NAB introduction for Riedel media network device

The big launch for networking and intercom manufacturer Riedel Communications during NAB 2015 was the MicroN media network technology. The 80G device is designed to work with the company’s MediorNet range of transport and management systems.

Riedel describes the MicroN as a high density signal interface that is designed to work with the MediorNet MetroN core fibre routing system. It offers a range of audio, video and data ins and outs, among them 24 SD/HD/3G-SDI I/Os, two MADI optical digital audio connectors, a slot for Gigabit Ethernet, two sync reference I/Os and eight 10G high-speed SFT+ ports.

MicroN comes in 1RU rackmount form and is intended to be fully networkable within a MediorNet infrastructure. It is also available as point-to-point model at a lower cost. The unit supports 10G high-speed video, 3G-SDI video, MADI audio and Gigabit Ethernet, with integrated sync reference I/Os such as black burst, tri-level and word clock.

Among integral audio and video processing features a re automatic format detection, frame synchronisation and framestore for every video output, with a 16-channel audio embedder/de-embedder, test pattern generator and an integrated sample-rate converter. The MicroN runs on a redundant wide-ragne AC power supply and incorporates nodes in a meshed pattern making it possible to scale and de-centralise the routing functions.

Lars Höhmann, Skype & MediorNet product manager for Riedel Communications, comments on the new product, "The MicroN offers a highly versatile signal interface that can be used in productions of every size and complexity. For the largest media networks built on our MediorNet transport devices, MicroN can serve as a breakout box for a MetroN router and extend connectivity beyond the fibre I/Os to any type of video and audio I/O required. Or, MicroN can simply work with a MetroN router, with other MicroN units, or in a standalone point-to-point configuration to provide an economical solution for small- to medium-sized productions."

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