Cirrus, Gibson Guitar To Develop Digital Audio Wares

The two will develop gigabit Ethernet-based products to provide high bandwidth for audio and video transport applications.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Music instrument specialist Gibson Guitar Corp. and semiconductor maker Cirrus Logic Inc. announced an agreement to develop a new generation of digital audio networking products beginning in 2006.

Gibson (Nashville, Tenn.) and Cirrus Logic (Austin, Texas) will focus on the development of next-generation gigabit Ethernet-based products designed to provide high-bandwidth for audio and video transport applications.

The companies claim the technologies will improve the distribution and management of digital content for use in such fields as recording, live music distribution and network-based consumer content delivery.

As part of the agreement, Cirrus Logic and Gibson will jointly develop specifications for the new software protocol that will form the basis for the new products.

The new protocol will provide backward compatibility with Cirrus’ CobraNet chip technology as well as Gibson's MaGIC technology. This will help ensure existing customers an easy migration path that can utilize the ultra-high bandwidth provided by Gigabit Ethernet networks.

Gibson will continue to offer MaGIC on a royalty-free basis, further increasing the opportunities for companies to develop network media offerings. Additionally, Cirrus Logic will continue to develop and market its CobraNet Silicon Series of ICs and modules.

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