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BlueRiver Applications

Semtech's award-winning BlueRiver platform enables Pro AV equipment manufacturers to create complete SDVoE™-compatible product lines. It is the only technology that can combine all the capabilities needed for an AV distribution or processing application environment onto a single chip with a software defined Application Programming Interface (API). The BlueRiver platform delivers a single programmable system on a chip (SoC), which can be used to replace traditional AV/KVM extenders, matrix switchers, videowall controllers and windowing processors with a simple network of transmitters, receivers and off-the-shelf Ethernet switches. 

Professional AV Applications

Advancements in ultra- and high-definition display technologies is changing the way Pro AV equipment is being used to communicate, broadcast, interact, collaborate, and advertise in commercial environments. BlueRiver is the world’s only AV processing platform for both AV matrix switching and AV-over-IP applications.

Matrix Switch Replacement

SDVoE network architectures are based on off-the-shelf Ethernet switches, providing substantial cost savings and greater system flexibility and scalability over traditional point-to-point extension and circuit-switched based AV matrix switching. Watch a demonstration video on the SDVoE Alliance® website.

KVM Switches

BlueRiver-powered SDVoE products offer full support for USB 2.0 at the full 480Mbps bandwidth. Sophisticated KVM applications can be deployed to workstations using keyboard and mouse, touchscreens, security card readers, and more. With 10 gigabits per second of network bandwidth, any USB application is easily supported.


Traditional multiview processors require an expensive, specialized central video processor with very high bandwidth to receive and scale multiple feeds. BlueRiver allows distributed processing to be spread out across multiple endpoints, so no one device needs to have the full capabilities of costly video processors. The scalability makes it easy to build a custom multiviewer with exactly the right number of inputs and outputs.

Video Walls

BlueRiver’s advanced processing engines are capable of powerful image manipulations such as scaling, cropping and stretching. These can be used to create video walls of arbitrary size and shape. An added benefit is that SDVoE-enabled receivers are designed to keep all wall outputs perfectly synchronized. The results are easy-to-implement and fully integrated video walls with no extra cost.

BlueRiver Benefits

BlueRiver is game-changer for Pro AV and has been deployed in a wide range of vertical markets, providing new ways to distribute high resolution audio and visual signals. SDVoE technology has overcome the limitations of previous attempts to deliver pixel-perfect, zero-latency AV-over-IP and delivers measurable benefits for end users.

Cost Savings
Ethernet switches cost up to 90% less per port than custom AV switches
Increased I/O Flexibility
Ethernet ports are fully bi-directional; each port may be an AV input or output
Built-in Scalability and Future-proofing
Easy capacity expansion via high bandwidth up-links, no more replacing systems when I/O count exceeded
Unmatched I/O Density
Ethernet switches deliver 48 ports or more per 1U of rack space. Custom AV switches consume four times as much space
Shared Infrastructure
SDVoE technology allows a full gigabit channel to be reserved for data traffic ensuring no bottlenecks
LoRa High Capacity
Widely Available Control Software
Decades of pre-existing R&D for LAN monitoring and control can be leveraged for AV switching