Switch Products Certified for AVB-Compliance Testing

The first products for Audio Video Bridging (AVB), a recently developed protocol to enhance interconnectivity and intercompatibility of networked audio and video devices, have been certified by the AVnu Alliance, AVB’s trade organization. The Summit X440 AVB series of switches from Extreme Networks has passed all testing for certification and will now bear the AVnu-certified logo.

Product certification takes place at the AVnu Alliance’s testing facility at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). AVnu certification is available to Alliance member companies. The organization recently announced that it has accepted its 65th member. Several manufacturers have submitted AVB-enabled devices for interoperability and conformance testing, with more members expected to follow suit in the coming months.

Once submitted, a product is subjected to tests based on the IEEE 802.1 AVB standards, as well as additional requirements that the AVnu Alliance has selected as relevant and necessary for proper system interoperability. Products that successfully complete the testing program receive an official logo of certification, the global seal of interoperability for devices that implement the IEEE AVB standards. Currently, the UNH-IOL is testing both network bridges and endpoints for AVB-compatibility.

The AVnu Alliance is focused on promoting adoption of the IEEE 802.1 AVB standards. The organization creates compliance-test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked AV devices for audio and video streaming. AVB-compliant devices are expected to play a significant role in the transport of AV signals in environments including sports venues and broadcast operations centers.

AVB, HD Base-T, and other protocols are considered the vanguard of the ultimate operational convergence of AV and IT platforms.