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  Date: 18/09/2016

Advantech releases Encoder modules 4K/UHD built on Ambarella tech

Advantech is collaborating with Ambarella to integrate their low-power HD and UHD video encoding technology into modules and customizable compact application. A platform ready for the professional video market such as live sports and event coverage. Advantech reduces time to market of portable UHD/4K contribution solutions for broadcasters by utilizing the latest video processing technology at fingertips from Ambarella at equipment manufacturers.

The technology comes in Compact Encoder Appliance namely new VEGA-2001 4K/UHD Encoder Module and the new VEGA-6300.

VEGA-2001 and VEGA-6300 features 4Kp60 capable quad SDI and HDMI 2.0 video acquisition interfaces. It can stream either H.264 or HEVC encoded video across a Gigabit Ethernet link or a USB-attached wireless network interface. Control and management is through an embedded web server or a CGI-style remote API. HEVC compression is especially suitable for reducing the bit rate required for video transmission, especially for the higher resolutions and frame rates considered advantageous.

Ambarella H1 SoC IC based 4K-ready products can pre-process, scale and encode live 4K video in H.264 standard at up to 4Kp60 and in H.265/HEVC standard at up to 4Kp30.

Different resolutions and encoding parameters can be created and streamed parallel with duplicate streams that are ready for insertion into CDNs or OTT stream packagers. Advantech also plans to integrate the latest generation Ambarella H2 SoC chip into their next generation modules and appliances. The H2 product family that was introduced earlier this year offers much more performance in a similarly low power footprint, capable of performing 4Kp60 HEVC encode in both 8 bit and 10 bit modes including the HDR-10 format for High Dynamic Range (HDR) content.

“Ambarella SoC video compression technology gives both the VEGA-2001 module and the VEGA-6300 appliance a great balance of small size and low power for the high performance encoding capability they provide” says Brian Carr, Strategic Product Development and Marketing Director at Advantech.

The new products are suitable for field or remote applications or where there are thermal constraints due to low power consumption and small form factors such as enclosed cabinets or OB trucks.
Chris Day, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Ambarella say, “We see Advantech as a valuable partner to bring the benefits of our technology to a wider customer base in the professional video and broadcasting market”. “Advantech’s strong integration, customization and design capabilities reduce broadcast equipment manufacturers in-house development efforts and give them a significant time-to-market advantage in the roll-out of their next generation compact and portable professional media solutions”.

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