Italian loudspeaker manufacturer Outline has announced its next generation of multi-function processing and control with the Newton – a full-featured, FPGA-based ‘Multi Media Nucleus’ that takes technology convergence for audiovisual systems to a new level.

In addition to comprehensive loudspeaker system control facilities, Nucleus offers media conversion, sync and clock management, plus audio distribution with networking capability, along with a very high potential I/O count (up to 216 in both directions simultaneously). Newton also features several innovations that solve common real-world problems.

As standard it is fitted with analogue, AES, Madi optical, Madi coaxial and Dante inputs and outputs, which can be freely mixed and matched to suit the application. Further, it has the unique ability to simultaneously manage multiple clocks from different sources – this means that several non-synchronised digital protocols can be connected to Newton without affecting the phase coherence of the audio outputs.

Newton is also equipped for the most mission-critical applications in terms of backup strategies – for example, unlike any other device currently available, it features dual redundant internal power supplies with separate AC inlets. It can also be configured to use different types of input as ‘main’ and ‘backup’ with auto-switchover in the event of failure, providing a safety net for televised events and similar applications.

Newton will be available in three hardware versions with differing combinations of digital and analogue connections.


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