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UMAN ’empowers’ manufacturers with new AVB OS

Paddy Baker 15 March 2010
UMAN 'empowers' manufacturers with new AVB OS

UMAN GmbH will present UNOS (Universal Network Operating System) for the first time at Prolight + Sound later this month. A platform- and network-independent software package, UNOS has been designed to enable the easy integration of audio, video and lighting devices into networks.

In UNOS, devices obtain a streaming interface and an easily programmed and powerful graphic user interface. As a result, says UMAN, UNOS offers manufacturers "swift and risk-free migration" to Ethernet AVB (Audio-Video Bridging) without the costly overheads of in-house development.

The ‘netOS’ comprises three groups of software: UNOS core, UNOS vision and UNOS creator. UNOS core provides the low-level communication and runs in a wide variety of embedded environments. It uses an open standard as a protocol and, via hardware drivers, supports many current as well as future network standards such as IEEE 1722, IEEE 1588, IP, UPnP, NAS, MIDI, CAN and RS-232. UNOS core is implemented and tested on the commonly encountered embedded environments and can be adjusted to manufacturer-specific hardware and standard chipsets.

Other aspects of the specification include: the ability to create graphic user interfaces simply and swiftly by drag-and-drop without having to write code; and the platform-independent UNOS vision browser, which runs under Windows, Mac OS, Linux and iPhone, and makes it possible for users to control all the connected devices remotely.

UMAN CEO Jürgen Scheuring told II: "UMAN empowers manufacturers to make a smooth and swift adoption of the emerging AVB standards. We co-operate with hardware suppliers such as XMOS and TC Applied Technologies on easy-to-implement though feature-rich solutions that enable a roll-out of AVB compliant devices until the end of the year."

A comprehensive demo with AVB network integration can be seen at PL+S in Hall 9.0, Booth A38.

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