NTP Technology introduced major additions to its range of broadcast-quality audio routing and control systems on stand 8.B51 at IBC2011 in September.
The new PENTA 725 IP audio router enables audio routing over IP based Gigabit Ethernet with linear PCM audio quality and sub-millisecond latency.
Housed in a compact 1 RU high 19 inch chassis, the router has a capacity of 1024 x 1024 crosspoints and can accommodate 64 bi-directional channels via IP. It can also be populated to handle 64 AES3 input/output channels, six optical MADI channels and optional sampling-rate converters interfaces.
Internet bandwidth is increasing in many countries, giving broadcasters the option of using far more cost-efficient IP-based networking in place of traditional leased telco lines, details NTP Technology Sales Director Mikael Vest. The PENTA 725 IP combines standard time-division multiplex routing with the ability to interface audio via Gigabit Ethernet. It can route the audio in the networks using standard switches.
Additional Penta 725 IP systems can be combined to handle a total of 512 channels on a 1 gigabit/s network. Larger systems can be integrated where greater network capacity is available. Each audio channel can be deployed as router input/output connections or to connect with extra Penta 725 IP units.
All switching on the IP network is controlled by NTP Technologys RCCore router control system. Connections are managed by our VMC control surface. Changes can be made dynamically to match programme schedules.
IP audio entering or leaving the PENTA 725 IP router can be interfaced on a PC platform by using a dedicated Ethernet sound card or its virtual equivalent. The VMC control software is used to select a monitor source which can be made directly available for high-quality/low-latency monitoring. Two RJ45 Cat 6 Gigabit Ethernet connectors are available on the PENTA 725 IP for fully redundant connection. Control and IP audio data are transmitted on the same IP connection, enabling in-band control of additional IP audio nodes as well as control via the NTP Router Control System RCCoreV3 on the same network.
The Penta 725 IP is equipped with redundant power supply. A redundant IP Matrix core module is optional.
Also on show were NTP Technologys new router control applications the VMC II Control software, PPM Panel V2 and 615 remote control panels as well as the current range of routing products. The latter include the 625 audio router, 625 MADI router, PENTA 725 audio router and DAD-AX24 analogue-to-digital/digital-to-analogue converter, and a range of routing control applications.
NTP Technology was represented at IBC2011 by:
Mikael Vest, Sales Director
Kim Vangsgaard, Senior System Engineer
Heine Pedersen, System Engineer
Jeppe Srensen, Technical Manager
About NTP Technology
NTP Technology (www.ntp.dk) produces high-reliability audio routing and signal processing systems for major international broadcasters, audio mastering and editing studios. NTP products are integrated into television and radio stations as well as production centres, post-production facilities and outside broadcast vehicles. Based in Copenhagen, NTP is part of Dan Technologies' Group, one of Europe's leading suppliers of audio, video, transmission products and digital media solutions.