Software-defined IP-Routing & Processing Platform.

Flexible - forceful - future-proof

Some call it cloud, some call it virtualization – we call it: V__matrix. This new IP broadcast video core infrastructure will
turn the ideas of live broadcast systems from conventional to future, transforming any broadcast installation into a flexible,
future-proof production facility, addressing a wide range of workflows and supporting your transition to a total IP-based

V__matrix is the first of its kind. Free from the restrictions of legacy hardware platforms it offers a completely virtualized
real-time routing and processing infrastructure. Instead of connecting single purpose modular products in elaborate
production chains the V__matrix is based on data center principles of flexibility, fabric computing and COTS economics
and makes these available to any live production broadcast environment. Whether an OB truck, a TV studio or a broadcast
operation center, V__matrix creates a fully virtualized core infrasturcture.

The V__matrix ecosystem is based on generic high capacity core processing blades upon which Virtual Modules are loaded to create the functionality required. Multiple cores are connected to a high-capacity COTS switch with redundant 10GE and 40GE connections to form a distributed IP routing and processing matrix with frame-accurate, clean switching just like a legacy baseband matrix.

The V__matrix ecosystem scales linearly from tens to thousands of I/O and processing functions which make it ideal for any size live broadcast facility, small or large. Capabilities can easily scale as well. An entire production workflow can be remapped in minutes when requirements change from production to production. The functionality of any core processing blade can be exchanged, enabling system capabilities to easily be modified or upgraded to address your constantly changing business requirements. The V__matrix pool of generic core processing blades provides ultimate flexibility; with software-defined functionality they can be configured and called upon to handle the peaks and troughs of seasonal production demands.

With Lawo’s innovative licensing model, Virtual Modules can be assigned to a particular core processing blade or be stored in an on-site license server allowing for unprecedented flexibility.

V_matrix Key Features

  • World’s 1st virtualized broadcast ecosystem with softwaredefined functionality based on high-capacity generic
    compute blades
  • Unified routing and processing core infrastructure
  • Source-timed and destination-timed frame-accurate clean switching with COTS switches using software-defined
    networking (SDN)
  • Distributed processing over multiple networked processing blades
  • Seamless SDI to IP migration utilizing one unified control system (VSM)
  • High-density IP conversion for legacy SDI equipment (up to 160 I/O in 3RU)
  • Optimum utilization of resources: Significantly reduced footprint, power consumption, spare pooling and cabling
  • Sophisticated multi-layer redundancy for signal, network, control and hardware layers
  • Designed for both decentralized operation and data center style centralized operation
  • Fully based on open standards in-line with the AIMS roadmap: SMPTE 2022-6/-7, VSF TR-03/04, AES67 plus SMPTE VC-2 and Ember+


Video Interfaces

V__matrix_IO_10+10 interface card
10x 12G*/6G*/3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs via micro BNC connector, 10x 12G"/6G"/3G/HD/SD-SDI outputs via micro BNC connector
V__matrix_IO_18+2 interface card
18x 12G*/6G*/3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs via micro BNC connector, 2x 12G*/6G*/3G/HD/SD-SDI outputs via micro BNC connector
V__matrix_IO_2+18 interface card
2x 12G*/6G*/3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs via micro BNC connector, 18x 12G*/6G*/3G/HD/SD-SDI outputs via micro BNC connector

PTP / SDI / Analog Video Ref (Tri-Level, BB)

12 Gbps Video Standards (4k)
2160p 23.976;24;25;29.97;50;59.94;60Hz SMPTE ST-2081,2082
2.97Gbps Video Standards (1080p)
1080p 60Hz SMPTE-424M, 425M Level A & Level B
1080p 59.94Hz SMPTE-424M, 425M Level A & Level B
1080p 50Hz SMPTE-424M, 425M Level A & Level B
1.485Gbps Video Standards (HD)
1080i 60Hz SMPTE-274M(4),-292M(D)
1080i 59.94Hz SMPTE-274M(5),-292M(E)
1080i 50Hz SMPTE-274M(6),-292M(F)
1080p 30/29.97/25/24/23.976sf
1080p 30Hz SMPTE-274M(7)-292M(G)
1080p 29.97Hz SMPTE-274M(8)-292M(H)
1080p 25Hz SMPTE-274M(9)-292M(I)
1080p 24Hz SMPTE-274M(10)-292M(J)
1080p 23.976Hz SMPTE-274M(11)-292M(K)
720p 60Hz SMPTE-296M(1),-292M(L)
720p 59.94Hz SMPTE-296M(2),-292M(M)
720p 50Hz SMPTE-296M(2),-292M(M)
270Mbps Video Standards (SD)
576i 16:9 and 4:3 SMPTE-259M(C)
480i 16:9 and 4:3 SMPTE-259M(C)

COLOR SPACE: REC 601, REC 709, REC 2020

VIDEO REFERENCE: Analog Genlock High definition trilevel sync SMPTE-274M/296M or Analog Genlock SD 1V

BB SMPTE-170M/318M or SDI, IP-VidStream, IEEE1588 PTPv2+VidRef (RV or SMPTE2059**)

RETURN LOSS: SD: > 15dB; HD: > 15dB; 3G-HD: >15dB 5MHZ-1.485GHz, >10dB 1.485GHz-2.97GHz ; 12G/6G-HD:


CABLE LENGTH: SD: >350m (using Belden1694A), HD: >180m (using Belden 1694A), 3G-HD: >120m (using Belden1694A), 12G/6G-HD: tbd



*12G and 6G available only on half of the connectors

** future release

Audio Interfaces

  • AUDIO SIGNAL INPUT/OUTPUT: SDI embedded Audio via Micro BNC connector


Transparent vs. Blanking + Insert, ATC (LTC. VITC1, VITC2) SMPTE12M-2, Binary group data SMPTE309, AFD

SMPTE2016, Audio Meta Data SMPTE2020, Closed-Caption

SMPTE334, VBI data services /DTV descr. SMPTE334, Source-ID OBS-special, User App Id DID C1/C4 (Sony HDC cam), DVB/SCTE VBI dta SMPTE2031, ANSI/SCTE104

SMPTE2010, OP47 OP47 (more on request)


IP Interfaces

  • Gigabit Ethernet: 4x RJ45 100/1000Base-T, 2x POE, 2+2 redundant operation selectable*
  • 10G Ethernet: 2x SFP+, redundant operation selectable*
  • Protocols: IPv4/UDP/TCP/RTP/RTCP, ARP, RSTP, LLD P, IGMPv2, DiffservTOS, IEEE1588 PTPv2 (transparent clock)
  • Switching capacity: max. 40Gbps, video & audio content streaming max. 10Gbps

*future software release


  • VIDEO RESOLUTION: 10 bit 4:2:2, 12 bit / 4:4:4:4**
  • AUDIO RESOLUTION: 24 bit, 48kHz / 24 bit, 96kHz
  • VIDEO ENCAPSULATION (10 BIT 4:2:2): Raw/Uncompressed encoding and decoding (SMPTE2022-6 vs. RV vs. TR03/04)
  • SEAMLESS PROTECTION SWITCHING (Hitless Merge)**:compliant with SMPTE2022
  • RAW ENCODING & DECODING: Up to 18x SDI to IP conversions per core and up to 18x IP to SDI conversions per core (maximum 20 conversions in total); latency < 1 line
  • THUMBNAILING & PPM: input/output JPEG thumbnails and PPM data
  • AUDIO ENCAPSULATION: AES67/RAVENNA audio streams (encoding/decoding L16, L24, AM824); Encoding bitrates stream dependent; Latency synchronous operation < 2msec
  • AV-SYNC (AUDIO/VIDEO): in non-transparent synchronous operation, SRC disabled < 2msec
  • VIDEO/AUDIO OUTPUT SYNCHRONIZATION: Genlocked to external clock reference, genlocked to IP PTP master clock based reference or SDI/IP input
  • VIDEO LATENCY: Processing < 100 pixels;RAW decoding < 300usec

Management and Monitoring

  • PROTOCOLS: HTTP, SNMPv1, Ember+, Syslog
  • USER INTERFACES: Embedded HTML5 user interface
  • MANAGEMENT PORTS: dedicated Mgt. Port per Module (Outband vs. Inband management) plus dedicated Mgt. Port per Frame

Video Features

  • VARIABLE DELAY: Maximum 40 frames per channel in steps of 1 frame
  • FRAME SYNC: per input
  • FRAME PHASER: per output
  • AUTO PHASER: per output, 2 line phaser window
  • 3G CONVERSION: A-->B-DL, B-DL-->A, A or B-DL --> 1080i; per output
  • FRAMESTORE: n frames
  • TEST PATTERN GENERATOR/INSERTER: 100% color bar / V-line AV sync pattern, TC/time of day/date/source name/textinsertion
  • TIMING MONITOR: simultaneous timing overview of 12(18)signals, shows offset in pixel / μsec

Audio Features

  • DE-EMBEDDING: Up to 16(32) channels from each SDI input
  • SELECTIVE EMBEDDING: of up to 16(32) channels selectable from any de-embedded channel
  • TEST TONE GENERATOR: 1kHz/400kHz (-18dB or -20dB)
  • AUDIO DSP: SRCs, delay in steps of samples (up to 1.6s), level adjustment, cross-fade, V-fade, Dolby® E alignment

Production Features

VIDEO SWITCHING: source-timed frame accurate switching with 2022-6


  • CONNECTOR: 2x IEC redundant
  • INPUT VOLTAGE: nominal 100 .. 240V VAC 50/60 Hz (auto sensing power supply, hot swappable)

    V__matrix 2 < 400W

    V__matrix 5 < 1,000W

    V__matrix 8 < 1,000W


  • OPERATING TEMPERATURE: 0° C to +40° C (+32° F to + 104° F), ext. range possible
  • STORAGE TEMPERATURE: -20° C to +70° C (-4° F to +158° F)
  • RELATIVE HUMIDITY: < 90% non-condensing
  • VENTILATION / AIR-FLOW: front to back cooling

Frame Mechanics


44 / 88 / 132 mm (1 / 2 / 3 RU) x 481 mm (19“) x 458 mm (18“)


V__matrix 2 7.9 kg (17.4 lb.)

V__matrix 5 14.9 kg (32.8 lb.)

V__matrix 8 21.8 kg (61.3 lb.)

Subject to change without prior notice, no responsibility is taken for the correctness of the details provided.

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Erling Hedkvist, SVP Americas, explains V__matrix.