German music and DJ equipment designer Native Instruments is using a chip developed in Bristol by XMOS Semiconductor for its latest products. The Berlin company is using the XMOS single chip processors as an audio streaming platform in their product range, helping them to deliver systems that use the latest USBAudio Class 2.0 standard. “We are amazed by how rapidly our engineers have learnt to use XMOS devices, and the speed with which they are able to design new products,” said Mate Galic, Chief Technology Officer and President of Native Instruments.
The flexibility of the XMOS chip and software allows engineers to bring a range of equipment with new features to market much quicker than competitive solutions at the same time as adopting emerging standards. Native Instruments has integrated a single XMOS chip with software based on the XMOS USB Audio 2.0 reference design into a variety of new products. The ability to re-use major parts of the software allowed their engineers to focus on the differentiating features and reduce the time taken to bring the products to market.
Native Instruments has a mission to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions, styles and genres. It started providing real-time sound synthesis on standard computers in 1996, and today offers a range of products for musicians, producers and DJs. The company currently employs around 270 people in its two offices in Berlin and Los Angeles.
By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk