NAB 2016: Media Links Aims to Break Down Walls Between LAN, WAN for Broadcasters

At NAB 2016, Media Links (booth SU4721) will unveil a series of new products that eliminate the boundaries that occur between local area networks (LAN) inside a typical broadcast facility and external wide area content distribution networks (WAN). The result for broadcasters is a studio without limits, where all content can be controlled as if it were local.

RZ_Logo_Medialinks_100proz_cmykMedia Links provides solutions for the mission-critical transport of IP-based media & video, and media leaders around the globe rely on its solutions for advanced remote & live applications that maximize bandwidth utilization, and optimize network usage to move content between locations, studios, distribution networks, and across the world.

“Our vision at Media Links is to leverage our 20+ years of video-over-IP experience to break down the barriers that separate external transport networks and “in studio” or broadcast center routing and distribution,” says Tom Canavan, President of Media Links. “This will create a seamless network based on our Media Defined Networking technology, including the next generation of IP routing, SDN concepts, and fast switching, all monitored and controlled by an industry-leading software platform.”

CoolFire IP Gateway enables current and emerging broadcast formats (3G/HD/SD-SDI, 4K, 8K) to be encoded into an IP data stream using ultra low latency compression. Up to 64 video interfaces in a 3RU chassis with optional redundant power supplies and controllers can be supported. CoolFire incorporates SMPTE 2022-5/6/7 industry standards along with IEEE 1588 Precision Timing Protocol and simultaneous SDI/RTP delivery. Additionally concurrent contribution (SMPTE 2022-6 w/PTP timing) and confidence (J2K TR-01) video feeds are available to increase operational flexibility.

NetGazer Network Management System is a scalable graphically-orientated software platform that monitors and manages complex network environments and their associated elements while concealing the complexities of the underlying details, thus simplifying media service assurance and fulfillment. It is a comprehensive end-to-end network monitoring and management system for both in-studio and wide area media networks and provides graphically rich topology maps for intuitively displaying network elements across the LAN and WAN. An integrated SDN (Software Defined Networking) and MDN (Media Defined Networking) platform allows performance optimization for high bandwidth multi-media services. Several NetGazer editions are available that scale from single studio environments to large enterprise and global networks.

The MDX 4090 COTS-based IP video router delivers the next generation of IP media routing using commodity off the shelf components that improve cost efficiencies while being flexible and powerful. Optimized for use in media switching environments where bandwidth management, quality of service and deterministic timing are critical, the MDX 4090 incorporates Media Links’ Media Rapid Flow protocol for SDN channel switching that is 100 times faster than typical IT-based data protocols like OpenFlow. Up to 96 non-blocking 10GbE as well as four 40GbE ports in a 2RU chassis with hot pluggable power supplies and fan units are supported.

The MDP 3010 IP-to-J2K decoder offers pristine quality and high-speed IP to JPEG2000 processing in a compact, portable and rugged footprint, which meets the challenges of high-end broadcast applications or simple IP-based network applications, where space and cabling requirements are restricted. It receives IP packets that contain a JPEG2000 compressed stream through a 1GbE network interface and reproduces them into simultaneous SDI and HDMI video outputs.

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