BVE 2016: AoIP capability for NTP’s PENTA 720

NTP Technology has unveiled AES67 capability for its PENTA 720 compact broadcast audio router at this year’s BVE Show, taking place in London’s ExCel exhibition centre from today until Thursday (23-25).

The announcement follows a number of major enhancements made to the company’s DAD AX32 audio converter, which were revealed in January.

Developed by the Audio Engineering Society, AES67 is a layer 3 protocol suite based on existing standards and is designed to allow interoperability between various IP-based audio networking systems such as RAVENNA, Livewire, Q-LAN and Dante.

The PENTA 720 is a compact 1.5k2 broadcast audio router which can be configured with a wide range of interface cards such as MADI, AES, analogue, SDI embedder/de-embedder and Dante AoIP.

The PENTA 720 with the AES67 upgrade will be shown on the HHB Communications stand, L45, where customers will be able to discuss AES67 in more detail.

"Many broadcasters are transitioning to an IP-based infrastructure and even more are looking to go that way," commented NTP Technology’s business development manager Jan Lykke. "The PENTA 720 already supports Dante audio-over-IP. The addition of AES67 makes it possible to use the PENTA 720 in both Dante and AES67 based solutions simultaneously. Dante provides a very easy, flexible and powerful way of building an audio-over-IP infrastructure. However, there is also a requirement amongst end users for an open standard to interconnect to non-Dante devices. This is where we believe AES67 is the ideal solution. For that reason, we have joined the Media Networking Alliance which is promoting the AES67 standard."