UK console manufacturer Calrec Audio has joined the AVnu Alliance, the industry body behind the AVB (audio video bridging) network standard. The company says it signed up to the consortium as a way to "drive the movement toward a common protocol for audio networking". AVB is an industry-wide initiative to develop and promote open networking based on Ethernet. Certification tests for AVB-capable bridges are taking place at the AVnu Alliance's designated test facility in the US and a number of manufacturers, including Meyer Sound, Biamp and Lab X Technologies, are now shipping AVB-implemented products. The main focus of AVB so far has been in the live and commercial installation markets. While Calrec is not the first company with involvement in broadcasting to join the AVnu Alliance - Harman and Riedel are already members - its decision is significant because the company is wholly focused on audio for TV broadcast. "The AVB standard addresses Ethernet's most serious shortcomings as a transport for streaming audio," comments Patrick Warrington, Calrec's technical director. "We know a lot about audio networking and have already brought two solutions to the table because we want to ensure that our customers' needs are well-represented in the new protocol." Lee Minich, chair of the AVnu Alliance marketing work group and president of Lab X Technologies (pictured), adds, "We are very pleased to welcome a broadcast audio leader like Calrec to AVnu Alliance. This underscores the desire for robust, standards-based networked AV transport guaranteed by AVnu certified AVB devices for the broadcast industry." www.avnu.orgwww.calrec.com
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Calrec Audio joining the AVnu Alliance, the industry forum promoting the AVB standard, was seen as a significant move for a dedicated broadcast manufacturer. The practical result of this will be seen during this year's NAB show with demonstrations of a new hardware interface.