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early history of RME audio interfaces (1997-2001)
« on: January 18, 2017, 03:57:31 PM »

September 2001: The ADI-8 DD, RME's 8-Channel AES/ADAT/TDIF Dual Format Converter, is shipping. The outstanding powerful and flexible device commands any other format or sample rate converter in the price-range up to $5.000 to their places - at a price of under $1200.
September 2001: RME's extraordinary Tech Infos about Laptos have caused world wide attention and discussions. Again the German magazine Keyboards decides to re-print RMEs documents (issue 10/2001.)
July 2001: RME's Hammerfall DSP System is the world's first audio system with complete ASIO Direct Monitoring (2.0.) Steinberg and Emagic use the HDSP system to implement ADM correctly into their programs.
June 2001: Digiface, HDSP CardBus and HDSP PCI are shipping. With this RME delivers the world's most flexible audio system.
June 2001: Prior to shipping the first HDSP systems, RME publishes several Tech Info documents covering Laptops and audio. Additionally the new system is tested with lots of currently available notebooks, and the test results are also published.
May 2001: RME releases two Tech Info documents about TotalMix. Instead of a fixed DSP RME again uses a completely self-developed circuit inside a FPGA - and delivers more performance as audio cards with a specific Motorola DSP.
March 2001: RME's Hammerfall driver offers a further improved MME behavior. As a result the Hammerfall is the only card allowing 1.5 ms latency under Sonar, while being fully compatible to all existing software (no WDM streaming.)
January 2001: At Winter NAMM in LA RME presents a working sample of the Hammerfall DSP CardBus plus Digiface. HDSP is the world's first audio system, which operates on both desktop and portable computers. And the world's first professional multitrack-system for Laptops at all.
November 2000: RME's GSIF driver is the world's only which allows to choose between several cards in the system.
September 2000: Because of numerous requests two new RME Reference PCs are added, an AMD Athlon and a Dual CPU version.
September 2000: On 23. September a demonstration of High Resolution Audio over the Internet takes place. Several Hammerfalls running under RedHat Linux are involved.
August 2000: The Analog Expansion Boards (AEB) transmute RME's digital cards of the DIGI96 and Hammerfall series into the most flexible audiocard series available. The AEBs add 4 or 8 analog inputs or outputs, and are a cost-efficient addition.
August 2000: RME releases the world's first and only unlimited Plug and Play (WDM) driver for Windows 2000, including full support for all features of all RME cards and (of course) ASIO 2.0.
July 2000: RME ships the ADI-8 DS, an 8-Channel hi-quality AD/DA-converter with outstanding sound, unique features and unsurpassed price point.
July 2000: RME's Reference PC has hit the scene like a bomb. The German magazine Keyboards re-prints RME's Tech Info in issue 7.
April 2000: RME receives the Keys Reader Award (German magazine) in the category 'best price point'.
January 2000: Thanks to an ALSA driver the RME Hammerfall is the first professional digital audio card which can use its full potential under Linux, full number of channels and full resolution.
December 1999: Steinberg, world wide leader in music software, decide to bundle their software with RME products: Hammerfall, ADI-8 PRO and DIGI96/8 PST.
August 1999: RME releases the world's first ASIO 2.0 driver for Windows NT (DIGI9652.)
July 1999: RME releases a BeOS version of the control and visualization software Remote Control for the analog to digital converter ADI-96 PRO.
June 1999: RME releases the world's first ASIO 2.0 driver. It offers ADM (ASIO Direct Monitoring) for the DIGI96 series.
June 1999: RME's Hammerfall is the world's first ASIO 2.0 digital audio card, tested and approved by Steinberg, including sample accurate synchronization.
May 1999: RME ships a worldwide unique Mainframe system, the ADI-96 PRO, including 24-Bit/96kHz conversion, Constant Double Speed DSP processing, plus complete remote control and visualization software under Windows.
May 1999: RME releases the world's first NT ASIO driver, including all features also available under Windows 95/98, like 24-Bit/96kHz and mulitcard support.
April 1999: SEKD's Samplitude 5.21 is the first software to use RME's exclusive Track Marker Support (TMS.) This unique feature of the DIGI96 series allows to receive track markers and start-IDs when recording from DAT or CD.
March 1999: RME is the first professional digital audio card manufacturer to release blue/white G3 compatible Mac drivers.
March 1999: On the Frankfurt Music Fair RME introduces the world's first and only ASIO hardware: Project Hammerfall offers highest performance thanks to its unique '0% CPU Load' technology, and the worldwide unique SyncCheck for checking external clocks.
January 1999: RME ships the first ASIO driver with 24-Bit/96kHz support for the DIGI96 series.
December 1998: RME's Windows 95/98 driver for the DIGI96 series makes the DIGI96 series the world's first professional PCI digital audio cards with Direct Sound (DirectX) support.
October 1998: RME introduces and ships the DIGI96 series, the world's first 24-Bit/96kHz capable digital audio card series.
October 1998: RME presents DIGICheck, a worldwide unique software tool in its kind. DIGICheck is still the only tool which analyzes the complete digital audio data stream.
September 1998: RME develops the world's first ASIO driver for Windows NT. As there is (officially) no ASIO program available under NT this driver (for the DIGI32 series) is not released to public.
August 1998: RME's Windows 95/98 drivers make the DIGI32 series the first audio cards worldwide to support complete interrupt sharing under Windows 95/98.
July 1998: RME's NT driver makes the DIGI32 series the first audio cards worldwide to support complete interrupt sharing under NT.
July 1998: RME's NT driver makes the DIGI32 series the first audio cards worldwide to support complete interrupt sharing under NT.
February 1998: Thanks to Crystals new CS8414 RME ships the DIGI32 PRO as first 24-Bit/96kHz PCI digital audio card worldwide.
January 1998: RME's NT driver is the first worldwide to support more than 2 channels under NT (up to 24 channels when using three DIGI32/8.)
July 1998: RME's NT driver makes the DIGI32 series the first audio cards worldwide to support complete interrupt sharing under NT.
October 1997: RME introduces DIGI32 PRO, the world's first audio card with 24-Bit/96kHz digital playback and 20 bit/96kHz analog output.
July 1997: RME's NT driver is the first worldwide to support up to three audiocards with only one driver.
June 1997: RME introduces AutoSync for the DIGI32, the world's first intelligent clock control found on a digital audio card. It operates dependent on the actual needs and given signals.
May 1997: RME presents the worldwide first NT audio driver with full 24-Bit support and Full Duplex for the re-named DIGI32.
March 1997: At the Frankfurt Music Fair RME presents the world's first (and shipping!) 24-Bit PCI digital audio card DIGI24.
September 1996: RME introduces the DAM-1, a worldwide unique device in its kind, a complete digital audio analyser including Windows software.