Riedel Introduces MicroN 80G Media-Distribution Network

Riedel Communications (Booth C4937) is launching MicroN, an 80G media-distribution–network device for the company’s MediorNet line of media-transport and -management solutions.

Working seamlessly with the MediorNet MetroN core fiber router, MicroN is a high-density signal interface with an array of audio, video, and data inputs and outputs, including 24 SD/HD/3G-SDI I/Os, two MADI optical digital audio ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, two sync-reference I/Os, and eight 10G SFP+ high-speed ports. MicroN is available as a fully networked MediorNet device, as well as in a point-to-point edition at a competitive price point.

“In just a single rack unit, the MicroN offers a highly versatile signal interface that can be used in productions of every size and complexity,” says Lars Höhmann, product manager, Skype and MediorNet, Riedel Communications. “For the largest media networks built on our MediorNet transport devices, MicroN can serve as a breakout box for a MetroN router and extend connectivity beyond the fiber I/Os to any type of video and audio I/O required. Or MicroN can simply work with a MetroN router, with other MicroN units, or in a standalone point-to-point configuration to provide an economical solution for small to medium-size productions. And, like the other members of the MediorNet family, MicroN has powerful built-in signal-processing features that eliminate the need for many external devices.”

In a compact 1RU form factor for rack-mount applications, the MicroN offers full support for 10G high-speed video, 3G-SDI video, MADI audio, and Gigabit Ethernet. The system includes an integrated video, audio, and data router and sync-reference I/Os, including black burst, tri-level, and word clock. Built-in video- and audio-processing capabilities include automatic format detection, a frame synchronizer and frame store on all video outputs, a 16-channel audio embedder/de-embedder, a test-pattern generator, on-screen and system VITC displays, an integrated sample-rate converter, and audio/video delay lines. The MicroN is powered by a redundant, wide-range AC power supply and also features temperature monitoring and adaptive fan control.

Interconnecting MicroN nodes in a meshed fashion leads to a very scalable, decentralized video-routing application. This approach can be used as a replacement for small to medium-size routers and offers a very flexible system design, allowing users to extend the router capacity in both signal capacity and distributed-system locations by adding MicroN nodes to the network.

Operating in standalone mode, the MicroN can act as a 12×12 router and audio embedder/de-embedder with MADI SRC and delay and also provides video-frame sync and delay. In a point-to-point deployment, multiple paired MicroN units can provide all these capabilities plus support for up to 12 bidirectional SDI I/Os, two MADI I/Os, and a Gigabit Ethernet link. Multiple MicroNs can be integrated as a central video router for redundant processing of up to 192×192 HD-SDI signals, and they can also be deployed in a distributed fashion as a decentralized video router.

Smartpanel Offers Choice of Intercom Apps
Riedel has also announced that the RSP-2318 Smartpanel is now available with a choice of three intercom apps, each with a range of connectivity options to meet specific user requirements. Designed to serve as a powerful multifunctional user interface, the RSP-2318 offers features and capabilities that enrich the user experience and change the way broadcasters and A/V professionals communicate.

It features three high-resolution, multitouch color displays; premium-quality stereo audio; a multilingual character set; and standard matrix connectivity via RAVENNA/AES67 or AVB in just 1RU. The units are easily software-upgradable should requirements change. These features make the Smartpanel a powerful user interface that can be further expanded through the use of apps.

“Early customer feedback indicated that we needed to provide apps that would have different connectivity options to meet the needs of different users,” says Christian Diehl, product manager, Matrix intercom. “With three editions of the intercom app for our Smartpanel, we can now provide exactly what our customers need and keep the costs low. With the new app concept, we don’t expect customers to pay for features that they do not need. I am very excited about this new approach and the future apps we will provide for the Smartpanel.”

With the Basic app, users have 12 intercom keys and connectivity to RAVENNA/AES67 or AVB. The Plus app also has 12 intercom keys and adds an analog audio port for four-wire integration and three GPI/O’s. The Pro app has 18 intercom keys and two analog audio ports for four-wire integration, three GPI/O’s, and the ability to connect an independent second headset. All three units can be expanded via an integrated options slot and are ready for add-ons as well as additional intercom and non-intercom apps. Riedel’s intercom app can be quickly and easily upgraded to the desired edition, without changing any hardware components.

The RSP-2318 Smartpanel can be integrated into any existing Riedel installation. Support for new and legacy systems ensures smooth interoperability among all Riedel intercom systems, including the Artist, Tango, and Performer products.

Tango Networked Communications Platform Ships
Available now, the Tango TNG-200 fully networked-communications platform is based on the RAVENNA/AES67 and AVB standards and, with its own dedicated intercom application, can easily be turned into a flexible, cost-efficient, and cutting-edge solution for a variety of communications scenarios.

Professional Skype Interface Is Updated
The STX-200 broadcast-grade professional Skype interface brings any Skype user worldwide into professional broadcast workflows. The reliable, 1RU, single-box solution allows broadcasters to engage with both reporters and viewers in live programming and now comes with improved and easy-to-use management and control software, as well as AES67 interfacing.

The updated Skype TX Control software provides the ability to manage multiple Skype TX channels from a single user interface. Other parameters that the software manages include stream resolution, aspect ratios, FPS, logo overlays, and various audio options. The STX-200 also offers device-monitoring functions, such as temperature measurement and system status, that can be monitored by means of Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

Licensed by Microsoft, the STX-200 offers broadcast-quality HD-SDI and balanced XLR audio I/Os. Other features include a Gigabit Ethernet connection, a user-interface connection via DisplayPort, USB ports for accessories, and GPI/Os.

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