[music-dsp] Re: SB cards / low latency etc etc

Angelo Farina farina at pcfarina.eng.unipr.it
Sun Jan 18 15:22:00 EST 2004

> > As Veli-Pekka noted, I think the AWE-32 card was the first SB card 
> > able to run 16-bit in both directions.  AFAIK this mode was only 
> > available in Windows as under DOS the card essentially 
> operated as a SB16.

The AWE32 was capable of recording at 16 bit OR playback at 16 bits, but not
simultaneusly. The operation which was started first was getting the 16-bit
DMA channel, and hence the true 16-bits words.
The other operation, instead, was bottlenecked through the 8-bit DMA, so,
although a 16-bit word was apparently transmitted, its 8 LS bits were always
I am talking of the original AWE32 card (ISA interface). The subsequent PCI
models, instead, did employ a different chip (made by Ensoniq, if I remember
correctly) which was capable of true simultaneous 16-bits playback and


Angelo Farina

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