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AVnu Alliance Hosts Second PlugFest & Announces Five New Members

New pro audio members include Audinate, Sennheiser

By PSW Staff May 1, 2010

AVnu Alliance, the industry forum dedicated to promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 AVB (Audio Video Bridging) standards and the related IEEE 1722 and 1733 for professional A/V, automotive and consumer applications, recently hosted its second PlugFest and added five new members.

With these latest developments, the AVnu Alliance continues to expand the adoption of the non-proprietary AVB standards and advance interoperability among AVB-enabled networked products.

“The member PlugFests are key to moving the AVB technology from paper to practice,” says Rick Kreifeldt, Chairman of AVnu Alliance and Vice President, Systems Architect at Harman International. “By implementing compliance test procedures to ensure AV devices work together, we continue our collaboration with member organizations to refine interoperability specifications and enhance the network backbone.”

The five new members that recently joined the AVnu Alliance represent diverse industry segments committed to reliable, low-latency, and high-resolution networking capabilities for a high-quality A/V experience.

The new members include: Audinate, creator of the Dante digital media networking technology; Micrel, global manufacturer of IC solutions; Sennheiser, manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems; Universal Media Access Networks (UMAN), developer of the Universal Network Operating System; and University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL), a third-party laboratory dedicated to testing data networking technologies.

Quotes from new members:

“Since our inception, Audinate has used standards to develop a complete IP-based media networking solution. AVnu Alliance’s goal for promoting interoperability and openness among A/V equipment vendors across the industry will give customers greater flexibility in implementing A/V networked systems.” – David Myers, COO, Audinate

“Micrel intends to leverage its innovation and market presence in the automotive and consumer electronics segments to proactively contribute as a promoter member to AVnu Alliance. As pioneers for automotive Ethernet with a strong track record in enabling connectivity for consumer entertainment devices including the digital home infrastructure, AVnu Alliance is aligned with our strategy.” – Wiren Perera, Director of Ethernet Products, Micrel

“A common and open standard that allows the use of computer networks for digital audio and video transmission will be a great benefit for our customers. Through AVnu Alliance, Sennheiser plans to support the implementation of compliance tests that ensure interoperability of future AVB-compliant products.” – Dr. Heinrich Esser, President Global Research & Development, Sennheiser

“UMAN is pleased and excited to be part of AVnu Alliance. As a network company we believed from the very beginning in media networks based on open standards. There is no doubt that AVB will change the industry quite radically in a very short time. With the netOS UNOS we are happy to contribute an easy migration tool for manufacturers towards AVB, plus a unified command & control solution.” – Juergen Scheuring, CEO, UMAN

“Compliance and interoperability are the cornerstones of the AVB technology. We are very pleased to bring UNH-IOL’s extensive real-word test lab experience to AVnu Alliance as a promoter member to help define and assist in forthcoming testing efforts.” – Bob Noseworthy, Technical Sherpa, University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL)

AVnu Alliance Website

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