Advantech Aligns with Socionext for Delivering Cutting-Edge Professional Video Solutions

By CIOReview | Monday, April 13, 2015
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LAS VEGAS, NV: Advantech services and solution providers introduces in the market two latest PCI express adapters for real-time 4K UltraHD (2160p60) HEVC encoding. When compared to a software only solution, the new products consume much lesser power and by using commercial-off-the-shelf plug-in accelerators, broadcast video equipment manufacturers can easily add the otherwise compute-intensive HEVC encoding task to existing or new server-based applications.

The new roll outs from Advantech; HVC-8700 and the HVC-8701 PCI Express (PCIe) adapters aims at successfully addressing the challenges of UHDTV encoding by providing OEMs with the technology to augment the workflow without compromising capacity or adding more servers, that too in a cost-effective approach.  While the HVC-8700 targets file or stream-based encoding workflows in a low profile PCIe adapter format to facilitate the integration of multiple accelerators in a range of servers/ appliances, HVC-8701 adapter features 4K video capture over built-in HDMI 2.0, Display Port 1.2 or 4-ch SDI-3G video inputs for acquisition-based encoding in contribution workflows.

Brian Carr, Marketing Director, Video Solutions, Advantech says,  "Our new and unique accelerators will allow OEMs to leverage the differentiating performance of specialized hardware with all the benefits of an off-the-shelf solution."

The H.265/HEVC codec reduces bit rates by nearly 50 percent when compared to a similar quality video stream encoded using H.264. The enhancements put into action the capabilities of higher computation complexity, with up to 48 server-class processor cores required to execute a 4K 60fps software-based broadcast quality HEVC encoding in real time.

Both products incorporate the most modern MB86M31HEVC encoder SoC technology from the newly built firm combining the well-established Fujitsu and Panasonic semiconductor businesses called the Socionext. The Soc is molded for professional media processing and is capable of performing professional grade 4Kp60 Main10 profile HEVC encoding. Also, both cards feature a simple-to-use API and example code for FFmpeg and GStreamer multimedia frameworks to streamline product development and their integration into existing applications.

Hiroaki Miyahara, Assistant Vice President, Connected Imaging, Socionext explains, "By cooperating with a strong technology partner like Advantech we put an integrated encoding solution at its fingertips that follows the principles of the new broadcast video infrastructure, leveraging the universal PCIe adapter form-factor to increase flexibility and reduce operational costs."