Ethernet has been around since 1973, and you’re probably aware of many companies who have struggled to make it work for audio and video applications. But those are proprietary systems where often Box A can’t talk to Box B. So IEEE, which owns the Ethernet standard, has been working on a re-write of the Ethernet standard called 802.1BA AVB, and the AVB is for audio and video bridging. Multichannel audio is easy. Video is a lot harder to network than audio. And, with the progression from HD to 3G to 4K, it’s going to be even harder, not easier. On the other hand, 40 gigabit networking (and 100 gigabit) are also coming soon.
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Presenter: Steve Lampen, Belden
Steve Lampen has worked for Belden for twenty-two years and is currently Multimedia Technology Manager and also Product Line Manager for Entertainment Products. Prior to Belden, Steve had an extensive career in radio broadcast engineering and installation, film production, and electronic distribution. Steve holds an FCC Lifetime General License (formerly a First Class FCC License) and is an SBE Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer. On the data side he is a BICSI Registered Communication Distribution Designer. In 2010, he was named “Educator of the Year” by the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), and in 2011 was named “Educator of the Year” by the Society of Broadcast Engineers. His book, "The Audio-Video Cable Installer’s Pocket Guide" is published by McGraw-Hill. His column "Wired for Sound" appears in Radio World Magazine. His blog appears weekly at www.belden.com/blog