Ross Introduces IGGY AoIP AES67 to MADI Converter at IBC 2018

September 25 2018, 00:05
Following the introduction of the new NEWT IP Gear series of products at NAB 2018, where Ross offers a simple SMPTE ST2110 compliant IP gateway with audio and video crossbars for I/O routing and more, at the IBC 2018 show in Amsterdam Ross expanded the possibilities on audio-over-IP (AoIP) connectivity with the introduction of IGGY, a clever and very useful AES67 / ST2110 to MADI audio converter box, which is powered over Ethernet and supports for NMOS, EmBER+, Dante/SAP, Livewire+ and DashBoard environments.

At a time when broadcast and production infrastructures are still using predominately systems which are based on MADI multichannel digital audio interfaces, but AoIP is starting to dominate in live production and on distribution infrastructures, IGGY is an ideal solution for plug and play AES67 networking, effectively bridging any of the existing AES67-compatible AoIP protocols such as Ravenna, Dante, Livewire+ or QSC Q-LAN with MADI. And according to Ross, IGGY will be available in October 2018 with backorders being accepted now.

IGGY is a part of Ross' family of live audio-over-IP converters, and intends to offer the most broadly interoperable, flexible and robust AES67 & ST2110 to MADI audio converter on the market today, for example with support of 1 to 80 channels per stream, with support for various sample rates and packet times. IGGY also natively bridges multiple audio networking solutions such as Dante/SAP, Ravenna, NMOS, Livewire+, JSON and DashBoard, freeing installations from incompatible AES67 and ST2110 implementations, while the transition to fully IP-enabled systems is ongoing.

According to Nestor Amaya, VP of Infrastructure at Ross, IGGY offers "a mature and complete set of AES67 & ST2110 options, together with flexible clocking features, to ensure a solid connection to any device of your choosing. Plus, redundant power, hitless redundant audio-over IP interfaces and locking connectors, all with flexible mounting options (mounting ears & optional rack tray), powered over Ethernet and silent for use in-studio."

This "mature and complete set of AES67 & ST2110 options," means that IGGY supports ST 2110-31 AES3 Transparent Transport and all ST 2110-30 conformance levels (A, AX, B, BX, C & CX), while featuring two audio receivers and 16 audio senders, allowing for ST2022-7 hitless 1+1 redundancy per sender and receiver, 125μs, 250μs, and 1ms packet times at 6, 12 and 48 samples per packet and support for 48 kHz and 44.1 kHz sampling rates with ASRC, or 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz without ASRC. All this with 1 to 80 channels, and L24, L16 & AM824 audio formats configurable per audio stream. For WAN applications, IGGY can be configured also with a 30ms per receiver stream, critical in heavily-loaded networks.

For integration with broadcast systems, the converter box supports Ross own control ecosystem and 3rd-party systems such as Lawo VSM, and there's dual redundant Gigabit Ethernet audio interfaces, and an optional GE control interface, apart from 4x isolated Tally out +8 x TTL GPIO, controlled via RossTalk and TSL.

Powered by an embedded dual-core ARM Cortex A9 1.5GHz processor for responsive control and telemetry, Ross' own DashBoard provides seamless integration of configuration, control, and monitoring. In addition to DashBoard, IGGY supports discovery and registration with the following protocols:
- Ravenna
- NMOS IS-04
- Dante / SAP (AES67 mode)
- Livewire+ (AES67 mode)
Connection Control
- EmBER+
- NMOS IS-05
- WebUI

A bi-directional MADI SFP port offers support for 64 input/output channels and also allows connecting a passive direct attach copper cable (passive DAC / twinax) to lower overall system cost. The fanless chassis was designed for studio silent operation and the unique Power over Ethernet feature and redundant DC input power, as well as locking connectors, including Neutrik Ethernet RJ45, warrants flexibility and peace of mind in critical installations.
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