V__matrix

Software-defined IP-Routing & Processing Platform.

Flexible - forceful - future-proof

Some call it cloud, some call it virtualization – we call it: V__matrix. This new IP broadcast video core infrastructure product will change your idea of what a broadcast facility looks like from legacy to future, quickly transforming any broadcast installation into a flexible, future-proof production facility, addressing a wide range of workflows and supporting your transition to a totally IP-based environment.

V__matrix is the first of its kind. Free from the restrictions of legacy hardware platforms it offers a completely virtualized real-time routing and processing infrastructure. Instead of connecting single purpose modular products in elaborate production chains the V__matrix is based on data center principles of flexibility, fabric computing and COTS economics and makes these available to any live production broadcast environment. Whether an OB truck, a TV studio or a broadcast operation center, V__matrix creates a fully virtualized core infrasturcture.

The V__matrix ecosystem is based on generic high capacity FPGA based core processing modules upon which Virtual Modules (VM) are loaded to create the functionality required. Multiple cores are connected through redundant 10GE and 40GE connections to an IP network to form a distributed IP routing and processing matrix that provides frame-accurate, clean switching just like a legacy baseband matrix.

The V__matrix ecosystem scales linearly from tens to thousands of I/O and processing functions which make it ideal for any size live broadcast facility, small or large. Capabilities easily scale as well. An entire production workflow can be remapped in minutes when requirements change from production to production. The functionality of any core processing module can be exchanged, enabling system capabilities to easily be modified or upgraded to address your constantly changing business requirements. The V__matrix pool of generic core processing modules provides ultimate flexibility; with software-defined functionality they can be configured and called upon to handle the peaks and troughs of seasonal production demands.

With Lawo’s innovative licensing model, Virtual Modules can be assigned to a particular core processing module or be stored in an on-site license server allowing for unprecedented flexibility.

NEW: Virtual Multiviewer Modules for V__matrix

The V__matrix vm_mv24-4 and vm_mv16-4 virtual modules (VMs) provide high quality multiviewer functionality to the V__matrix ecosystem when loaded onto a c100 core processing module.

Capable of handling both IP and SDI sources the V__matrix multiviewer virtual modules can monitor uncompressed 4K/UHD, 3G, HD and SD video as well as both embedded and discrete audio while generating pixel perfect mosaics with ultra-low  latency.

The vm_mv24-4 can monitor up to 24 sources or max 36 Gbps of IP or SDI video while the vm_mv16-4 is capable of up to 16 sources or a max of 24 Gbps. Both multiviewer VMs can generate up to 4 output heads (mosaics) and scale and display any source on any output head without limitation. The same source can be displayed on multiple output heads at different resolutions. The output heads can be configured as either HD, 3G or 4K and output over IP interfaces or, using the modular rear-plate I/O, as SDI.

Both VMs also optionally support SMPTE2042 VC-2 compressed video which further increases their monitoring capabilities by allowing monitoring of more 3G and 4K/UHD signals without hitting their respective processing capacity maximums. For example, with the vm_mv24-4 and the +vc2 option up to 12 4K/UHD signals can be monitored and displayed in one mosaic. The VC-2 option also includes the ability to compress the IP output heads which allows for 4K/UHD mosaics to be transported over a 10Gbps IP network. The V__matrix multiviewer VMs were designed to be controlled by Lawo’s groundbreaking touch operated configuration system  “theWALL”. This unique HTML5 based GUI makes mosaic configuration with borders, colors, UMDs, tally etc a simple case of drag and drop.

V_matrix Key Features

  • World’s 1st virtualized broadcast ecosystem with software-defined functionality based on high-capacity generic
    compute modules
  • Unified routing and processing core infrastructure
  • Support for source-timed and destination-timed deterministic frame-accurate clean switching
  • Distributed processing over multiple networked processing modules
  • Seamless SDI to IP migration utilizing one unified control system (VSM)
  • High-density IP conversion for legacy SDI equipment (up to 160 I/O in 3RU)
  • Optimum utilization of resources: Significantly reduced footprint, power consumption, spare pooling and cabling
  • Sophisticated multi-layer redundancy for signal, network, control and hardware layers
  • Designed for both decentralized operation and data center style centralized operation
  • Fully based on open standards in-line with the AIMS roadmap: SMPTE 2110-10/20/30/40, 2022-6/-7, 2042 (VC-2), VSF TR-01, AES67, and Ember+

Specifications

V__MATRIX FRAMES

CENTRALIZED VIDEO REFERENCE INPUT:

  • 1 x Analog genlock high definition trilevel sync SMPTE-274M/296M or Analog Genlock SD 1V BB SMPTE-170M/318M or SDI, 1 x reference loop-back

CENTRALIZED MANAGEMENT PORTS:

  • 1x RJ45 100/1000Base-T, 1x SFP slot

FRAME MECHANICS

  • DIMENSIONS: (H x W x D): 44/88/132mm, (1/2/3 RU) x 481mm (19“) x 458mm (18“)
  • WEIGHT: V__matrix2 5kg (11 lb), V__matrix5 7kg (15.5 lbs), V__matrix8 8kg (18 lbs)
  • INDICATORS: 2 x power status per PSU
  • POWER: Connector: 2x IEC redundant, Input Voltage: nominal 100-240V, AC +/- 10%, 50/60Hz, Hot swappable: Yes
  • MAX CONSUMPTION: V__matrix2 < 400W, V__matrix5 < 1,000W, V__matrix8 < 1,000W

C100 CORE PROCESSING MODULE

INTERFACES

  • 2 x QSFP+: Each configurable as 40GE Ethernet or 4x10GE Ethernet, 1x RJ45 100/1000Base-T Dedicated management port, 1 x USB Console port, 1 x PPS pulse per second output

VIDEO REFERENCE

  • IEEE1588 PTPv2 / SDI / Analog Video Ref (Tri-Level, BB) / IP Vid-stream

MANAGEMENT

  • Protocols: HTTP, SNMPv1, Ember+, Syslog, User interface: Embedded HTML5 user interface, Management interface: Out-of-band and in-band management with guaranteed min bandwidth for inband management & control

INDICATORS

  • 1 x status LED, 4 x status LED: per QSFP+ port, 1 x OLED status display: monochrome display with touch point

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Operating temperature: 0°C to +40°C (+32°F to + 104°F), prerequisite airflow > 26 qbm/h per C100 blade, max 320 qbm/h, Storage temperature: -20°C to +70°C (-4°F to +158°F), Relative humidity: < 90% non-condensing, Ventilation/Air-flow: front to back cooling, Noise emission: < 58 dBA per c100 core processing module, Electromagnetic environment: E2 (EN55103-1,-2)

IO REAR-PLATES

io_bnc_10+10 IO rear-plate

  • 10x 12G* /6G* /3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs via micro BNC connector, 10x 12G* /6G* /3G/HD/SD-SDI outputs via micro BNC connector., 1 x micro BNC analog video reference input with micro BNC loop-back.

io_bnc_18+2 IO rear-plate

  • 18x 12G* /6G* /3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs via micro BNC connector, 2x 12G* /6G* /3G/HD/SD-SDI outputs via micro BNC connector, 1 x micro BNC analog video reference input with micro BNC loop-back.

io_bnc_2+18 IO rear-plate

  • 2x 12G* /6G* /3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs via micro BNC connector, 18x 12G* /6G* /3G/HD/SD-SDI outputs via micro BNC connector, 1 x micro BNC analog video reference input with micro BNC loop-back.

RETURN LOSS

  • SD: > 15dB; HD: > 15dB; 3G-HD: >15dB 5MHZ-1.485GHz, >10dB 1.485GHz-2.97GHz

CABLE LENGTH:

  • SD: >350m (using Belden1694A), HD: >180m (using Belden 1694A), 3G-HD: >120m (using Belden1694A)

*12G and 6G available only on half of the connectors

VIRTUAL MODULES

 

vm_streaming

VIDEO STANDARDS
2.97Gbps Video Standards (1080p)
1080p 60Hz SMPTE-424M, 425M Level A & Level B
1080p 59.94Hz SMPTE-424M, 425M Level A & Level B
1080p 50Hz SMPTE-424M, 425M Level A & Level B
1.485Gbps Video Standards (HD)
1080i 60Hz SMPTE-274M(4),-292M(D)
1080i 59.94Hz SMPTE-274M(5),-292M(E)
1080i 50Hz SMPTE-274M(6),-292M(F)
1080p 30/29.97/25/24/23.976sf
1080p 30Hz SMPTE-274M(7)-292M(G)
1080p 29.97Hz SMPTE-274M(8)-292M(H)
1080p 25Hz SMPTE-274M(9)-292M(I)
1080p 24Hz SMPTE-274M(10)-292M(J)
1080p 23.976Hz SMPTE-274M(11)-292M(K)
720p 60Hz SMPTE-296M(1),-292M(L)
720p 59.94Hz SMPTE-296M(2),-292M(M)
720p 50Hz SMPTE-296M(2),-292M(M)
270Mbps Video Standards (SD)
576i 16:9 and 4:3 SMPTE-259M(C)
480i 16:9 and 4:3 SMPTE-259M(C)

COLOR SPACE:
REC 601, REC 709, REC 2020

VIDEO RESOLUTION:
10 bit 4:2:2, 12 bit / 4:4:4:4*

*future release

VIDEO ENCAPSULATION:
Raw/Uncompressed 3G- SDI 10 BIT 4:2:2 encapsulation and de-encapsulation instances using SMPTE2022-6, Latency < 1 line

IP/ETHERNET PROTOCOLS:
IPv4/IPv6, IEEE1588 PTPv2 (ordinary clock), IGMP v2&v3/MLD, Tagged VLAN support (4096?), Multicast and unicast

AUDIO STANDARDS:
SDI embedded Audio via Micro BNC connector (optional rearplate), SMPTE 299/48

AUDIO RESOLUTION:
24 bit, 48kHz / 24 bit, 96kHz*

*future release

VIDEO/AUDIO OUTPUT SYNCHRONIZATION:
Genlocked to external clock reference, genlocked to IP PTP master clock based reference or SDI/IP input, 20 x Autophaser
instances @3G-SDI??

SEAMLESS PROTECTION SWITCHING (HITLESS MERGE):
Compliant with SMPTE2022-7

THUMBNAILS AND PPM MONITORING:
Input/output streaming JPEG thumbnails and PPM data

TIMING MONITOR:
Simultaneous timing overview of 12(18) signals, shows offset in pixel / μsec

FRAME ACCURATE SWITCHING:
Source-timed frame accurate switching with 2022-6, Destination timed frame accurate switching make before break,
Destination timed frame accurate switching break before make with freeze frame(s)


vm_streaming+smpte2110

In addition to the specifications of the vm_streaming virtual module the +smpte2110 option provides:

VIDEO STANDARDS:
12 Gbps Video Standards (4k)
2160p 23.976;24;25;29.97;50;59.94;60Hz SMPTE ST-2081,2082

VIDEO ENCAPSULATION:
Raw/Uncompressed 10 BIT 4:2:2 encapsulation and deencapsulation using SMPTE2110-20**

**basic reference video: 3G-Level A; basic reference audio: 48 kHz sample rate; 2110 final in line with draft from Jan’17

AUDIO STANDARDS:
RAVENNA/AES67, SMPTE2110-30**

**basic reference video: 3G-Level A; basic reference audio: 48 kHz sample rate; 2110 final in line with draft from Jan’17

AUDIO ENCAPSULATION:
AES67/RAVENNA/SMPTE2110-30* audio streams (encoding/decoding L16, L24, AM824), payload: max 80 mono channels per stream, Latency synchronous operation < 2msec

* future release, 2110 final in line with draft from Jan. '17

AV-SYNC (AUDIO/VIDEO):
In synchronous operation and SRC disabled < 2msec

AUDIO DE-EMBEDDING:
Up to 16(32) channels from each SDI input

FPGA AUDIO DSP:
SRCs, 512 channels @ 10 sec delay, level adjustments, x-fade, Dolby® E alignment, loudness monitoring.

FRAME ACCURATE SWITCHING:
Source-timed frame accurate switching with SMPTE 2022-6 and 2110-20

 

vm_streaming+proc_cc option

In addition to the specifications of the vm_streaming virtual module the +proc_cc option provides:


METADATA:
ATC (LTC. VITC1, VITC2) SMPTE12M-2, Binary group data SMPTE309, AFD SMPTE2016, Audio Meta Data SMPTE2020,
Closed-Caption SMPTE334, VBI data services /DTV descr. SMPTE334, Source-ID OBS-special, User App Id DID C1/
C4 (Sony HDC cam), DVB/SCTE VBI dta SMPTE2031, ANSI/SCTE104 SMPTE2010, OP47 OP47

RGB & YUV COLOR CORRECTION:
8 x pooled @ 3G-SDI (i.e. a 12G UHD signal uses 4 instances)

TEST PATTERN GENERATOR/INSERTER:
100% color bar / V-line AV sync pattern, TC, time of day, date, source name, free text insertion

TIMECODE GENERATOR/INSERTER:
Free run, SDI, NTP/PTP

TEST TONE GENERATOR:
1kHz/400kHz (-18dB or -20dB)

FPGA AUDIO DSP:
SRCs, 512 channels @ 10 sec delay, level adjustments, x-fade, Dolby® E alignment, loudness monitoring.

 

vm_streaming+vc2 option

In addition to the specifications of the vm_streaming virtual module the +vc2 option provides:


VC-2 (DIRACPRO) ENCODING AND DECODING:
20 x pooled instances of encode OR decode @ 3G-SDI (i.e. a 12G UHD signal uses 4 instances), Video encoding ratio: typ
2.5:1 (4:1 in non VC-2 operational mode), Latency: < 20 lines

 

vm_streaming+fs option

In addition to the specifications of the vm_streaming virtual module the +fs option provides:

FRAME SYNC, FRAME PHASER:
20 x pooled @ 3G-SDI (i.e. a 12G UHD signal uses 4 instances)

VARIABLE DELAY:
Maximum 10 frames per channel in steps of 1 frame @ 3G-SDI

FPGA AUDIO DSP:
SRCs, 512 channels @ 10 sec delay, level adjustments, x-fade, Dolby® E-alignment, loudness monitoring

vm_mv24-4

INPUTS:
Pool of 24 inputs @ 1.5G HD-SDI IP or baseband. Max processing capacity 36 Gbps.

OUTPUTS:
Up to 4 outputs @ max. 12G UHD

VIDEO STANDARDS:
IP Video:
Raw/Uncompressed 10 BIT 4:2:2 encapsulation and deencapsulation using SMPTE2022-6 or 2110-20*
2.97Gbps Video Standards (1080p)
1080p 60Hz SMPTE-424M, 425M Level A & Level B
1080p 59.94Hz SMPTE-424M, 425M Level A & Level B
1080p 50Hz SMPTE-424M, 425M Level A & Level B
1.485Gbps Video Standards (HD)
1080i 60Hz SMPTE-274M(4),-292M(D)
1080i 59.94Hz SMPTE-274M(5),-292M(E)
1080i 50Hz SMPTE-274M(6),-292M(F)
1080p 30/29.97/25/24/23.976sf
1080p 30Hz SMPTE-274M(7)-292M(G)
1080p 29.97Hz SMPTE-274M(8)-292M(H)
1080p 25Hz SMPTE-274M(9)-292M(I)
1080p 24Hz SMPTE-274M(10)-292M(J)
1080p 23.976Hz SMPTE-274M(11)-292M(K)
720p 60Hz SMPTE-296M(1),-292M(L)
720p 59.94Hz SMPTE-296M(2),-292M(M)
720p 50Hz SMPTE-296M(2),-292M(M)
270Mbps Video Standards (SD)
576i 16:9 and 4:3 SMPTE-259M(C)
480i 16:9 and 4:3 SMPTE-259M(C)

COLOR SPACE:
REC 601, REC 709, REC 2020

VIDEO RESOLUTION:
10 bit 4:2:2, 12 bit / 4:4:4:4**

AUDIO STANDARDS:
Max 80 RX instances of RAVENNA/AES67, SMPTE2110-30*

AUDIO DE-EMBEDDING:
Up to 16(32) channels from each SDI input

SEAMLESS PROTECTION SWITCHING (HITLESS MERGE):
Compliant with SMPTE2022-7

THUMBNAILS AND PPM MONITORING:
Input/output streaming JPEG thumbnails and PPM data

 

vm_mv24-4+vc2 option

In addition to the specifications of the vm_mv24-4 virtual module the +vc2 option provides:

VC-2 (DIRACPRO) ENCODING AND DECODING:
28 x pooled instances of encode OR decode @ 3G-SDI (i.e. a 12G UHD signal uses 4 instances); Video encoding ratio: typ
2.5:1 (4:1 in non VC-2 operational mode); Latency: < 20 lines

 

vm_mv16-4

INPUTS:
Pool of 16 inputs @ 1.5G HD-SDI IP or baseband. Max processing capacity 24 Gbps.

OUTPUTS:
Up to 4 outputs @ max. 12G UHD


For all other data please refer to vm_mv24-4

 

vm_mv16+vc2 option

In addition to the specifications of the vm_mv16-4 virtual module the +vc2 option provides:

VC-2 (DIRACPRO) ENCODING AND DECODING:
20 x pooled instances of encode OR decode @ 3G-SDI (i.e. a 12G UHD signal uses 4 instances); Video encoding ratio: typ 2.5:1 (4:1 in non VC-2 operational mode); Latency: < 20 lines

Subject to change without prior notice, no responsibility is taken for the correctness of the details provided.

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Erling Hedkvist, SVP Americas, explains V__matrix.