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AVnu Alliance Opens Bridge Certification; Adds 50th member

AVnu Alliance Opens Bridge Certification; Adds 50th member

Beaverton, Ore. – February 12, 2013 – AVnu Alliance, an industry forum that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability, has announced the opening of its certification testing for AVB-enabled networking bridges at its appointed testing house, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). AVnu Certification is available to Alliance member companies.

The announcement is an important milestone in AVnu Alliance’s mission to bring high-quality open-standard audio and video networking to professional AV, automotive, and consumer electronics segments. Several manufacturers have submitted AVB-enabled devices for AVnu Alliance’s exhaustive interoperability and conformance testing, with more AVnu Alliance members expected to follow suit in the coming months. Products that complete the testing program successfully will receive an official logo of certification, the global seal of interoperability for devices that implement the IEEE AVB standards.

“The commencement of bridge certification confirms that the AVnu vision of truly interoperable open standard networking is becoming a reality,” says Rick Kreifeldt, AVnu Alliance President and VP of Research & Innovation, Harman. AVnu Alliance’s rigorous testing procedures will guarantee that only wholly compliant products receive the official stamp of approval.”

Simultaneously, the global reach of AVnu Alliance continues to grow with the confirmation of the group’s 50th member, Symphony Teleca Corporation (STC). Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, STC helps customers worldwide manage the convergence of software, the cloud and connected devices.

Dean Miles, senior vice-president automotive BU at Symphony Teleca, comments: “STC considers the AVnu Alliance to be the place where theory of IEEE specifications meets the real world. The alliance provides application interoperability and certification testing which is critical to STC’s business as we deploy Ethernet AVB in the automotive and consumer electronics marketplace. AVnu is the perfect alliance for STC to prove our technology and support the deployment and evolution of interoperable AVB products.”

 About AVnu Alliance

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio and video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked AV devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming AV experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics and professional AV markets. More information can be found on the AVnu Alliance website at www.AVnu.org.

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AVnu Alliance Welcomes New Member Axon and Forms Pro Video Subgroup

Beaverton, Ore. – December 12, 2012AVnu Alliance, an industry forum that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability, has added broadcast infrastructure equipment developer Axon Digital Design to its membership roster. In addition, Jan Eveleens, CEO of Axon, will serve as chairman of the newly-formed AVnu Alliance Pro Video Subgroup.

Axon joined the AVnu Alliance as a result of the growing need for the professional video industry to adopt Ethernet – and specifically AVB – as its primary networking interface. The interoperability and functionality enabled by AVB, including low latency, time synchronization and bandwidth reservation, are essential for video and broadcast applications.

“Joining the AVnu Alliance fits very well in our history and strategy of being at the forefront of new technologies and standards in professional video,” said Jan Eveleens, CEO of Axon. “We strongly believe that networked video is the next big thing in professional video applications, and the AVnu Alliance is an excellent platform to help drive this vision towards a reality”

As chair of the AVnu Alliance Pro Video Subgroup, Eveleens will work with other alliance member companies to define key requirements for AVnu certification of video products. The goal is to ensure that professional video equipment manufacturers and their customers can benefit from the performance and interoperability advantages of AVnu-certified AVB products.

“The AVnu Alliance continues to expand, and we welcome the addition of another AVnu Alliance member that is so video-centric,” said Lee Minich, Marketing Work Group chair of AVnu Alliance, and president of Lab X Technologies. “Axon’s participation has boosted our ability to support the AVB standard in the exploding networked video market.”

AVnu Alliance’s membership is comprised of notable companies in the pro video market, including Barco, Digital Design Corporation, Riedel and Xilinx, as well as key players in the automotive, consumer electronics, and professional audio markets.

About AVnu Alliance

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked AV devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming AV experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics and professional AV markets. More information can be found on the AVnu Alliance website at www.AVnu.org.

About AXON

Based in Gilze, Netherlands, Axon develops, manufactures and markets high quality broadcast equipment for the conversion, processing and compliance recording of audio and video signals. Products integrate advanced signal processing techniques, innovative engineering and modular flexibility and provide high quality, affordability and reliability within mission critical applications.

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GENIVI Alliance and AVnu Alliance Join Forces to Advance the Development of In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems

Beaverton, Ore. and San Ramon, Calif. – October 31, 2012AVnu Alliance and the GENIVI Alliance have announced a liaison agreement to align software requirements for automotive Ethernet IVI (In-Vehicle Infotainment) and related applications. This initiative defines areas of mutual interest in IVI specifications and furthers both organizations’ effort to support compliance and interoperability through open-source technology.

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to bringing AVnu-certified Audio Video Bridging (AVB) devices to market; and GENIVI Alliance aims to drive the development and adoption of an open IVI reference platform. For manufacturers planning to use AVnu-certified devices and the GENIVI platform in the automobile, this new joint agreement gives confidence that devices certified by the two alliances would interoperate and integrate seamlessly.

“The liaison between the GENIVI Alliance and AVnu Alliance is critically important to the ‘infotainment feature’ deployment in the future for both automakers and the Tier 1’s and all other suppliers in the global IVI market,” said Matt Jones, GENIVI vice president. “Combining the open developments of the GENIVI systems with the industry-leading, Ethernet-based audio video streaming will enable the next level of interoperability and integration between the vehicle and consumer electronics devices.”

“By joining forces, AVnu Alliance and GENIVI Alliance are sending a strong message to the automotive industry about our commitment to bringing flexibility, efficiency and reliability to vehicle infotainment systems,” said Rick Kreifeldt, AVnu Alliance president. “This relationship will simplify and improve the development of interoperable communication systems for the automobile, ultimately benefitting the manufacturers, suppliers, and the consumers.”

About GENIVI Alliance

The GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association whose mission is to drive the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source development platform. GENIVI will accomplish this by aligning requirements, delivering reference implementations, offering certification programs and fostering a vibrant open source IVI community. GENIVI’s work will result in shortened development cycles, quicker time-to-market, and reduced costs for companies developing IVI equipment and software. Comprised of more than 165 member companies, GENIVI is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif. Please visit www.genivi.org for more information.

About AVnu Alliance

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio and video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking link-layers. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked AV devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming AV experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics and professional AV markets. More information can be found on the AVnu Alliance website at www.AVnu.org.

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AVnu Alliance Convenes Council to Advance Automotive Requirements for AVB Gen2

Beaverton, Ore., Oct 9, 2012AVnu Alliance, an industry forum dedicated to certifying interoperable Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products, has announced the formation of the AVnu Automotive AVB Gen2 Council (AAA2C), following a kick-off meeting held in September in Regensburg, Germany. The AAA2C is a committee of automotive industry experts that will collectively identify automotive requirements for future development of the second generation of AVB standards.

Designed to meet the needs of high-quality synchronized audio and video, the current IEEE AVB standards are adopted in many markets including automotive and professional A/V.  AVB Gen2 is the evolutionary step forward to meet even more widespread usage of the technology beyond audio and video applications. Now in development within the IEEE, AVB Gen2 expands functionality in areas such as time-sensitive transmission, ultra-low latency, and fault tolerance.

The AVnu Alliance has formed the AAA2C to provide a forum for education and discussion around AVB, and examine the automotive industry’s requirements for AVB Gen2. The AAA2C is encouraging participation from AVnu Alliance members and other companies in the automotive industry.

“As industry interest and adoption of AVB continues to grow within the automotive space, now is an opportune time to think about next-generation specifications,” said Rick Kreifeldt, AVnu Alliance president and VP of research & innovation, HARMAN. “AVnu Alliance is best positioned to bring together key players so we can identify and define future requirements that will broaden the usage of AVB within the vehicle and benefit the automotive industry as a whole.”

The AVnu Alliance continues to gain traction in the automotive market, with a growing list of member companies that represent the full ecosystem of automotive technology.

Those interested in joining or learning more about the AAA2C may contact admin@avnu.org.

About AVnu Alliance

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking link-layers. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked A/V devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming A/V experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics and professional A/V markets. More information can be found at www.AVnu.org.

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AVnu Alliance Co-Sponsors Ethernet & IP Automotive Technology Day

Beaverton, Ore., September 17, 2012AVnu Alliance, an industry forum dedicated to certifying interoperable Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products, is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Ethernet & IP Automotive Technology Day taking place September 19-20 in Regensburg, Germany.

A featured speaker at the event, AVnu Alliance President Rick Kreifeldt will present “AVnu – Supporting the Automotive Industry for AVB Networking” at noon on Thursday, September 20. AVnu Alliance is also exhibiting at the event, which provides a forum for all parties developing “Automotive Ethernet” to understand the latest state of the technology and the future role that Ethernet will play in automotive. More than 400 participants are registered to attend and to hear from key industry players that include BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, General Motors, and Ford.  AVnu members will be present at the AVnu exhibit to demonstrate the benefits of AVB for automotive and provide additional information on the Alliance.

AVnu Alliance continues to expand its presence in the automotive industry, with a growing list of AVnu Alliance member companies representing the full ecosystem of automotive technology, including OEMs, equipment manufacturers, middleware and silicon suppliers. AVnu has both requirements and technical working groups for automotive compliance and interoperability. Member companies have full access to these test plans and AVnu supplied test tools as well as the opportunity to participate in plugfests.

“A converged Ethernet backbone is needed for the ever-increasing cross-domain communication needs between active safety devices, infotainment, engine control, and other car systems. Interoperable devices using the Ethernet-based AVB standard with AVnu certification will enable the automotive market to capitalize on new opportunities,” said Kreifeldt, who is also VP of Research & Innovation, Corporate Technology Group at HARMAN. “We are very excited about the rising activity for AVB and AVnu in automotive.”

About AVnu Alliance

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking link-layers. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked A/V devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming A/V experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics and professional A/V markets. More information can be found at www.AVnu.org.

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Dolby Joins the AVnu Alliance to Advance AVB and Support Interoperability Certification

Beaverton, OR – August 28, 2012 – The AVnu Alliance, an industry forum dedicated to bringing AVnu-certified Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products to market, today announced that Dolby Laboratories, Inc. has joined the alliance as a promoter member. Dolby, a recognized leader in entertainment technologies, develops sound, imaging, and voice technologies. Now part of a consortium of more than 45 manufacturers, Dolby is expanding the AVnu Alliance’s reach in enabling AVB device interoperability in the professional, consumer, and cinema markets.

“As we continue to develop the best entertainment technologies, we see the need for our customers to reliably connect devices with ease. The AVnu Alliance’s work in advancing the AVB standards and its certification program will help the industry reach this goal,” said Brian Link, Vice President Business Development, Dolby Laboratories. “With the AVnu certification process just around the corner, we’re excited to contribute to help drive interoperability with a singular networking solution.”

As a member of the AVnu Alliance, Dolby will have access to a set of certification tools to pre-test AVB-based devices before entering the formal testing procedures. Alliance members also have the opportunity to participate in AVnu Alliance “plugfests,” where products are validated in a multi-vendor environment.

“With Dolby as a new member, the AVnu Alliance is one step closer to achieving industry-wide support for AVB adoption,” said Lee Minich, marketing chair for the AVnu Alliance. “We will be working closely with Dolby as we finalize the certification specifications to address the needs of applications from pro AV to the cinema to the home. We look forward to seeing the AVnu-certified logo on Dolby products in the near future.”

About AVnuAlliance

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking
link-layers. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked AV devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming AV experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics and professional AV markets. More information can be found on the AVnu Alliance website at www.AVnu.org.

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AVnu Alliance Unveils Certification Logo

AVnu Alliance Unveils Certification Logo

Offers Testing Tools to Members

Beaverton, OR – July 24, 2012 – AVnu Alliance, an industry forum dedicated to bringing AVnu-certified Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products to the market, has unveiled the certification mark for devices that have passed AVnu Alliance interoperability testing to become an AVnu-certified AVB product. This certification process helps assure that once a product is certified, it will interoperate with other AVnu-certified AVB devices.

To facilitate certifying AVB devices for interoperability, AVnu Alliance will provide its more than 40 members with a rich set of tools to test AVB devices and troubleshoot problems before entering the formal testing procedures. Software scripts are offered to these manufacturers to help accelerate their development of AVB products in preparation of final interoperability testing. AVnu Alliance regularly hosts plugfests where products are tested in a collaborative multi-vendor environment.

“AVnu-certified AVB devices offer manufacturers and their customers numerous practical advantages over legacy and proprietary solutions in streaming A/V content,” said Lee Minich, marketing chair for AVnu Alliance.” Only AVB products bearing the AVnu certification mark give end-users the confidence that a device passed robust compliance and interoperability testing in a multi-vendor environment.”

Earlier this year, the AVnu Alliance named the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) as the official test house. Testing of AVB-enabled bridges is planned to begin in August 2012. For professional audio endpoint products, the testing process is planned to begin in Q1 of 2013.

To become an AVnu Alliance member or learn more about the AVnu certification program, email administration@avnu.org.

About AVnu Alliance

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking link-layers. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked AV devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming AV experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics and professional AV markets. More information can be found on the AVnu Alliance website at www.AVnu.org.

 

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