With native IPBaseT technology, the Aurora IPX series from Aurora Multimedia combines various IP/AV standards in one. The IPX-TCW3 wall plate, demonstrated at ISE 2018, is “the industry’s first 4K2K IP wall plate with zero compression and latency on the BlueRiver platform,” according to the company.
Aurora Multimedia says the wall plate, as well as other products in the Aurora IPX Series, eliminates the need for both a transmitter (encoder) and receiver (decoder). “The IPX-TCW3 can be set up as either one to make installation, inventory, and troubleshooting easier,” an Aurora press release says.
Benchmarks of the IPX Series
The IPX-TCW3 wall plate also features a slot to add other IP streaming capabilities, such as ExtremeUSBA (USB 2.0 over IP), or DanteA audio. Audio, video, data, and control can be sent securely to one or many IPX-TCW3 transceiver units using off-the-shelf 10G Fiber or CAT Ethernet switches.
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“When the IPX-TCW3 is set up as a transmitter, the 2 HDMI inputs become a source switch and the HDMI output becomes a potential loop out. When set up as a receiver, a user can select the local HDMI inputs or an IP source. Seamless switching of the sources further enhances the presentation.
“Regardless of how the IPX-TCW3 is set up, the audio can be de-embedded at any location, break away, and/or be sent to or received from a DanteÂ® enabled device. The USB 2.0 option is also flexible, working as a KVM and/or a high-speed data transfer (480Mbps) for memory sticks.”
Learn more about the Aurora IPX Series here.
The 1Gbps Network Debate
Aurora Multimedia maintains that “a 1Gbps network simply cannot transport 4K 60 4:4:4 content without a loss of quality. When the bandwidth is 4K60 4:2:0 or below, SDVoE over 10G Ethernet has no compression and only 0.022 milliseconds of latency.”
Aurora says medical, broadcast, and other mission-critical IP streaming applications need to consider a 10G network.