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ASICs offer sustainable future for AV

Kennington: ‘An ASIC-based solution, like SDVoE, is the only way forward’

The merits of ASIC-based technology are clear on the SDVoE Alliance stand at ISE. Not only are application-specific integrated circuits a lot less power hungry, they have the great benefit of not being affected by current chip shortages, according to Justin Kennington, president of the SDVoE Alliance.

“SDVoE products are widely available, while many proprietary AV-over-IP products are back-ordered for over a year,” he said. “SDVoE is powered by an ASIC chip that is targeted specifically at the pro AV market. As a result, demand is easier to predict, and it has not been subject to the significant shocks seen in other electronics industries.”

Semtech’s BlueRiver ASIC combines AV processing, encoding/decoding, and network connectivity onto a single chip, which interfaces to the SDVoE API in a standardised way, giving SDVoE products natural interoperability.

SDVoE’s uncompressed video transmission is also more sustainable, because high compression ratios demand complex, power-hungry algorithms, so FPGA-based products consume up to four times the power of ASIC-based devices. With 8K approaching, increased compression would mean larger boxes, more fans or limited performance. 

“An SDVoE Alliance member recently supported an installation with over 1,000 endpoints at a large facility in Brussels. The installation resulted in over 150,000kWh annual energy savings,” said Kennington, saving the customer more than $26,000 per year in electricity costs. 

Stand number: 5D200