Lawo unveils .edge at NAB Show 2022: its own IP video infrastructure platform

Lawo has recently unveiled its .edge IP video infrastructure platform at NAB Show in Las Vegas. .edge’s compact 2RU housing accommodates up to four 25/100 GbE .edge processing blades and rear I/O plates with best-in-class signal conversion density.

Each rear I/O blade provides 48 HD-BNC connectors for SD/HD/3G/UHD SDI interfacing, resulting in 192 SDI/IP conversions per 2RU. .edge provides support for the SMPTE ST2110 suite of standards with ST2022-7 redundancy built in, providing not only advanced essence-based handling but also ensuring seamless protection switching of audio, video and ancillary data streams in both local and wide-area network operations.

.edge’s design is unique. The solution does not have an audio TDM bus, nor a video matrix in the middle of its architecture. Video is switched on the IP packet level, in one of two ways: “make before break” (MBB) and “break before make” (BBM). Audio signals are switched in MBB mode using a V-fade curve for clean and quiet transitions. .edge’s local loop support allows users to route local inputs to local outputs while the packet replication capability allows a packet received once can be used many times without additional stream management or logic operations: packets in the packet buffer are available to any SDI output.

.edge can deliver OPEX flexibility for a hardware-based tool. Each .edge blade can be used in a variety of scenarios by unlocking the required feature sets, via a flexible licensing system. In addition to its base license for use of 16 BNC connectors, there are options to unlock additional I/O up to its full 48 BNCs. Additional feature licenses are available for Input Frame Synchronizers, 100GbE port activation and 3G UHD Gearboxing including Lawo’s “UHD Link Rotate” feature.

For drop-in SDI router replacement, all-in .edge bundles are available for 288 x 288, 576 x 576 and 1152 x 1152 matrix capacities, complete with customers’ choice of network switches and a fully-clustered HOME license. To broadcast control systems, the .edge/HOME bundle behaves like a traditional SDI router.

“With .edge you immediately benefit from an easy one-step migration to IP by saving rack space, weight and power consumption,” says Andreas Hilmer, Lawo’s Chief Marketing Officer. “After migrating to an .edge/HOME router replacement solution, you can do more: you then have an SDI router that can scale according to your needs. If your requirements grow you can just connect more .edge I/Os to your network switch. Since your core routing system is now based on IP, your router doesn’t have to stand like a monolith in one place. It can be distributed across the facility. Put I/Os where they are needed and save significant cabling costs. Users can distribute their .edge routing infrastructure across multiple facilities, across the country or even across continents.”

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