With IP at the heart of broadcasting’s future, codecs are increasingly the gateways of content assimilation and distribution
Lawo has released three new V__matrix rear plates to connect SDI baseband equipment to an open-standards-based IP network. Lawo says this will fully leverage the processing capacity of its V__matrix C100 blades, boosting baseband I/O density and allowing users to derive more power from a smaller footprint.
This new fixed-format rear plate features 32 micro-BNC connectors (16 inputs and 16 outputs), with the ability to interface 12G single-link SDI signals and destinations on 11 inputs and as many outputs. The five remaining I/Os remain available for 3G SDI signals.
The 16+16 expands the connection density of previously released io_bnc plates by up to 60%, allowing users to keep their IP infrastructure even more compact.
The io_bnc_11+11 is Lawo’s first rear plate where the 11 inputs and 11 outputs are all 12G single-link capable, yielding up to 10% more overall connection density per C100 processing blade than previously available models.
This rear plate provides 16 micro-BNC connectors that can be individually configured as baseband SDI inputs or outputs via software configuration. Lawo says bidirectional baseband I/Os are very popular among V__matrix users. With the io_bnc_16_BiDi, bidirectional I/Os are now also available with 12G single-link SDI connectivity.
Like on all existing members of Lawo’s io_bnc family of rear plates, the micro-BNC connectors are primarily intended to receive and transmit SDI signals. They can, however, be software-configured for MADI data transfer.
“On its fifth anniversary, the V__matrix ecosystem remains a cutting-edge core infrastructure platform with a continuously evolving feature set,” explains Stephan Türkay, Lawo’s senior product manager of media infrastructure. “With the latest advancements in I/O conversions, V__matrix provides even more powerful solutions for both large-scale conversion and UHD workflows.”
The new io_bnc_16+16, 11+11, and 16_BiDi rear plates are already available for new and existing installs in tech rooms, private-cloud hubs and OB trucks. Lawo says they will announce more features soon.