PPI deploys law firm smart office based on Semtech's SDVoE technology

April 23, 2020
Semtech’s BlueRiver technology offered PPI the foundation to develop solutions with AV processing capabilities beyond those possible with a traditional matrix switch.

Analog and mixed signal semiconductor supplier Semtech (NASDAQ: SMTC) announced that Presentation Products, Inc. (PPI), a supplier of audiovisual design and integration platforms for the corporate, educational and hospitality markets, has created a Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE)-based solution for Cooley LLP, a top international law firm, leveraging Semtech’s BlueRiver Pro AV technology.

In 2017, Cooley sought to change the way its employees work together and provide an innovative means for collaboration at its New York City office. With five floors and 45 conference rooms, the law firm required an AV system that could handle and distribute data at near-zero latency throughout the approximately 130,000-square-foot facility.

The company consulted with PPI and decided on an SDVoE-enabled AV-over-IP solution built on Aurora Multimedia’s line of BlueRiver-based 10 Gbps 4K transceivers. The system’s standards-based design enables the complete integration of devices from across the SDVoE ecosystem, while providing minimal compression on 4K media, future-proofing for higher resolution scaling and reliable data transfer over fiber.

“Semtech’s BlueRiver technology offered PPI the ideal technology base to develop solutions with processing capabilities beyond those possible with a traditional matrix switch,” said Kyle Balkcom, principal at PPI. “With BlueRiver, we are able to provide AV data transfer at near-zero latency and image resolution up to 4K60 4:4:4, creating flexible, scalable and standards-based SDVoE applications that allow our customers to work smarter and more efficiently.”

The completed SDVoE-enabled system enables interactive displays throughout the office’s many meeting spaces, seamless collaboration over video calls and joint whiteboarding sessions with remote participants, as well as a two-story BlueRiver-based video wall in the office lobby.

Semtech notes that its BlueRiver technology brings the power of Ethernet to AV signal distribution, changing the dynamics of Pro AV integration by allowing installers and OEMs to replace proprietary AV matrix switches with off-the-shelf Ethernet networks that deliver better price/performance, flexibility and scalability.

The BlueRiver platform delivers a single programmable system on chip (SoC), which can be used to replace traditional AV/KVM extenders, matrix switchers, video wall controllers and windowing processors with a simple network of transmitters, receivers and off-the-shelf Ethernet switches. Semtech says its BlueRiver chipsets deliver a foundation of SDVoE technology offering zero-latency, uncompressed 4K streaming over standard Ethernet with unique support for HDMI 2.0a and HDR applications. The chipsets also integrate high-fidelity video scaling, windowing and audio downmixing.

“BlueRiver enables the replacement of traditional Pro AV circuit switching infrastructure with off-the-shelf Ethernet, providing much greater system flexibility and scalability along with substantial cost savings over traditional matrix designs,” concludes Don Shaver, Vice President of Video Products for Semtech’s Signal Integrity Products Group. “The technology creates SDVoE-based applications well suited to deliver the high quality AV data demanded by today’s leading corporations.”

To learn more, visit https://www.semtech.com/technology/blueriver and http://www.presentationproducts.com/.

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