JOYNED – Case Study

JOYNED is a software startup that helps manufacturers of professional audio equipment to integrate open standard network technology into their products. Having discovered XMOS, JOYNED set about tailoring their software to XMOS processors. The two companies now work collaboratively to deliver a whole-system audio network solution. 

Founder and CEO of JOYNED, Fabian Braun, worked actively in defining the open standards for audio networking, together with other industry representatives under the Avnu Alliance’s and IEEE’s umbrella. The standards provide the rules, criteria, and conventions to interoperate with each other over the network. Open standards are the sustainable and reliable domain for networked audio.

During this time, Fabian recognised that the manufacturers of audio equipment are still challenged to integrate these new standards into their products. With manufacturers facing a lack of resource or specialist knowledge, and the risk of deciding on one standard, Fabian discovered the common need to have a proven, reliable, and market-ready solution to leverage the implementation of network technology into their products. 

Combining his deep technical understanding of this complex field with a product-oriented approach, Fabian and the JOYNED team went about developing a software stack to address the standards while removing the barriers for manufacturers.

JOYNED sought out a hardware solution to complement their software stack, delivering the crucial real-time capabilities and deterministic programming that are essential for pro audio applications.

Having been aware of XMOS’ strong reputation in the industry, and their breakthrough reference design for AVB, JOYNED found that XMOS delivered the necessary precise calculations and programmability required. The low power consumption and scalability of the XMOS solution was also highly desirable, enabling management of simple configurations, complex scenarios, and everything in between.

JOYNED began tailoring their software to XMOS processors, ensuring compliance with updated standards and specifications, with AVB/Milan the first standard supported by the software stack.

They found that the XMOS multicore architecture enabled a very attractive cost-performance ratio for the pro audio industry, allowing for the combination of audio over ethernet, signal processing and remote control in a single chip. The implications that this brought for both cost and efficiency very early in the supply chain were significant and translated into attractive business models.

Pairing the technical and commercial benefits of XMOS solutions has enabled JOYNED to offer customers a more appealing feature set with great performance at a competitive price. They recommend XMOS to their customers, providing specifications and best practices to fulfill the specific audio network requirements and get the best out of the JOYNED software.

With a fluid and collaborative relationship between the two companies, JOYNED look forward to offering more and more features based on XMOS xcore® microcontrollers, delivering their audio network know-how to a broader customer base.

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