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Lab X unveils AVB Ethernet switch

Launching at ISE 2011, Lab X Technologies’ Titanium 411 1GB AVB Ethernet Switch is specifically designed to satisfy the requirements of AV networking.

Launching at ISE 2011, Lab X Technologies’ Titanium 411 1GB AVB Ethernet Switch is specifically designed to satisfy the requirements of AV networking.

AVB (Audio/Video Bridging) is a major focal point of ISE 2011. A dedicated AVnu Alliance Pavilion can be found at 6H136, while an AVB discussion featuring key members of the Alliance will take place in the ISE Theatre (Hall 10) at 16:00 on 1 February.

Supporting IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging standards and capable of handling hundreds of AV media streams per AVB port, the Titanium 411 features ruggedised connectors, industry standard SFP- supporting long haul fiber, additional copper connections and flexible mounting options.

Lab X’s Titanium 411 possesses four rear-mount 1GB RJ45 copper interfaces using locking EtherCon connectors, along with an SFP slot to accommodate standard fiber modules or additional copper interfaces, and network activity LED lights on the front and back of the unit. Meanwhile, a configurable 1GB locking copper interface can either be mounted on a rear or front panel for easy access, while the unit’s ruggedised internal power supply is connected with a locking PowerCon connector.

“Lab X has seen a vast number of unique applications where neither traditional high-port count IT nor consumer-grade low-port switches met demanding industry needs,” said Lee Minich president of Lab X and marketing work group chairman of AVB-supporting organisation the AVnu Alliance. “Titanium 411 is the first Ethernet switch supporting IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging standards, designed specifically for the unique, rugged requirements of AV installations.”

In another development, Lab X Technologies has issued a solution integration license of its AVB Audio IP Platform to Avid for development of an IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB)-based technology.

Showcasing their AVB proof of concept at ISE (within the AVnu Alliance Pavilion, #6H136), Avid and Lab X will preview the possibilities of digital networking, with simplified solutions for the complex issues common in the live sound networking industry.

“Teaming with Lab X, Avid is working to fit all of the pieces of the networking puzzle together with the help of AVB, which will help advance the industry by offering users seamless audio and video integration to enhance the live event experience,” stated Sheldon Radford, senior product manager of live systems and consoles at Avid. “We have a fantastic working relationship with Lab X, which will help us offer our clients the best networking technology available.”

“Demand for a comprehensive Audio Video Bridging solution in industries such as live sound is coming at a time where simple and ‘less-is-more’ solutions are expected,” said Lee Minich. “Not only will Lab X’s AVB Audio IP platform provide Avid with hardware that will cut research, development and manufacturing costs, but the technology will offer a solution that will have an incredible effect on the future of cost-effective and advanced networking.”