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Underscoring the increasing progress that the audio-video manufacturing community is
making in arriving at working AVB solutions, AVnu Alliance hosted an AVB plugfest last
week at Harman Professional’s Signal Processing Group in Salt Lake City. The AVnu
Alliance is the industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality
audio video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB)
standards over various networking link-layers. The plugfest — an invitation-only
gathering of hardware manufacturers with near-market ready products —featured Harman
and five other manufacturers testing interoperability and performance of AVB prototype
technologies. During the plugfest, engineers from the different companies had a rare
hands-on opportunity to test connectivity, interoperability and interfaces.
“The promise of AVB is universal connectivity with no performance compromises,” said
Rob Urry, Harman Professional CTO, Vice President / GM Harman Professional Signal
Processing Group. “But to achieve this, all participants on the AVB network need to
be able to connect and comprehensively test their technologies on the network. The
plugfest enabled this testing but also provided a platform for remarkable, valuable
dialog between very smart, committed engineers from a host of companies. We were
very pleased to host this plugfest and to mark another important milestone in the
advancement of AVB.”Echoing this sentiment, Lee Minich, Marketing Working Group
Chair, AVnu Alliance, and President, Lab X Technologies, noted, “Communication —
whether it’s for performance, commercial, medical or educational applications — is
accelerated enormously by AV technologies. In turn, AVB is already making AV
communications more effective, more usable and more affordable than ever before.
This transformative IEEE protocol is enabled by the AVnu Alliance companies who
attend plugfests to share ideas and experiences. Their communication at this event
will eventually advance AV communications across our industry around the world.”
As many of the products and technologies tested in the plugfest are still in the
development phase, details of the participants and the technologies they tested must
be retained until market-ready. The fact that this is now the fifth successful AVB
PlugFest is an indicator of the forward momentum. The first AVnu Alliance AVB
plugfest was also held at Harman Professional Signal Processing Group in Salt Lake
City and featured technologies from four AVnu Alliance member companies.