating security requirements, the IPAM 400 can run multiple encryption and decryption processes concurrently for data, streams and web server access, enabling the creation of products supporting the latest security standards. Eliminating a common pain point plaguing vendors building products on general-purpose, off-the-shelf platforms, the IPAM 400 architecture allows devices to be reinstalled, reformatted and updated remotely without risk of ‘bricking’ the units, avoiding expensive and user-frustrating product return cycles. 
In addition to being offered to OEM developers, the IPAM 400 is at the heart of new Barix end-user products including the Audio Point 3.0 third-generation audio signage solution and the Exstreamer S hardware for the Barix Retail Player system.

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