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Add-on card targets 1080p AVC, HEVC transcoding density

Posted: 25 Sep 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Artesyn Embedded Technologies rolled out an add-on acceleration card that speeds up the deployment of high-density video transcoding and multi-screen delivery.

The SharpStreamer uses the standard PCI Express form factor, offering quick and scalable integration with standard server architectures to meet the demands of service providers and operators requiring the use of existing servers and cloud infrastructure to support new video transcoding and adaptive bitrate delivery platforms.


SharpStreamer requires fewer servers and much less operational cost to power video transcoding services. Source: Artesyn

The add-on card is easily deployable, without constraining broadcasters and operators to dedicated equipment in order to monetise OTT streaming content, according to the company. The solution also enables networks to scale as subscriber numbers increase, by adding more cards and density from small to large servers as needed.

As the latest addition to Artesyn's add-on video acceleration card portfolio, SharpStreamer addresses the high-density and low power demands of video streaming applications such as over-the-top streaming servers, mobile network optimisation, content delivery networks and broadcast secondary distribution. It targets the highest H.264/AVC and H.265/HEVC transcoding density in the smallest footprint.

SharpSteamer delivers up to 48 streams of 1080p H.264 transcodes, or 4 streams of 1080p H.265/HEVC transcodes. It uses four Intel Core i7-4650U processors at 1.7GHz with Intel HD graphics 5000 supported by 8GB memory per processor sub-system in a three-quarter length PCI Express card footprint.

Other features include a software development kit comprised of the Intel Media SDK with Intel HD graphics' hardware acceleration, monitoring and processor sub-system, as well as operating system and management tools for easy integration with server host processing environments.

Broadcast and network equipment providers and operators prefer cloud-based video transcoding and encoding, which means using standard servers. Source: Artesyn

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