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Axon unveils Neuron NAP

The 100G-capable signal processing platform is said to be the world’s “first” networked attached processor for broadcast IP environments

At IBC2018, Axon is launching Neuron, a networked attached processor (NAP) developed to address the needs of complex IP and hybrid environments. The signal processing platform is able to support 200Gbps and 64 channels, or 16 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) channels in a single rack unit.

Peter Schut, CTO of Axon, explained: “The move to IP is causing many in the broadcast industry sleepless nights, particularly the challenge of integrating and controlling increasingly complex technology layers while providing guaranteed bandwidth performance for new formats such as 4K/UHD.

“To resolve these issues, a NAP is required: a networked attached processor! And with our new Neuron NAP, Axon is setting the standard.”

For those heading to a pure native IP infrastructure, the Neuron is extremely useful “modular glue” in a centralised and virtual environment, according to Axon. Neuron is capable of processing all the tasks needed in a live and baseband video domain, enables multiple channels in a single device, and eliminates physical cascading of products to offer the possibility to interconnect in any order desired, without actually running different cables.

Within a single one-rack unit, Neuron can process 200Gbps and deliver 64 1080p channels or 16 4K/UHD channels in the same rack space. For those taking a hybrid path to IP, Neuron is designed to bridge the gap by providing FPGA-based processing power with efficient connection to legacy SDI I/O. By bundling SDI into an IP platform, all audio and video processing tasks are managed with ultra-high bandwidth — up to 80 SDI connectors can be added in a same 1RU.

Schut concluded: “[Neuron] has already been enthusiastically welcomed by our clients, many of whom are pioneers in IP production, and they have been blown away by its spectacular performance.

“We are confident that Neuron will both ease and accelerate the move to IP — particularly in sports production, where its guaranteed bandwidth performance will support the roll-out of new formats including 8K.”

Find out more about Neuron at IBC2018, booth 10.A21.

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