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Worldwide Premiere for NEXUS Fiber and IP Interface - XFIP

Cooperation between DirectOut and STAGETEC

Berlin, April 2018: STAGETEC, the Berlin-based manufacturer of professional audio technology, presented the latest plug-in card for the NEXUS network - NEXUS Fiber and IP Interface (XFIP) at NAB and prolight+sound. In terms of IP connections, the XFIP is the counterpart to the RIF67 (Router Interface AES67). The board is used in NEXUS Base Devices and is another result of the cooperation between DirectOut and STAGETEC.

DirectOut's AES67.IO module, which has a full-fledged AES67 implementation, was also used for the XFIP. It supports the approach of vendor-independent audio networking via an audio-over-IP connection.

"We want to offer the NEXUS Fiber and IP interface to our customers when they need small, low-cost audio networks without a NEXUS STAR router. Also, if customers have a STAR router but there is no space for additional plug-in cards, they can switch to the XFIP," explains Alexander Nemes, Head of Sales at STAGETEC. And he adds "the XFIP also follows the recommendations of the standards-based AIMS roadmap with the SMPTE ST 2110 target."

On the NEXUS side, the single XFIP supports a maximum of 256 channels in and 256 channels out. It is equipped with an AES67.IO module. This module can handle a maximum of 256 channels in a maximum of 32 streams on the AoIP side. The XFIP supports redundant audio transmissions according to SMPTE 2022-7 "Seamless Protection Switching" and offers a RAVENNA implementation. In addition to the AES67.IO module, the XFIP is also equipped with two SFP ports for later applications.

The XFIP's AES67 interface is configured via a web interface, and status monitoring is performed via NEXUS. The XFIP is plug-and-play capable, it is automatically recognized by the network when connected to it and configured for use. Like all STAGETEC products, the XFIP is backward compatible and can also be used in old NEXUS systems.

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 setup 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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