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Tascam audio chooses BeIA as platform for next-gen audio products

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 18 Jan, 2001 @ 9:31 AM
 
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Tascam just announced the selection of BeIA as the platform for future TEAC audio production products. TASCAM is a huge name in audio, and I have used their products on several occasions, with great results. This is a huge announcement for BeIA expanding beyond the typical niche that it is percieved in. This should have some amazing results. Read on for the press release..

Press Release

ANAHEIM, Calif.–Jan. 18, 2001–TASCAM, the professional division of the TEAC Corp., today announced that BeIA, the complete IA solution, from Be Inc. has been selected
as the base operating platform for future TASCAM advanced audio
products under TEAC’s OEM and Distribution Agreement with Be.

TASCAM will be working with Be’s Client Platform, a component of
BeIA, the complete IA solution. The Client Platform consists of an
integrated operating system environment and key applications and tools
that enable the creation of Internet appliances and dedicated devices
with customizable capabilities.

“BeIA offers numerous technical advantages that make it the ideal
core software component for building high-performance, pro-audio
embedded systems and appliances,'’ said Mike McRoberts, international
product development manager of TASCAM. “TASCAM selected the BeIA
Client Platform because it can be completely optimized for the
demanding requirements of music and multimedia production. It offers a
unique combination of features, performance, stability, and ease of
programming not found in other platforms. BeIA Client Platform also
enables us to develop our products on standard PC hardware, all the
way through product completion.”

BeIA is free of legacy support issues and was designed from the
ground up to satisfy the real-time processing and data storage
requirements of today’s digital media, while running on standard PC
hardware. BeIA is also designed to transparently support multiple
processors, and contains a real-time kernel that provides excellent
performance for applications that need to manipulate large amounts of
audio, video, image, and network data.

“TASCAM has a long history of developing innovative products for
the professional audio market,” said Lamar Potts, Vice President,
Sales and Marketing at Be. “The selection of BeIA Client Platform as
the core technology for TASCAM’s upcoming devices is a note of
confidence to BeIA’s stability and versatility.”

Pricing and Availability

TASCAM products that incorporate BeIA technology will be announced
later this year.

About BeIA: The Complete IA Solution

BeIA is comprised of the Client Platform, Integration Services and
the BeIA Management and Administration Platform. This integrated
package of small footprint client-side software; development,
customization and device management tools and services; and key third
party services and technology, delivers a complete Internet appliance
solution to device and service providers, including consumer
electronics companies.

About Be

Founded in 1990, Be Inc. creates software solutions that enable
rich media and Web experiences on personal computers and Internet
appliances. Be’s headquarters are in Menlo Park, Calif., and its
European office is in Paris, France. It is publicly traded on the
Nasdaq National Market under the symbol BEOS. Be can be found on the
Web at http://www.be.com.

About TASCAM

TASCAM is the professional division of TEAC Corporation and
produces the most comprehensive line of audio recorders and related
equipment in the pro audio industry. TASCAM has offices in the U.S,
U.K., Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Australia,
Japan, Mexico and Latin America. For additional information, contact:

TASCAM 7733 Telegraph Road Montebello, CA 90640 (323) 726-0303
www.tascam.com

Be Incorporated Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this Press Release that are not
historical facts are “forward-looking statements” including without
limitation statements regarding plans for product development and
release, future availability and performance of BeIA, and third party
devices and applications utilizing BeIA, including professional and
entertainment devices, the market penetration and market acceptance of
BeIA in the professional audio and entertainment device markets, and
the benefit of such products to customers, device manufacturers and
developers. Actual events or results may differ materially as a result
of risks facing Be Incorporated or actual results differing from the
assumptions underlying such statements. Such risks and assumptions
include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to
product development, the competition and market acceptance of BeIA
especially for the professional audio and entertainment device market,
and our ability to meet customer and developer demands. All
forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety
by the “Risk Factors” and other cautionary statements included in Be
Incorporated’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December
31, 1999, and other public filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission.



36 Responses to “Tascam audio chooses BeIA as platform for next-gen audio products”

  1. Ed Says:

    Isn’t BeOS a specific version of BeIA???

    I’m just wondering…
    BeOS was a great OS for the dektop, from which was expanded something more wide, expandable, customisable, named BeIA.
    Now what if someone asks for a customized version of BeIA that, say, can be used on standard PCs, with HW OGL, top networking, and be used as a replacement OS for Windows, more stable, user friendly, snappier…
    Yeah, we could get an updated BeOS that way… and close the loop…

  2. IAmWhoIHam Says:

    In Response To Ruprect @ 01/18/2001 11:51:26 AM

    Re: How about the stock?

    Why would the stock price move?

    First, this is a great deal (the third pro-audio company I can think of off-hand using BeOS/BeIA in their hardware). However, it’s not a huge deal like the Sony or Qubit deals, because these devices aren’t being sold to Joe Blow.

    Second, the stock price likely will not really start moving until Be reports favorable revenues/earnings.

    If enough of these announcements pile up, the stock price will move simply because people will have more faith in Be eventually turning profitable. It would also help for more devices to start actually shipping…

  3. rgering Says:

    In Response To Ruprect @ 01/18/2001 11:51:26 AM

    Re: How about the stock?

    I would love to see the stock preform better, but I think it has faired OK. I mean look at the market, everything is down, life on the NASDAQ is not particularly good. I think Be will rebound latter when the Nas has better stability and of course positive earnings would help a bunch.
    RobG
    Remeber to read “The ‘Any’ Key”

  4. IAmWhoIHam Says:

    In Response To Ed @ 01/18/2001 12:08:57 AM

    BeOS == BeIA

    BeIA is just a trimmed down version of BeOS. I believe they are basically becoming interchangeable words to mean the same thing… the codebase derived from BeOS.

    If Be actually named all the different “versions” of BeIA, their would be too many to keep track of. I’m sure Sony has one branch of the code which supports Sony’s memory stick. Qubit has one branch that supports any special hardware they might have on the pad. The Aura version may in fact be BeOS (since it does support BFS, which most IA’s do not need).

    When they are talking about a device, Be will probably refer to it as BeIA. When they are talking about it on a PC, they will refer to it as BeOS…

    Eventually new tech in the IA’s running BeIA will find their way into BeOS.

  5. El-Al Says:

    [No Subject]

    now…….I’ve NEVER been one who’s known for his use of expletives but……..:

    fu**in’ YOWSA!!!

  6. DaaT Says:

    in awe

    OK… this is… oh man… WWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!

    Amazing, awesome, incredible, YESSSSS….

    Ok.. i think you get my drift.. back to work now…
    damn it’s dead in here today…

    DaaT

  7. DaaT Says:

    In Response To El-Al @ 01/18/2001 10:10:09 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    You’ve never been known for use of expletives? Ok El-Al… you can try and fool the people who don’t know you from Beshare or jabber… but both you and me know that’s simply NOT.. false.. hehe.

    Great news!!!

    DaaT

    P.S.: Tried to connect to jabber.org using winjab here at work… blasted MS Proxy…

  8. El-Al Says:

    [No Subject]

    …..I’ll say it again:

    fr**kin’ YES!!!

  9. El-Al Says:

    [No Subject]

    DaaT: don’t you think your response was just a little ‘overstated’ ?

    ;o)

  10. Aeris the wired Says:

    Hmmmmm……

    Doesn’t it seem that we’re seeing a shift in the pattern of thought for small footprint OS’s? This one seems most likly so, who’d imagine the BeIA running on proefessional audio equipment? I certainly wouldn’t have thought about that off handedly.

    It’s similar with Sony I’d imagine. Although the BeIA is currently only being used on their eVilla, Sony makes a lot of other equipment which could possibly benifit from the same technology use Tascam’s.

    I wonder what other devices that would (seriously) benifit from such use.

    -Aeris the wired
    aeris@deninet.com

  11. DaaT Says:

    Fun @ Work

    Ok.. what’s this.. you want a race?!?!?!?!
    GAME ON MAN!!! :)

    DaaT

  12. DaaT Says:

    In Response To El-Al @ 01/18/2001 10:19:32 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    No i don’t. I have nothing to do at work, that sure woke me up and got me high :) )

    DaaT

  13. DaaT Says:

    In Response To El-Al @ 01/18/2001 10:19:32 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    No i don’t. I have nothing to do at work, that sure woke me up and got me high :) )

    DaaT

  14. David Huff Says:

    URLs on TASCAM or TEAC pages ?

    Does anyone have any URLs from the TASCAM or TEAC websites that have more info on this announcement ?

  15. El-Al Says:

    In Response To DaaT @ 01/18/2001 10:20:41 AM

    Re: Fun @ Work

    heh! …..hehe!

  16. David Huff Says:

    In Response To David Huff @ 01/18/2001 10:26:26 AM

    Re: URLs on TASCAM or TEAC pages ?

    Well, OK, here’s one from Yahoo!Finance:

    Be and TASCAM Announce the Selection of BeIA

  17. BoulaOne Says:

    BeIA on a pc?!? :)

    “[…]while running on standard PC hardware. BeIA is also designed to transparently support multiple processors, and contains a real-time kernel that provides excellent performance for applications that need to manipulate large amounts of audio, video, image, and network data. ”

    I’ve never had so much information about BeIA !!
    SMP support !
    PC hardware ! etc…
    Running BeIA on a pc?!? Wow ! :)
    I wonder if it supports hardware openGl?

    What do you think?

  18. David Bruce Says:

    In Response To BoulaOne @ 01/18/2001 11:18:05 AM

    Re: BeIA on a pc?!? :)

    I think they just took an old BeOS description and replaced “BeOS” with “BeIA”. I for one am getting really curious about just what BeIA is - the little Be has said is just that the core of it is basically a subset of BeOS with adaptions to give it an extremely small footprint.

    It would be great to someday see a newsletter article detailing the architecture of BeIA like Howard Berkey’s article on BONE last year. I have a sneaking suspicion that Be’s partners would never allow this.

    btw, what happened to the BMessage? It supposedly comes out on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, but there hasn’t been a new one since December 16.

  19. Ruprect Says:

    How about the stock?

    Man, this really is encouraging! First Intel (sort of), then Sony, now TEAC. Man, keep going Be!

    Ok, how come the stock price hasn’t gone up though? Shouldn’t it be up there a little bit more?

  20. IAmWhoIHam Says:

    In Response To IAmWhoIHam @ 01/18/2001 12:32:46 AM

    Hey, I was right!

    Found this reply on BeNews from a Tascam employee:

    “BeOS and BeIA, in this context, are interchangable terms. One is simply the newer, marketing-friendly version of the other. As it happens, we are based on BeOS R5.0.3.”

    Guess I was right!!! =)

  21. mlk Says:

    In Response To David Bruce @ 01/18/2001 11:34:40 AM

    Re: BeIA on a pc?!? :)

    BeIA is BeOS, but (as you can do with BeOS) some of the servers removed.
    As well as rewrites of some of the servers (and maybe bits of the Kernal, but I don’t know about that one).

    As well as that, the app_server is replaced with effectivly a full screen web client (from what I can work out).

    Now, anything BeOS can do, BeIA can do (prob better, as it’s got some ‘newer’ bits. Part of the greatness of BeOS is that any bit of it can be ripped out, and the system remains uneffected).

    OK, I hope this helps you out, BeIA can o/c run on my duel 466C, as it could run on works P133, coz BeOS can. However the P133 would prob be cheeper, cos the hard ware is cheeper, and I would not need duel proc support.

    Note: All of this is patched together from what I have read on the subject. I am not a member of BeIA’s fun club (untill I get $100 to spend:) )

    mlk

  22. houttbe Says:

    In Response To IAmWhoIHam @ 01/18/2001 3:37:21 PM

    Re: Hey, I was right!

    The employee is Daniel Switkin, known inter alia from ImageViewer http://www.bebits.com/app/1281.

  23. DJMaytag Says:

    In Response To BoulaOne @ 01/18/2001 11:18:05 AM

    Re: BeIA on a pc?!? :)

    This is a post from BeNews discussions:
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~—
    It’s great to see the community is as excited about a partnership with Tascam as we are to be using BeOS. A couple of clarifications:

    1. BeOS and BeIA, in this context, are interchangable terms. One is simply the newer, marketing-friendly version of the other. As it happens, we are based on BeOS R5.0.3.

    2. This announcement has nothing to do with HARP.

    Daniel Switkin
    TASCAM PARC

  24. Recovering Alcoholic Says:

    In Response To IAmWhoIHam @ 01/18/2001 12:28:46 AM

    Who’s the third.

    So we have Tascam and RADAR. Who is the third???

  25. Dianne Hackborn Says:

    In Response To mlk @ 01/18/2001 4:14:17 PM

    Re: BeIA on a pc?!? :)

    A small clarification –

    BeIA has (essentially) the same app_server as BeOS. The browser application just runs as a full-screen window, and goes to a lot of effort to try to keep things that would normally appear in secondary windows as components of its own window. (The big exception to this is, I believe, Java programs. If they open their own window, you will see the normal kind of BeOS window pop up on top of the browser. We would rather not have this happen, though.)

  26. IAmWhoIHam Says:

    In Response To Recovering Alcoholic @ 01/18/2001 4:34:36 PM

    Re: Who’s the third.

    Whoops, sorry, there are only two pro-audio. I was counting Edirol’s DV7 (pro video solution):

    http://www.edirol.com/dv7/

  27. mario Says:

    It’s actually running BeOS

    Read the comment on BeNews.com!

  28. LeftTurn Says:

    In Response To DJMaytag @ 01/18/2001 4:32:28 PM

    Re: BeIA on a pc?!? :)

    I do say welcome and awesome! Can’t wait to see some of the goodies your company is cooking up :)

  29. LeftTurn Says:

    WooHoo!

    Yippee! More promising news for Be, BeIA, and ppossibly BeOS! Things really seem to be looking up :)
    Can’t wait to see some of these goodies!

  30. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To BoulaOne @ 01/18/2001 11:18:05 AM

    Re: BeIA on a pc?!? :)

    BeIA supports Hardware OpenGL read the BeIA datasheet on be.com
    a lot more info on BeIA there…

  31. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To rgering @ 01/18/2001 12:29:13 AM

    Re: How about the stock?

    hopefully not till i’ve got the cash to buy some stock :)

    mk

  32. Pieter Says:

    In Response To Dianne Hackborn @ 01/18/2001 6:30:22 PM

    Re: BeIA on a pc?!? :)

    Hey hey, why not? ;)

    Then the people would say: What’s that, looks like BeOS. Not our fault that that Java program has a problem or pops up it’s own window.

    It’d be nice to have BeOS itself promoted a bit more along with BeIA.

    Thanks for clarifying that though, we’re still a bit in the dark about our favourite operating system and its little sibbling.

    Pieter

  33. magnorth Says:

    finally!

    progress! real tools running a real OS! yes!

  34. Craig Mitchell Says:

    In Response To IAmWhoIHam @ 01/18/2001 6:54:04 PM

    Re: Who’s the third.

    Actually,

    There is one high line audio console maker that is using BeOS in their consoles (automation etc) The manufactuer escapes me right now, but I have seen the pictures. Fairlight I think??? don’t hold me to that though.

    best,

    Craig

  35. Paul Dirks Says:

    In Response To Recovering Alcoholic @ 01/18/2001 4:34:36 PM

    Re: Who’s the third.

    I agree, TASCAM signing on is a big deal. Eventually hopefully everyone in digital pro audio will go BeOS. I have also heard rumors about Roland- any thoughts on this?

    Paul Dirks
    iZ Technology

  36. Unicity Says:

    In Response To DaaT @ 01/18/2001 10:17:40 AM

    Re: [Jabber] User Group?

    Downloaded and installed WinJab and there are
    less than 14 URL’s associated with a ‘Google’
    search ……[ This being one of them I’ll start here ].

    I can’t get WinJab to connect to a Server, nor
    can I find an Online Tutorial, User Group, or
    Manual …..

    Suggestions?

    mailto:unicity@britannica.com

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