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Pebble Beach Systems and Matrox form technology alliance

The new Matrox X.mio5 Q25 SMPTE ST 2110 NIC card is now integrated into the Dolphin integrated channel technology

Pebble Beach Systems’ Dolphin integrated channel device is now able to support multiple SMPTE ST 2110 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) streams for uncompressed IP, without increasing the load on the CPU.

This is made possible, said Pebble Beach Systems, by the integration of the Matrox X.mio5 Q25 SMPTE ST 2110 NIC card, and “significantly enhances” the flexibility of Dolphin for uncompressed IP playout architectures, said Daniel Robinson, head of product development, Pebble Beach Systems.

He added: “When the number of inputs is limited, users can encounter glitches and delays when switching between incoming streams. Thanks to the increased number of inputs this NIC offers, multiple uncompressed IP transport streams can be fed to Dolphin concurrently so that when the input is switched, the stream is already running and ready for a seamless change-over. This destination time switching also means that the additional switching hardware is not required.”

Dolphin is an integrated channel device which, operating under the control of Pebble Beach System’s Marina automation, delivers highly automated integrated audio, video and graphics functionality for ingest, channel branding and frame-accurate multi-channel playout.

The flexible pipeline design enables the virtual output chain to be customised for each channel, specifying the order in which functions, including graphics, effects, aspect ratio conversion, are handled within the system.

Equipped with 25GbE and 10GbE interfaces, Matrox X.mio5 Q25 features multi-channel IP video I/O from HD to 4K/UHD — with zero CPU usage — on-board multi-channel high dynamic range (HDR) conversions, along with motion adaptive de-interlacing, pristine scaling and powerful compositing engines for high-density 4K/UHD video processing, according to Matrox.

Designed as a video-aware COTS SMPTE ST 2110 NIC card, X.mio5 Q25 delivers “24/7 reliability and interoperability” required of broadcast equipment while offering the flexibility and scalability expected of IP infrastructures including standard network stack functionality, the company added.

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