Beta 64-Bit Drivers for M-Audio Interfaces Available
M-Audio announced the beta release of their first 64-bit drivers, named Audio64, for pro audio applications. The new Audio64 drivers, developed for the AMD Opteron processor, will be available for M-Audio\'s Delta and FireWire series audio interfaces, making them fully compatible with the forthcoming Microsoft Windows XP64-bit Edition and \"Longhorn\" operating systems, in addition to the current set of operating systems.
AMD64 technology with Direct Connect Architecture and support for simultaneous 32-bit and 64-bit computing provides a platform for handling the demanding task of low-latency digital multi-track recording. Direct Connect Architecture helps eliminate the bottlenecks inherent in a front-side bus and instead directly connects the memory controllers and the I/O to the central processor units, improving overall system performance and efficiency. 64-bit systems can process a larger number of real-time digital audio streams with low CPU overhead. In addition to 64-bit applications, AMD64 technology supports today\'s 32-bit applications natively as well.
The 64-bit drivers are currently available through M-Audio\'s beta test site at www.m-audio.com/audio64beta.