30 SPECIAL REPORT: AV OVER IP
Matrox’s Chiappini on the AVoIP boom
To round off this special report, Paddy Baker speaks to David Chiappini, research and development VP at Matrox Graphics, about the technologies, demand drivers and issues around the transition to AV over IP How long have you personally been involved in AV over IP technology? I’ve been at Matrox since 1994 – I’m pretty much part of the furniture – and I started working on AVoIP in 2008. Matrox has been involved in all forms of uncompressed, lightly compressed and high-efficiency video compression from the very start, but 2008 was really our big launch. How mature do you feel AVoIP technology is currently? The technology on which it’s based is probably considered ancient by technology standards. The technologies for streaming, like H.264 for example, have been around for more than 10 years; AEC encoding has been around for many years; streaming protocols, for the most part, have been around for much longer than that. The technology itself is very mature. It’s not a technology maturity issue: if there’s anything that’s slowing things down, it’s the knowledge gap, and the learning curve for the
industry to catch up. There’s also a substantial technology gap between different products on the market. That’s why it’s really important to pick the right partner who really knows what they’re doing. How do you see the growth in demand for AV-over-IP solutions? Has it been slow and steady growth, or has it suddenly taken off in recent years/months? I would say growth has been progressively steady. We haven’t seen it hockey-sticking, but at a good rate year over year. That’s probably the best way to describe it. What do you see as the main drivers behind that increase in demand? I think it’s being driven by people wanting to work differently. With compressed video and IP, there’s a lot more ﬂexibility. IP can reach any number of instances, whether they’re mobile, distributed via the cloud, internet, worldwide.
A brief biography David Chiappini is the vice president of research and development at Matrox Graphics A Matrox employee since 1994, Chiappini oversees all aspects of engineering, product management and technical support. Through this role, he has a decade of experience working directly with the conception, design and optimisation of AV-over-IP products He holds a BEng from Concordia University, Montréal Today, with just a few very simple solutions, we’re able to handle a lot of the different things people want to do. If I want to consume data on a screen, on a tablet, on a phone; if I want to record it for later use, or I want to distribute it to 10,000 people who are in different countries – there’s no limitation to what you can do. All those things