New DICE III Digital I/Os from TC Applied

TC Applied DICE

TC Applied Technologies’ components are based around their DICE™ series of integrated circuits, which are dedicated audio interface chips, designed by engineers passionate about audio and optimized for the application. That means they’re easier to design with, so you’ll spend less time and money on R&D. Most importantly, with inherently lower latency and lower power you’ll get performance unachievable with other I/Os.

Unparalleled performance with TC Applied’s DICE III Digital I/Os

The new DICE III family includes the TCD3000, TCD3020, TCD3040 and TCD3070, and is reinforced by TC Applied’s cutting edge software solutions, such as intuitive DICE Firmware SDK, and high performance drivers that allow PC/Mac users, gamers and musicians to benefit from the lowest latency audio possible.

All DICE chips also include TC’s patented JetPLL™ jitter reduction technology, which recovers audio network data clocks with crystal clarity, resulting in audibly better sound – and being extremely tolerant to wide variations in clock frequencies, these parts are expectedly robust.

The TCD3000 and TCD3020 are CMOS-based, audio streaming USB controllers with an on-board ARMTM processor, and offer a true single chip solution for USB audio of the highest performance and quality. Lowest possible latency and highest possible channel counts are guaranteed, and the chips include synchronous and asynchronous modes. The TCD3000 is the lower cost, typically 4×4-channel version, while the TCD3020 is typically for 18×18-channels.

The TCD3040 is an Ethernet AVB (Audio & Video Bridging) interface, capable of transmitting and receiving a minimum of 8 audio channels in and 8 out. TC Applied are championing this IC as pro audio’s first AVB hardware streaming in silicon designed for AVB end-nodes such as active speakers, amplifiers and stage boxes.

TCD3070 is essentially the full package, with USB (48×48), AVB (128×128) and additional FireWire IEEE1394 (126×126) audio streaming functionality. It is designed with multi-functionality and configurability in mind, and is ideal for more complex applications such as recording interfaces and digital mixing consoles.

You’ll find further details on these parts, as well as links to the cut sheets and firmware SDK here.