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Discovering the BlueRiver® ASIC: Webinar Q&A

Posted by Gareth Heywood on 15 July 2020

With the launch of the BlueRiver® ASIC at the beginning of 2020, the AV over IP landscape is being redefined by products offering new levels of cost, performance and interoperability. As the core technology for Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE™), BlueRiver is recognized as the only IP-based technology capable of providing true video matrix-level performance, with pixel-perfect image quality and ultra-low latency. Supporting a broad range of markets and end-applications, such as live events, esports, medical, high-end residential, and command and control, system designers can take advantage of the powerful SDVoE Applications Programming Interface (API) to develop application-specific software running on a common BlueRiver-powered hardware platform.

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Tags: Professional AV, BlueRiver, SDVoE

How SDVoE™ Enables Interoperability in Pro AV

Posted by Helgi Sigurdsson on 12 May 2020

All Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE™)-type AV distribution endpoints are interoperable, regardless of vendor or origin. But why are these endpoints interoperable? What is it that helps guarantee this interoperability?

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Meet Semtech’s New BlueRiver® ASIC Family

Posted by Gareth Heywood on 27 January 2020

In my 20 years at Semtech, I have been fortunate to have worked on many interesting products and experienced many market successes along the way. However, being a part of the first BlueRiver® ASIC development was certainly a career highlight in many ways. First, it was a treat to be immersed in the amazing and innovative technologies that are the backbone of BlueRiver: 10G Ethernet, IP networking, advanced video processing, and high speed video to name but a few! Second, I was able to explore the broad applications and plethora of use cases in the exciting Professional AV market that will be enabled by, and benefit from, the BlueRiver ASIC. And finally, I had the pleasure of working with a world class team of engineers and professionals dedicated to growing the video business in Semtech’s Signal Integrity Products Group.

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More than a Game: Pro AV for Esports

Posted by Gareth Heywood on 20 November 2019

The world of computer gaming has come a long way since those distant days of challenging friends to beat the Frogger high score on my TRS-80 32k color computer. Back then, I could only imagine the possibilities this next generation of computer technology would enable. If I recall, back then I also wanted to be a rock star… the next Paul Stanley (don’t laugh!). Fast forward to 2019, and thanks to the Internet and social media, in the heady world of gaming and esports, you can be a “rock star” or at least as famous as one.

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Tags: Professional AV, BlueRiver, Esports

Part 2: Pro AV’s Codec Triangle: Why Compromise?

Posted by Helgi Sigurdsson on 22 July 2019

In the first installment of this two-part blog series, I touched on the Codec Triangle and several factors that make up a complex relationship between bandwidth, latency and quality in Pro AV. Additionally, I discussed video image compression and the harmful effects it can have on your picture. SDVoE™-based Pro AV solutions, built on Semtech’s BlueRiver® technology, are transforming the matrix switch and allowing uncompressed, low latency AV content up to 4K60 over standard Ethernet infrastructure. SDVoE-based solutions are uniquely equipped to fight the harmful effects of compression by leveraging Ethernet. In this blog, I will break down common compression codecs used in the AV space today and offer insight into the pros and cons of each for your application.

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Tags: Professional AV, BlueRiver

Part 1: Pro AV’s Codec Triangle: an Overview

Posted by Helgi Sigurdsson on 15 July 2019

The professional AV market continues to show strong growth with Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE™)-based infrastructure set to replace traditional matrix switching technology in the near future. SDVoE solutions, built on Semtech’s BlueRiver® technology, offer a few fundamental advantages for AV systems allowing uncompressed, low latency AV distribution over standard Ethernet infrastructure. In the AV world, a common gauge for how well your solution distributes AV content lies in how well it manages the “Codec Triangle.” Similar to the old adage: “good, fast and cheap, pick two,” the Codec Triangle refers to a similar scenario for bandwidth, latency and quality in regard to video compression and distribution over standard network infrastructure. In this two-part blog series, I will use the Codec Triangle to illustrate why BlueRiver-enabled SDVoE solutions deliver a better Pro AV user experience than any other AV distribution solution, including best in class AV over IP and matrix switch solutions.

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BlueRiver Technology: the Backbone of ZeeVee’s Pro AV Solutions

Posted by Don Shaver on 10 July 2019

A founding member of the SDVoE Alliance™, ZeeVee is creating innovative AV over RF and AV over IP solutions to enable some of the AV industry’s most demanding use cases. ZeeVee provides end-users the capacity to tackle challenging specifications and tight budgets with products that offer simultaneous RF and IP output, as well as one of Pro AV’s most extensive line of IP-based products. This impressive portfolio is built on Semtech’s BlueRiver® technology for Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE™) and has been successfully implemented worldwide for use in government, healthcare, broadcasting, hospitality, retail, and housing, among other industries.

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Semtech’s BlueRiver® and AVX Chipsets Impress Crowds at InfoComm

Posted by Gareth Heywood on 27 June 2019

Semtech has just returned from InfoComm 2019, professional AV’s most anticipated event of the year, which hosted more than 40,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibiting companies. Once again, the SDVoE Alliance™ booth was abuzz with interested visitors eager to learn more about Pro AV’s next step beyond the matrix switch. Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE™) solutions, enabled by Semtech’s BlueRiver® technology, were on full display with visitors being treated to many educational sessions from SDVoE Alliance representatives, as well as a head-to-head demonstration of the SDVoE-based solution versus the traditional matrix switch.

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Tags: Professional AV, Events, BlueRiver

BlueRiver, the SDVoE Alliance Lead the Future of Networking

Posted by Don Shaver on 04 June 2019

The largest annual professional audiovisual tradeshow in North America, InfoComm, is taking place next week from June 8-14. The AV industry’s biggest names will be descending on Orlando to showcase their newest products. Ranking as one of the fastest growing shows for attendance by Trade Show News, InfoComm offers the greatest collection of audio, digital signage and visual products of any tradeshow all under one roof. A crowd of 44,000 attendees from 110 countries will be flocking to InfoComm’s 1,000 exhibitions to get a glimpse into the industry’s future.

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Tags: Professional AV, Events, BlueRiver

BlueRiver Technology: Enabling Medical AV Solutions

Posted by Gareth Heywood on 23 May 2019

Semtech’s BlueRiver® technology is transforming the matrix switch by delivering high fidelity and low latency AV solutions. These unique advantages are critical in medical applications such as surgery and accurate diagnosis. With BlueRiver-enabled Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE™) solutions, any video source up to 4K resolution is available anywhere at any time. Content from surgical scopes, X-ray and CT/MRI scans, patient records, and even custom signage and infotainment can be distributed via low cost 10G Ethernet networks to provide the most flexible medical AV systems.

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Tags: Professional AV, BlueRiver

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