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Industry heavyweights form SDVoE Alliance

Duncan Proctor 12 January 2017
Industry heavyweights form SDVoE Alliance

AptoVision, Aquantia, Christie, Netgear, Sony and ZeeVee have formed the SDVoE Alliance, an industry group aiming to promote a standardised software-defined over Ethernet platform for interoperable AV over IP applications.

The group also aims to create an ecosystem around SDVoE technology that allows software to define AV applications.

All AV distribution and processing applications that demand zero-latency, uncompromised video can benefit from SDVoE technology, which provides an end-to-end hardware and software platform for AV extension, switching, processing and control through advanced chipset technology, common control APIs and interoperability. SDVoE network architectures are based on off-the-shelf Ethernet switches thus offering cost savings and greater system flexibility and scalability over traditional approaches such as point-to-point extension and circuit-based AV matrix switching.

SDVoE Alliance founding members bring different perspectives to the SDVoE initiative spanning the entire ecosystem with expertise in chipsets (AptoVision, Aquantia), switches and storage (NETGEAR), and AV end points (Christie, Sony and ZeeVee). The SDVoE Alliance already benefits from over 35 shipping products and numerous installations in healthcare, enterprise, entertainment, hospitality, retail, houses of worship, government, military, industry and security.

“For years we have lived with the idea that ‘AV/IT convergence is coming’,” said Justin Kennington, president of the SDVoE Alliance. “The SDVoE Alliance and its technology finally provide the platform that is necessary to enable it. Using 10GB Ethernet hardware to move video with flawless quality and zero latency is only the beginning. The creation of a software platform enables the development of whole new classes of applications not yet conceived. True convergence is finally here.”

At ISE, the SDVoE Alliance will feature a series of demonstrations on stand 12-H55 highlighting the benefits of SDVoE technology. These include a full stack solution for AV over IP, zero-latency 4K60 over standard Ethernet, a complete application development platform, powerful AV processing with simple controls, and 4K60 with HDR.

Kamran Ahmed, CEO and co-founder, AptoVision said “AptoVision has been providing the underlying signal distribution technology to enable AV over IP without compromise for quite some time now. What SDVoE adds is a complete hardware and software platform to enable interoperable products and applications.”

Clark Williams, EVP, content management and processing, Christie Digital said: “SDVoE technology provides a powerful, flexible platform that is relevant to even the most high-performance applications. With comprehensive functionality that today requires several discrete products from a variety of manufacturers, the technology allows powerful new approaches to existing applications and opens the door to new innovative solutions not available in the marketplace today. Further, by leveraging lower costs of off-the-shelf enterprise switches, solutions can be more economical, scalable, and have the performance required for the most demanding applications.”

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