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Lawo takes IP video infrastructure to the edge

.edge provides full support for the SMPTE ST2110 suite of standards with ST2022-7 redundancy built in

Lawo is introducing a new IP video infrastructure platform, known as .edge.

The platform’s 2RU housing accommodates up to four 25/100 GbE .edge processing blades and rear I/O plates with best-in-class signal conversion density, said the company.

Each rear I/O blade provides 48 HD-BNC connectors for SD/HD/3G/UHD SDI interfacing, resulting in 192 SDI/IP conversions per 2RU. The platform also provides full support for the SMPTE ST2110 suite of standards with ST2022-7 redundancy built in, ensuring seamless protection switching of audio, video and ancillary data streams in both local and wide-area network operations.

“.edge complements Lawo’s established V__matrix video processing and multiviewer solution with a hyper-density SDI/IP gateway”, said Phil Myers, Lawo’s CTO.

“It’s designed from the ground up to be a HOME-native client. It is automatically discovered and registered within our HOME network environment and benefits from all of HOME’s next-generation management features: user access control, quarantining of unknown devices, network security, parameter tweaking and real-time health monitoring.” 

Lawo describes the platform’s board design as unique as it does not include either an audio TDM bus, or a video matrix in the middle of its architecture.

Video is switched on the IP packet level, in one of two ways: “make before break” (MBB) and “break before make” (BBM). Audio signals are switched in MBB mode using a V-fade curve for clean and quiet transitions. Lawo added that .edge’s local loop support allows users to route local inputs to local outputs while the packet replication capability allows a packet received once can be used many times without additional stream management or logic operations: packets in the packet buffer are available to any SDI output.

“With .edge you immediately benefit from an easy one-step migration to IP by saving rack space, weight and power consumption.”, says Andreas Hilmer, Lawo’s chief marketing officer. “After migrating to an .edge/HOME router replacement solution, you can do more: you then have an SDI router that can scale according to your needs.

“If your requirements grow you can just connect more .edge I/Os to your network switch. Since your core routing system is now based on IP, your router doesn’t have to stand like a monolith in one place. It can be distributed across the facility. Put I/Os where they are needed and save significant cabling costs. Users can distribute their .edge routing infrastructure across multiple facilities, across the country or even across continents.”