Pivitec, a manufacturer of Ethernet AVB networking solutions, has announced the CMx64io-AVBTM Ethernet AVB network card. The card is designed to add AVB connectivity to professional audio equipment that supports the industry standard CM-1/CM-2 card format.
The network card features a USB 2.0 interface and 10/100/1000 Ethernet. USB 2.0 allows the host device to act as a USB audio interface for Mac and PC computers with simultaneous Ethernet AVB audio streaming. It also facilitates “daisy-chaining” of multiple audio devices to a single Gigabit Ethernet connection. As a result, installers can employ a simpler network topology, reducing the cabling and installations costs for an AVB network.
“AVB networks have become the audio and media networking standard,” explains Tom Knesel, president of Pivitec. “Our new Ethernet AVB network card makes the process of creating an AVB network easier than ever. In addition, we can now work with manufacturers interested in adding AVB connectivity to their products – this new card simplifies the development process dramatically.”
The CMx64io-AVB hosts audio and control I/O signals which permits customization for applications in pro audio, recording and broadcast. The board supports 802.1Ba, 802.1AS, 802.1Q, 1722.1 and 1722 Ethernet AVB Standards.
The network card, which can manage up to 64 x 64 channels, is field firmware updateable and provides WiFi control and configuration. Sample rates range from 44.1k to 192k.
The CMx64io-AVB is available as part of Pivitec’s complete Ethernet AVB Hardware Reference Design Kit (XRDK). The AVB Endpoint hardware reference design is also available for licensing as is Ethernet AVB software/firmware stack licensing. The company can provide custom OEM engineering design services and support to interested manufacturers.