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BridgeCo Launches Entertainment Network Adapter for Pro Audio at NAMM Show.

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NAMM NAMM International Music Products Association
NAMM National Association of Music Merchants
NAMM National Association of Music Manufacturers
NAMM National Association of Mirror Manufacturers

ANAHEIM, Calif. & ZURICH, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 16, 2003

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Professional Audio Manufacturers

Today at the International Music Products Association (SM) (NAMM) convention, BridgeCo AG launched their Entertainment Network Adapter A printed circuit board that plugs into the bus of both user machines (clients) and servers in a local area network (LAN). Also commonly called a "network interface card" (NIC) or "LAN card," the network adapter transmits data onto the network and receives data from the network.  (ENA ENA Ecole Nationale d'Administration (French)
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) for the Professional Audio market, the long-awaited key technology that provides signal transport and conversion over a standards-compliant FireWire(TM) interface.

Utilizing BridgeCo's powerful DM1000 silicon configured with their various software modules, manufacturers can quickly bring professional audio devices to market for music creation and post production.

BridgeCo's ENA is based on embedded, secure software running on an integrated, network and signal processor. The breakthrough chip architecture, kernel operating system operating system (OS)

Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs.
, and application- and device-specific software modules support sampling rates up to 192 kb/s with less than 1 millisecond One thousandth of a second. See space/time and ohnosecond.

(unit) millisecond - (ms) One thousandth of a second, one thousand microseconds. A long time for a modern computer.
 latency and up to 128 audio channels at 96k/24b. The ENA also provides an Ethernet interface, 1394a or 1394b link layer interface, and powerful signal processing See DSP.  at the front end. BridgeCo provides evaluation boards and development tools that allow manufacturers to test and integrate the ENA into a wide variety of devices.

Evidence of BridgeCo's desirability is M-Audio's FW410 Breakout Box A device inserted into a multiple-line cable for testing purposes that provides an external connecting point to each wire. A small LED may be attached to each line, which glows when a signal is present.

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, previewed at the NAMM show The NAMM Show is one of the largest music products trade shows in the world. Held every January in Anaheim, California, USA the show brings together all facets of the music products industry to reveal new musical instruments/products and ideas to help music products retailers and . The FW410 supports 4 analog or digital inputs plus 10 analog or digital outputs plus MIDI I/O (Input/Output) The transfer of data between the CPU and a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input to another. See PC input/output.

I/O - Input/Output
 and utilizes up to a 400Mb/s FireWire(TM) connection to the PC or Mac.

"M-Audio's FW410 is an excellent example of how a leading Professional Audio manufacturer saw the potential of the BridgeCo ENA," commented Christof Heidelberger, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of BridgeCo. "In a matter of months, M-Audio was able to launch an industry- leading device at a very competitive price point. BridgeCo's ENA was the only solution that met the demanding specifications and deadlines that M-Audio required."

The inclusion of a low latency digital Direct Monitor Mixer demonstrates the power of BridgeCo's DM1000-based ENA platform that is ideally suited for the Professional Audio market.

"The BridgeCo ENA is truly designed to allow the manufacturer the ability to quickly integrate the differentiating device functionality needed, yet get the product to market in an optimal timeframe," enthused Tim Ryan, President of M-Audio. "We're looking forward to many more products built around the BridgeCo ENA."

Further information about BridgeCo is available at Private meetings and demonstrations of the BridgeCo ENA are available at the NAMM show by contacting Mark Bridgwater or Gerhard Sattel at the numbers or email above.

About BridgeCo:

BridgeCo AG, based in Zurich, Switzerland with marketing and sales representatives in the United States, develops entertainment network adapters (ENAs) based on embedded, secure software running on BridgeCo's integrated network and signal processor. The uniquely integrated chip architecture, kernel operating system, and application- and device-specific software modules support standards-based connectivity and signal processing algorithms. Built into PC and CE entertainment devices, ENAs enable professional audio manufacturers to create digital entertainment content and consumers to create their own simple and seamless home Entertainment Continuum conveniently, comfortably and cost-effectively. The applications include the range of analog and digital, PC and CE, wired and wireless devices; e.g. networked loudspeakers, audio/video receivers, digital processing receivers, digital video devices, musical instruments, external sound cards and set-top boxes. BridgeCo's Investors include: Benchmark Capital, Earlybird, Infineon Ventures, and Intel Capital. BridgeCo is a member of NAMM, the Consumer Electronics Association and the 1394 Trade Association. Detailed information on BridgeCo, its technology and products is available on


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