NTP Technology Penta 725 IP Audio Router to Make UK Debut at BVE 2012
“The new Penta 725 IP audio router offers substantial savings in network operating costs by eliminating the need to lease expensive dedicated telco lines,” explains NTP Technology Sales Director Mikael Vest. “These lines are traditionally used to carry audio from a regional radio or television studio back to a central location.
"Designed for broadcasters and independent studio operators, the Penta 725 IP allows a high quality audio routing network to be operated using low-cost Gigabit IP based Ethernet lines. It delivers the additional benefit of being easier to use than traditional leased-telco-line systems because it is fully controllable via our intuitive VMC software. Using the Penta 725 IP allows city-wide, country-wide or global routing of high quality audio with sub-millisecond timing accuracy.”
A presentation explaining the practical and economic advantages of the NTP IP audio technology based on Dante(TM) will be delivered by Mikael Vest on Wednesday 15 February as part of the radio technology session.
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.
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. NTP Technology’s VMC control software is employed 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 combines standard time-division multiplex routing with the ability to interface audio between AES3 and AES10 (MADI). All switching on the IP network is controlled via the NTP Technology RCCore router control system. Connections are managed by the VMC control surface. Changes can be made dynamically to match programme schedules.
The compact Penta 725 IP 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. The Penta 725 IP is equipped with an auxiliary power supply. An auxiliary IP Matrix core module is optional.
Also being introduced to the UK market at BVE 2012 will be NTP Technology’s new router control applications. the VMC II control software, V2 PPM Panel and 615 remote control panels. The latter are compatible with 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.