NetSilicon And Micronas Combine To Offer High Performance Web Radio

By | October 1, 2001 at 12:00 AM

NetSilicon, Inc., Germany-based Micronas GmbH, and FS FORTH-SYSTEME GmbH announced their cooperation in developing a high-performance MP3 Internet radio application, called NetworkAudio.

“The innovative NetworkAudio Web radio is a result of the seamless cooperation among three leading edge companies with vast expertise in embedded networking and digital audio technology,” said Michael Evensen, EMEA vice president, NetSilicon. “Electronic product OEMs can now leverage a complete, off-the-shelf reference design and development kit for very low bill-of-materials costs, allowing OEMs to begin product development immediately. The NetworkAudio reference design can therefore drastically reduce OEMs’ designs risks, cost, and time-to-market.”

NetworkAudio allows access to over 33,000 Internet radio stations available worldwide without using a Web browser. NetworkAudio can be accessed via any broadband Internet line, such as DSL, Powerline, Home PNA, or an Ethernet Local Area Network. The necessary processing hardware, application-specific and networking software, protocols, and drivers come in one complete system. NetSilicon provided the open source version of its device networking platform, NET+Works(TM), which integrates the NET+ARM ® networked microprocessor with the uClinux operating system; FS FORTH-SYSTEME supplied the development board; and Micronas provided the intelligent audio decoder for the NetworkAudio application, called MAS35xxF.

The NetworkAudio application incorporates two processors in the design. NetSilicon’s integrated “solution-on-chip” allows access to radio stations on the Internet, while the Micronas audio decoder converts the compressed digital audio signal from MP3 format into an analog sound signal.

“With NetworkAudio, manufacturers of electronic products can leverage a complete, production-ready application with very lowdevelopment costs,” said Hubertus von Janecek, director, Personal Digital Entertainment, Micronas. “We believe that the NetworkAudio product offers OEMs the quickest design-to-revenue cycle possible.”

The family concept of Micronas’ audio processor MAS35xxF enables OEMs to manufacture applications with bi-directional audio or voice services, such as Internet broadcast stations or Voice-over-IP devices using the same platform. The NetworkAudio evaluation kit is production-ready and comprises the NetworkAudio board, which includes software and application notes. This allows OEMs to shorten their development time while reducing design risks and cost. The kits are available from FS FORTH-SYSTEME immediately.

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