Barix is introducing at ISE 2018 its newest-generation IP Audio Module, the IPAM 400. 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 an open-source programming model for supporting complex signal handling and an 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.
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 at last year’s ISE show. 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.
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. The IPAM 400 architecture also allows devices to be reinstalled, reformatted and updated remotely without risk of ‘bricking’ the units, avoiding expensive and user-frustrating product return cycles.
Samples of the IPAM 400 are available immediately to developers, with full-quantity shipments planned for later in Q1. The IPAM 400 and other Barix products can be viewed at ISE 2018 in Amsterdam next month in stand 8-K255.