G O D i g i g r a m
for digital audio and remote management
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Competition in the growing electronic editing and manipulation of digital audio data; transmission
economy demands a constant search and device management over low-bandwidth networks; and
for better ways to transport program production for broadcast, CD, DVD, and other
and share data and to more media.
efficiently control networked devices.
Around the globe, Digigram’s hardware, software,
Digigram’s networking solutions for digital audio and and development tools are widely used to provide
remote management respond to that demand and are key advanced solutions to diverse markets. Our achievements are
to the success of media, communications, and industrial reached in collaboration with other technology inventors,
companies worldwide. application developers who base their
products on Digigram Powered
Our technologies are portable and solutions, and specialized sales and
scalable. They are implemented on marketing organizations. These
sound cards for personal computers, partnerships focus our activities on the P3
dedicated multimedia devices, audio needs of the ultimate customer, bring
production applications, stand-alone new offerings rapidly to market, and
broadcast and remote control increase the visibility of the Digigram
equipment, and other host platforms. brand.
Marian Marinescu (left),
Digigram’s 1999 acquisition of co-founder and President of the Supervisory Board, To fuel our growth, we invest
Aztec Radiomedia added expertise and Philippe Girard-Buttoz (right), substantially in research and
in industrial control to Digigram’s co-founder and President of the Executive Board development and have taken financial
technology portfolio. Our combined know-how in applying interest in other companies. We maintain a corporate
networking technologies to audio, broadcast, and Internet philosophy dedicated to superior customer support and
connectivity now includes audio data storage and retrieval; maintain offices worldwide to fulfill that commitment.
1985 1997 1999 2000
s Digigram founded in s Goes public on the Second s Enables Digigram Powered s Opens Digigram América
Grenoble in the French Alps. Marché of the Paris stock audio processing on the Latina in Buenos Aires,
exchange. native processors of Argentina, and a field
1989 s Opens Digigram Inc. near computers and other office in Tokyo, Japan.
s Introduces the first Washington, DC, to serve platforms through Virtual s Provides Linux driver for
professional PC sound North America. PCX software modules. PCX range of sound cards.
s Presents the first s Introduces technologies s Introduces HitPlayer,
card utilizing audio coding.
professional sound card for audio transmission via professional networked
for laptop computers, the Ethernet in the NCX audio appliance.
1993 PCXpocket. network audio terminal. s Delivers second-generation
s Launches the first sound
s Offers a high-level s Launches range of sound IP2 remote device
cards incorporating the
ISO/MPEG audio coding application-programming cards for lower-cost management interfaces.
standards that are now interface (API), PCXtools, applications on both
widely used in broadcast and free of charge. Windows and Mac OS 2001
multimedia. platforms. s Opens Digigram Europe.
1998 s Opens field office in Beijing,
s Partners with AT&T Labs
Opens Digigram Asia Pte China. to develop Advanced Audio
Ltd. in Singapore. s Completes acquisition of
Coding (AAC) technologies.
s Unveils sound card range s Delivers the PCXnp range
Aztec Radiomedia, s Acquires stake in Innova-
offering real-time of sound cards that delivers Strasbourg, France. Son, Brittany, France.
simultaneous MPEG enhanced, real-time s Releases miXart range of
coding/decoding and processing operations. multichannel audio
mixing of compressed processing and mixing
and linear tracks to the sound cards based on
same physical output. PowerPC processor.
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Digigram technology is used daily Public address and audio production
in a wide range of markets.
Whether a network consists of radio
or television transmissions, intranets,
or the Internet, our expertise in technology
integration results from our practical
application of emerging network Networked audio for public address
technologies, computer-based solutions, and permanent playback
broadcast, and industrial control.
This diverse market is poised to move away from
complex analog products. Background music, in-store
listening stations, transportation facilities, and other niches all
Radio require the reliability and ease-of-use afforded by enhanced
P4 digital audio solutions. Digigram’s Internet and Ethernet
audio networking technologies present fresh alternatives,
including remote control and update capabilities that can be
easily customized to specific applications.
Broadcast and Internet audio
automation and content creation
Digigram’s historical market has changed
substantially since we pioneered computer-assisted
radio solutions. Whether transmitted via traditional radio Pro audio and project studio
frequencies, satellite, or the Internet, Digigram continues to recording and production
address the requirements of radio by enhancing our tools for
news gathering, program creation, and broadcast automation. High-end facilities demand the most powerful,
Digigram digital audio technology powers over efficient technologies to remain competitive. Our
100 applications developed by our partners that are localized suite of digital audio editing and production tools and our
to specific requirements. high-performance range of sound cards are the basis for
unique, cost-effective solutions addressing this market. In
addition, our software products and sound cards offer project
studios and musicians the ability to use a portable computer
as a complete audio recording and production tool.
FM radio transmission
and signal analysis
Aztec Radiomedia built its reputation on reliable and Specialized audio acquisition,
high-quality products for FM broadcasting. An early storage, and analysis
innovator in FM subcarrier and digital FM equipment, we
understand the needs of the market and our newest products The demands for audio archiving products come
incorporate network control. from sectors such as judicial, financial, and public
safety. Our expertise in recording and managing compressed
audio data files enables us to partner with a number of
companies involved in the acquisition, indexing, storage, and
distribution of archival voice and sound. Digigram
technology allows sophisticated applications to be developed
rapidly and economically on standard desktop and laptop
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Industrial & telecom applications
Remote device management Audio for switched
Advanced IP2 innovations provide interconnection
for remote management and control of real world Digigram technology is applicable anywhere audio
devices via TCP/IP networking, the universal joins a network. Highly specialized computer sound-cards
communication basis of the Internet. Our small, dedicated- have been developed to interface the switched telephone
purpose hardware provides the building blocks for smart network with Customer Relationship Management software. P5
custom products that are easily integrated into existing
Digigram’s success is based on more than Look for the Digigram Powered mark of excellence
just technology. Our partners are software on products, in advertising, and at trade shows; it
and hardware developers, systems signals that the company has chosen to use top-performing
integrators, and specialized resellers. Digigram technology.
We also work closely with an international roster of
collaborators, such as AT&T Labs, Dolby Laboratories, and Resellers
the Fraunhofer Institute, to implement world-class,
standards-based products. This channel consists of systems integrators and
retail establishments that present Digigram-
Partners who present our technologies and products and Aztec Radiomedia- labeled products as
to the marketplace can be divided into two sales channels: complete, user-ready packages.
These integrate Digigram Powered technology into
their products and offer them to their targeted Becoming a partner
markets under their own brand names. They may
implement Digigram sound cards with applications Technology is only as good as the tools that allow
developed with our specialized tools, harnessing our software you to use it. At Digigram, we strive to make our
audio resources, incorporating our stand- technology accessible by providing free or low-cost access
alone devices, or licensing our know-how. to development kits and customized support. Additionally,
many of our products are appropriate for value-added
resellers in a number of markets. Our partners include
large multinational corporations, companies of all sizes,
individual developers. If your application requires digital
audio networking or remote device management,
Digigram may have a solution to give you a competitive
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Advanced technology, and the resources required to Research and development
properly support that technology, ignores borders. All
Digigram offices make personalized assistance a key part of A significant percentage of Digigram employees are
our relationships with our partners and users. By telephone, engineers performing fundamental research to expand the
fax, e-mail, and the Web, you may consult our engineers, breadth and depth of our know-how. A communications
obtain the latest software updates, access up-to-date matrix between the engineering development and marketing
documentation, or receive a prompt response to a question. staffs allocates our resources to maintain our technology edge
and turn ideas into products. Research and development are
Wherever you are, Digigram support is close by. To primarily conducted in our own facilities in Montbonnot and
address our global market, we established four regional Strasbourg, France.
business companies. These companies focus on the
promotion, sales and support of both Digigram and Aztec
Radiomedia branded products. Innova-Son
s Digigram Europe, established this year, serves our
partners and users in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. A In Januar y 2001, Digigram became a
natural evolution in the consolidation of the activities of stockholder of Innova-Son, a professional audio
Aztec Radiomedia into our overall strategies, Digigram console manufacturer for live performance, television,
Europe has its headquarter in Strasbourg and an office in theatre, conferencing and corporate events. Created
Montbonnot, France. in 1993 in France’s Brittany region, Innova-Son
(www.innovason.com) has a staff of 20. It was the first
s A North American subsidiary, Digigram, Inc., near company to introduce and deliver all-digital consoles
Washington, DC, was created in 1997. Subsequently, field to a market that is moving from analog to digital
offices have been established in Los Angeles, San Francisco, technology.
Digigram and Innova-Son’s strong technology,
s In 1998, Digigram Asia Pte Ltd. took root in Singapore product offerings and sales channels
and it presently has additional offices in Beijing, China and compliment each other, and will enable Digigram
Tokyo, Japan. to meet the growing demands of the public address
s Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the one-year-old
Digigram América Latina further contributes to our
San Francisco Washington Tokyo
Business development units
Research & Development units
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Technologies and Products
Sound cards for development
partner applications and for
pro audio and project studios
Our well-known PC sound cards are available in four
s miXart - Our newest offer is a unique platform, combining
powerful Digigram onboard processing with comprehensive
audio mixing functions. Three programming environments
can be used individually or in concert for the rapid creation s PCX - Our well-known range of cards are the basis for over
of sophisticated computer-based audio solutions. Based on 100 partner-developed applications. Significant on-board
the PowerPC processor, miXart brings new possibilities to digital signal processing (DSP) power is harnessed by
audio production and post-production, acquisition and Digigram Powered applications. PCX cards are available in
archiving, broadcast, security, and other demanding stereo and multichannel versions for both desktop and
professional applications. laptop computers.
s LCM - Digigram quality with fewer functions. Applications
may take advantage of on-board DSP on desktop stereo and
s VX - Professional hardware used when audio processing is
on the computers native processor. Stereo models are
available for desktop and laptop computers, with
multichannel models for desktops.
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Technologies and Products
Audio production software
s Xtrack is Digigram’s comprehensive suite of multitrack Digigram’s np SDK is designed to take full advantage of the
digital audio tools, designed to take advantage of the DSP functions of our sound cards and offers three interfaces:
P8 power of our sound cards. Specialized Xtrack modules
address the theater, film dubbing, and audio-for-video s PCXtools - Our high-level API, PCXtools, is provided as a
markets. Dynamic Link Library (DLL) and may be programmed using
Visual Basic, Delphi, and C/C++.
s PCX Designer Kit - For highly specialized applications,
this API provides access to low-level driver functions using
C/C++. Applications may be developed for Windows,
Linux, or Solaris.
s PCXedit - The engine inside of Xtrack, this development
interface is a modular package for the design of custom
digital audio editors and workstations.
Virtual PCX is a set of audio resource modules that run on
a computer’s native processor. Programmed using the np
SDK, these resource modules provide specific feature sets to
Digigram VX and third-party sound cards.
miXart Virtual Console SDK includes the object-oriented
VConsole Builder that allows a custom console configuration
to be constructed in a matter of hours on our miXart
s Digigram’s multichannel digital audio encoder platform. Using the low level VConsole Designer Kit, you may
permits the mastering of Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio also design a virtual console from scratch and virtual console
for broadcast and consumer use. features can be accessed to enhance your primary application.
IP2 Operating System and SDK
software Embedded into a number of our hardware products,
the IP2 operating system and SDK enable developers
Digigram audio resources to build automation applications and complex
systems that remotely control numerous, network-
Rapid application development is essential to connected devices. Our Netcom protocol creates a bridge
respond to the changing needs of users. Digigram offers between widely deployed serial communications (such as RS-
a number of powerful options to allow our partners to write 232) and more accessible command and control via IP
applications that can be modified for different purposes and networks.
price points. Depending on the tools selected, our software
can run on our sound cards’ DSP, the computers native
processor, or a combination of both.
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Networked audio playback Radio transmission and test
These products are offered under the Aztec
Digigram presents several options for background Radiomedia brand name and can include IP2
music in shops, restaurants, and other public places; technology for network control.
informational and director y systems in
transportation facilities and museums; corporate and s Radio Data System (RDS) and Digital Radio P9
institutional radio; audio for amusement parks and Channel (DARC) coding and receiving systems -
tourist facilities; and announcement and Using dedicated channels embedded in a standard FM radio
entertainment systems in trains, busses, and other signal, this data is used for car radio information systems,
vehicles. paging, public information services, and other applications.
s FM radio multiplexers - The creation of the FM radio
signal requires generation of the stereo audio signal and
associated data channels. The solutions of Aztec Radiomedia
create this multiplexed signal using complex digital signal
processing algorithms for improved quality for the listener
and reliability for the radio station operator.
s HitPlayer-L - This networked digital audio system
combines two stand-alone audio players with IP network s AZ100 FM Navigator - A compact, affordable
services into a superior solution for both automated and system for easy field surveys of an FM station’s
interactive audio applications. Whether the program complete signal. It can be set to measure
material is streamed, played from local storage, or a single or multiple frequencies, and includes
combination of both, HitPlayer-L is an innovative choice. a built-in GPS receiver for completely
Also available is the HitPlayer-B designed for broadcast automatic signal mapping. Model AZ1000
backup systems and for mobile, and other applications that is designed for fixed installations and provides
need a rugged rack-mount enclosure. similar measurements in a rack-mount unit.
s The SPX420 OEM board provides complete HitPlayer-L s FMtel3 - An “intelligent” FM tuner and RDS receiver
functions in a form factor for easy integration into custom equipped with an external modem. This combination makes
hardware configurations. the FMtel3 ideal for use at any remote location with only a
telephone line for means of communication. FMtel3
s NCX network audio facilitates the supervision of up to 32 FM stations and their
terminal uses standard RF audio and RDS parameters.
Ethernet for audio reproduction
over a distributed network or for
recording from multiple
locations. NCXplayer and
NCXengine are software tools to
rapidly implement automated
and large-network NCX-based
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Technologies and Products
Remote device management Navigation (dGPS)
IP2 technolog y permits high-level open Our positioning solutions for public transportation fleets
administration via common browsers and standard and other applications involving mobile network clients draw
Internet services. IP2 solutions are elegant options for on our knowledge of digital audio, data broadcasting (RDS,
security devices, distant manufacturing facilities, precision DARC), Global Positioning System (GPS), and Internet
P10 home electronics, and more. networking.
Several stand-alone products, such as the Aztec
IP2port and IP2switch, incorporate the IP2 operating
system with various levels of hardware connectivity. Also
available are development cards, with full IP2 functions, for
integration into host devices.
All IP2 products embed a Web server that allows
configuration in a user-friendly and intuitive manner. It can
be customized with standard Web editing tools. An SNMP
agent permits administration using SNMP protocol and using
a regular TCP connection, or UDP broadcast features, you can Custom hardware and
remotely control one or several devices from an external
application via Telnet. software development
IP2 also offers the ability to send e-mails, SNMP Digigram is uniquely qualified to research, design,
traps, and HTTP database requests over the fabricate, and deliver custom digital audio hardware and
network. Any event detected by an IP2-enabled device can software. Our track record of success in fulfilling specific
trigger these messages. A Telnet/RS-232 gateway is also customer requirements recommends us as a strong
provided by the IP2 operating system. collaborator when time-to-market is critical. Digigram
Powered solutions can be found in products as diverse as
multimedia servers, foreign language film dubbing, and