AVB Certification

Q&A: “What You Need to Know about AVnu Alliance’s AVB Certification Program”


The goal of the AVnu Alliance certification program is to ensure that, once certified, AVB (audio video bridging) products from different manufacturers can interconnect seamlessly. So what does it take for a product to be AVnu-certified?

Find out more from the Systems Contractor News Q&A with Bob Noseworthy, chief engineer at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL), the test house commissioned by the AVnu Alliance. He explains the rigorous conformance and interoperability testing required before a product can bear the AVnu certification logo; the AVnu certification procedures; and the ultimate value that the program provides to end users.

Joined by more than 50 member companies such as Intel, Dolby, Harman, Marvell, and Meyer Sound, the AVnu Alliance recently announced the opening of its Audio Video Bridging (AVB) certification testing for AVB switches.

Read more in this interview with John McMahon, Meyer Sound’s executive director, digital products: “Why Meyer Sound Likes AVB.”

Q: In a nutshell, what is AVB?

McMahon: AVB is a set of non-proprietary networking standards developed by an IEEE committee as an extension of Ethernet, which has become the gold standard of digital networking. AVB is a superior method for transmitting audio and video streams with great flexibility, reliability, and low latency. It provides advantages that meet the rigorous application requirements on the pro AV side, and these improvements translate nicely to benefit consumer electronics as well.



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