NAB 2016: Lawo has launched a new IP-based product that allows a virtualised real-time production infrastructure to be added to an OB truck, TV studio or broadcast facility.

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The V__matrix is a software-defined core routing and processing platform that can work with both IP and SDI signals.

Intended to work like a baseband router, it creates a distributed IP routing and processing matrix by having multiple cores that are connected to a high-capacity COTS switch with redundant 10GE and 40GE connections.

Software-based virtual modules can be loaded to the V__matrix in order to add functionality.

Lawo chief executive Philipp Lawo said: “V__matrix delivers a truly future-proof core infrastructure based on open standards with significantly less rack-space, less power consumption and fewer restrictions for the broadcast operation. We are very excited to be able to offer the ability to transform any broadcast installation into a flexible, future-proof production facility, addressing a wide range of workflows and supporting the transition to a totally IP-based environment.”

The core processing blades are housed in either 1, 2 or 3 RU-sized frames, with physical connectivity to legacy SDI equipment provided through optional V__matrix I/O cards. Lawo’s VSM Broadcast Control and Monitoring system serves as the control layer.

The Lawo SDN Control for video routing with frame-accurate clean switching in the IP domain is included, as is control and monitoring for existing legacy SDI infrastructure and third party IP equipment.

V__matrix is based on open standards in-line with the AIMS roadmap: SMPTE 2022-6/-7, VSF TR-03/04, AES67 plus SMPTE VC-2 and Ember+