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ISE 2014, 4 – 6 February, Amsterdam, Stand No. 10-K137  


AptoVision announces BlueRiver™ NT, a game changing technology for uncompressed AV signal distribution 


Chipset cuts cost of AV matrix switching equipment by 60% while eliminating associated R&D costs and reducing time-to-market and inventory risk 


Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada – 6 January 2014 – AptoVision, a Montreal-based technology company, is launching its new BlueRiver™ NT chipset at ISE 2014, Amsterdam. The new chipset is the world’s first and only mainstream chipset to enable the transmission and switching of real-time, uncompressed Ultra-HD AV signals with zero-frame latency over off-the-shelf (OTS) Ethernet switches. Replacing custom AV Matrix switches with standard Ethernet switches cuts the cost of AV matrix switching equipment by 60% while also eliminating the associated R&D cost, procurement complexities and inventory risk. 


Integrated into source-side AV transmitters and display-side AV receivers, the BlueRiver™ NT chipset transmits uncompressed Ultra-HD (4K) HDMI-video, 32 channels of audio, USB 2.0(i) and useful control signals over fibre or copper cabling using a packet-based architecture allowing the signals to be switched through standard OTS 10G Ethernet switches. Proprietary technology to handle arbitration, source clock recovery, bandwidth management and network configuration ensures real-time, pixel for pixel, zero-frame latency transmission.  


“The high time-to-market, cost and risk associated with developing, certifying, manufacturing, testing and stocking multiple configurations of custom AV Matrix switches prevents many AV equipment manufacturers from competing effectively in the market for AV signal distribution equipment,” said Kamran Ahmed, CEO and co-founder of AptoVision. “By leveraging the large variety and numerous available configurations of OTS Ethernet switches, our BlueRiver NT uniquely enables such AV equipment manufacturers to deliver a complete AV signal distribution platform without the R&D effort or procurement and inventory risk associated with custom AV Matrix switches.”  


AV signal distribution systems based on AptoVision’s BlueRiver NT platform offers numerous other benefits, including: 


* Unmatched I/O density: OTS Ethernet switches deliver a 96-port switch in a 2U chassis, 60% smaller than equivalent custom AV switches. 

* Unprecedented cost savings: OTS Ethernet switches are 60% less costly than equivalent custom AV switches. 

* Increased flexibility. Providing a standard LAN backbone, other networking gear can be used on the same AV network. 

* Built-in scalability and future-proofing: Adding I/Os beyond the maximum density of the installed configuration is as easy as connecting another switch using the high bandwidth up-links instead of replacing the entire switch as in the case of custom AV switches 

* Embedded local management: BlueRiver Smart-setup auto-configures every BlueRiver device even in the most complex networked systems. 

* Widely available control software. Decades of pre-existing R&D for LAN monitoring and control can be leveraged for AV switching without the need to develop custom control software. 


The BlueRiver NT technology will be on show at AptoVision’s booth (#10-K137) during the ISE tradeshow. Requests for a meeting or a guided demo can be sent to




About AptoVision Technology 

BlueRiver Engine: AptoVision’s proprietary AV signal distribution and processing engine implemented on off-the-shelf FPGA technology for cost effective and scalable transmission and switching of AV signals. 

Adaptive Clock Resynchronization (ACR) Technology: Unique technology that allows synchronous, zero-frame latency transmission of video over low-cost, off-the-shelf networking equipment. 


BlueRiver Channel Coder: A highly efficient channel coder that combines and streams multiple signal types onto a single bandwidth-optimised transmission channel. 


About AptoVision 

A Montreal-based company, AptoVision is redefining the AV signal processing and distribution platform through its BlueRiver™ technology and FPGA-based chipsets. Integrating unique IP, the BlueRiver™ platform delivers 50% to 80% reduction in system costs and up to 10x performance gains over comparable solutions. The platform also enables the only products in the world which scale with current and evolving AV signal distribution requirements for ultra-high definition and ultra-high bandwidth video, multi-format support, multi-video transmission, and advanced pixel processing.


AptoVision, BlueRiver are trademarks of AptoVision. All other products and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.  (i) requires 3rd party USB chipset. 


Contact:  Kamran Ahmed, AptoVision, Tel: +1 514 908 9768, Email:  


PR Contact:  

Beky Cann 

Neesham PR 

Tel: +44 (0)1296 628180 


Photo caption:  BlueRiver NT cuts the cost of AV matrix switching equipment by 60% 






Kerry Marsh
Neesham Public Relations 
Tel: +44 1296 628180


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