[LAD] Back from the grave?

Jack Hildwine jackhildwine at cox.net
Sun Nov 14 19:29:04 UTC 2010

These guys appear to have a close-to-AVB solution and are promising to
migrate to AVB while still preserving hardware investment through
firmware updates.  I don't know about their prices and you'd be using
their proprietary stuff right now but it may be an option worth looking


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I've been watching the Etherent/AVB situation for a while now. I was
disappointed when one potentially promising avenue was effectively
closed when
the manufacturers of an AVB endpoint module told me they were only
interested in
talking to commercial concerns, and then only under NDA. Maybe I'm wrong
but I
can't see how an NDA fits with an open standard!

However, all is not doom and gloom. Looking again at the xmos site I
came across


It is a bit thin on details, but the price doesn't seem unreasonable
when you
consider it will include 2 dev boards.

Some questions that occur to me and I don't have answers for:

What is the audio quality generally (bit depth, sample rate, noise
I notice that, as well as stereo in & out, they quote up to 8 I2S

How difficult would it be to create a jack 'endpoint' and control?

Would a variant of netjack be able to handle this?

All through, my wish has been to get away from soundcard obsolescence
(PCI?), vendor lock-in and software incompatibility. With the AVB
getting increasing support I believe that if any one compliant endpoint
can be
supported, then eventually many others could be. 

Will J Godfrey
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Exchange them and we can both have a poem, a tune, and a song.
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