to 1) RME announces new products when the time is right, but not earlier for market strategic reasons.
If there are new products, then you can find information on the official RME website.
Typical times for product announcements are during/around the major events: NAMM show and Musikmesse Frankfurt.
to 2) yes. The products have a free expansion slot which you can equip with a SFP fiber module
a) which allow the devices to be used in a MADI setup or
b) where you can reuse devices with MADI support and attach them to the M1610 Pro / Mic 12 in an AVB setup
If I remember right RME said that they will deliver details about what SFP to use at a later time.
You will also need additional/different fiber cables to connect devices with:
- different plugs (-> LC / SC), i.e UFX+ to M1610 Pro/12MIC
- same plugs ( -> SC / SC), between M1610 Pro/12MIC
In terms of cable type, OM3 and OM4 multimode fiber cables can be used.
MADI doesn't have the high transfer speeds compared to computer networks, therefore OM3 for MADI is fully sufficient.
RME supports cable length between each MADI device on a MADI bus/ring of up to 2km with OM3.
But if you have a mixed network for audio and computer network with structured cabling in between and if you build it up right now, then its worth to think about to introduce OM4 as cabling standard, because for computer networks the supported cable lengths at 10 Gbps network speeds are not so high compared to MADI.
Nowadays 10Gbit networks become slowly affordable and if I would be about to buy a NAS device for backup purposes, then I would get one with one or two 10G adapters according to the amount of data that I have already....
For 10 Gbps computer networks the supported cable lengths are for:
- OM3: 300m
- OM4: 550m
which could makes a difference when implementing structured cabling in a larger building.
Avoild mixing OM3 and OM4 in one signal path, because they have different core diameters and by this you get signal loss.
https://www.flukenetworks.com/blog/cabl … iber-types
Deciding for one optical cable standard at your side might make things easier for now and the future and the already purchased cables can be used in a more flexible way in both areas: audio and computer networks.
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