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IBC: Launch of NEXUS RIF67 - Router Interface AES67

Cooperation between DirectOut and STAGETEC



Amsterdam, September 2017: STAGETEC, the Berlin-based manufacturer of digital audio technology, presented the latest plug-in board for the NEXUS audio routing system at IBC: the Router InterFace AES67 (RIF67).


The plug-in board for the NEXUS STAR is the first result of the cooperation with DirectOut Technologies. The cooperation between the German ProAudio specialist and STAGETEC had only been agreed upon at prolight+sound in April.


DirectOut's AES67.IO module features a full-featured AES67 implementation and supports the approach of vendor-independent audio and control networking. It enables the creation of high-performance audio networks via audio-over-IP connectivity.


"I am pleased that we can already show a result of our cooperation with DirectOut," explains Dr. Helmut Jahne, Managing Director of STAGETEC. "With the development of the RIF67 router card, STAGETEC follows the recommendations of the standards-based AIMS roadmap with the target SMPTE ST 2110."

The single RIF67 supports a maximum of 256 channels in and 256 channels out on the NEXUS side. It can be equipped with 1 to 4 AES67.IO modules. For each equipped module, a maximum of 256 channels can be processed on the AoIP side in a maximum of 32 streams. The modules of one board can be used in independent, physically separated IP networks. Redundant audio transmission according to SMPTE 2022-7 is also planned.


Configuration of the RIF67 is done via a web interface, status monitoring via NEXUS. The RIF67 is plug-and-play capable, which means that when it is connected to the network, it is automatically recognized by the network and configured for use. Like all STAGETEC products, the RIF67 is backward compatible and can also be used in old NEXUS systems.


The first use of the RIF67 will be in the new, fully IP-based UHD-1 OB truck of the Swiss broadcaster and TV service provider tpc.

The RIF67 cards will be delivered from spring 2018.

STAGETEC has been offering IP-based technology since 2012 with the NEXUS Dante board XDIP. Developed by the Australian manufacturer Audinate, the Dante system enables the creation of high-performance audio and media networks on an existing standard Ethernet infrastructure using TCP/IP. The XDIP supports up to 64 bidirectional audio channels and is also AES67 compatible.

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