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Artel Quarra PTP Ethernet switches bring reliable timing accuracy to the pro audio market

Quarra PTP Ethernet Switches Bring Reliable Timing Accuracy to the Pro Audio Market

Artel Video Systems, a world-class provider of innovative real-time multimedia delivery solutions, announced that it has extended its suite of Quarra PTP Ethernet Solutions to the professional audio market — a market that eventually must migrate to IP-based workflows just as other media markets are doing. For early adopters of audio over IP in pro audio, Quarra switches have increased ease of use, flexibility, reliability, and timing accuracy while booting up more quickly. These benefits make Quarra an essential part of the workflow as the trend reaches mainstream levels and as solutions grow more reliant on media-over-IP standards.

“We want to aid in the adoption of audio over IP, so we are aiming to create more awareness and comfort with the technology — especially within the individual contributor space. This market will soon encounter a need to embrace the technology, and we believe Quarra has an edge over the competition due to its ease of use and fast boot times.”

Rafael Fonseca | Vice President, Product Management, Artel Video Systems

As workflows in pro audio and visual (AV) environments continue to move toward IP, the only available components in the future will be IP-native. By providing managed Internet Protocol (IP) Switches that are Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) aware, Artel’s Quarra range help users to start adopting good practices as it relates to IT infrastructure in support of audio-over-IP workflows.

Quarra PTP Ethernet Switches

  • PTP boundary
    Segmentation of a broadcast network is vital. With the Quarra, negotiating traffic is kept under control.

  • Ethernet
    Artel's Quarra range support 100 Mb/s connections, allowing a number of small edge devices to move large amounts of data with accurate PTP synchronisation.
  • Solid IGMP
    Supporting all versions of IGMP allows seamless joins of senders and receivers.

  • Fewer cables, faster recovery time
    Quarra's range of PTP Ethernet Switches comprises a 10-port version giving you more freedom with fewer cables and faster recovery time with the integration of audio and video in the time and phase domain.

Artel Quarra User Scenarios

So far, user cases for Quarra have fallen under the early adoption category, where the technology is being used primarily to solve timing and synchronisation problems in pro audio kits. For example, recording engineer and founder of FiLO Classical, Dave Rowel uses Quarra PTP-aware switches to stabilise traffic clocking and reduce drift to around 15 to 45 nanoseconds, which is within the range of his RAVENNA-based real-time audio-over-IP system. Overall, Quarra helps him manage several bidirectional connections over varying distances and cable lengths, especially at gigs with 60-plus channels running at a typical speed of 192kHz.

Artel Quarra PTP Ethernet Switch Product Range

The Quarra line of PTP IP solutions compliments Artel Video System’s media delivery portfolio offering end users an excellent solution set for delivering real-time media IP network.  As the broadcast industry continues to migrate toward all-IP networks, providing reliable solutions to manage IP-based workflows become paramount to maintaining efficiencies and ensuring the delivery of mission-critical multimedia streams.

The Quarra PTP Ethernet Switches provide leading-edge precision timing protocol switch technologies and have become de-facto standards for the AES67/ SMPTE ST-2059-2 (IEEE1588) audio market interoperates with solutions meeting the proposed SMPTE 2110 video standards.

Quarra 10 Gbps PTP Rackmount Ethernet Switch and Dual Power Supply  390-100001-00Quarra 10 Gbps PTP Rackmount Ethernet Switch and Dual Power Supply  390-100001-00

Quarra 10 Gbps PTP Rackmount Ethernet Switch and Dual Power Supply


Experts In IP Production Environments

As a leading specialist in time and frequency synchronisation solutions, APC has over 15 years of experience specifying and supplying scalable, built-to-order systems for use in the professional broadcast industry. Our expertise in IEEE 1588 PTP and IP-based production environments ensures that transitioning from legacy SDI systems can be achieved smoothly and efficiently, with future-proof technologies for networks today and tomorrow.


To discuss Artel's Quarra range, contact a member of our
team on 01522 596 570 or email [email protected]

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Artel Video Systems is a leading global provider of broadcast-quality media transport solutions for direct fibre, IP, and managed optical networks. Artel has been a pioneer in the industry, garnering many prestigious awards along the way.

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