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AptoVision: First AVB chipset for uncompressed AV distribution

Installation Staff 11 February 2015

The new BlueRiver NT chipset from AptoVision is claimed to be the world’s first to take advantage of Ethernet Audio-Video Bridging protocol for uncompressed AV signal distribution over 10GbE switches.

It also delivers a complete end-to-end solution for professional AV applications requiring long-distance transmission and switching of 4K HDMI video, analogue and digital audio, RS-232, IR, GbE and USB signals with plug-and-play interoperable operation between device types, signal types and video resolutions.

“Ethernet-based platforms are poised to replace pro-AV networks which currently rely on custom switching equipment,” said Kamran Ahmed, CEO and co-founder of AptoVision. “By delivering an end-to-end AVB-capable chipset supporting all pro-AV requirements, AptoVision is leading the way in bringing the disruptive power of Ethernet to pro-AV applications.”

In installations requiring traffic shaping and bandwidth reservation, AVB enables a platform where uncompressed video data and non-video data can be transmitted over a LAN environment with predictable performance.

The chipset is designed to be integrated into source-side AV transmitters and display-side AV receivers, and transmits uncompressed Ultra HD (4K) HDMI-video, 32 channels of audio, USB 2.0i and useful control signals over fibre or 100m CatX cabling using a packet-based architecture allowing the signals to be extended and switched through standard 10GbE switches. Proprietary technology handles arbitration, source clock recovery, bandwidth management and network configuration, and ensures real-time, pixel-for-pixel, zero-frame latency transmission.

The BlueRiver NT technology also supports real-time compositing for multi-view and videowall applications.

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