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Media processing platforms allow multiscreen video transcoding

26 Mar 2015

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Artesyn Embedded Technologies has introduced a couple of media processing acceleration appliances that allow communications service providers to boost the density of their multiscreen video services by using hardware-accelerated, software-based transcoding in a standard rack server architecture. According to the company, carriers can use the SharpStreamer 1U and the SharpStreamer 2U platforms to enable applications such as video transcoding and encoding equipment, video OTT infrastructure, network PVR, video/content optimisation, and network video conferencing to address consumers' increasing demands for streaming video while reducing CapEx, power and space requirements.

With the capacity to transcode up to 176 simultaneous video streams, the SharpStreamer 1U platform offers the highest density per rack unit (RU) of any standards-based platform, stated Artesyn. The SharpStreamer 2U platform, also capable of transcoding up to 176 media streams, offers a high density carrier grade solution for applications that need NEBS compliance.


Both SharpStreamer platforms are based on Artesyn's SharpStreamer PCI Express add-in acceleration card integrated into an industry-standard 19in rack mount server system with powerful live and video-on-demand video transcoding software enabled by the Intel Media SDK and Artesyn independent software vendors (ISVs). The systems are complemented by Artesyn's system integration services, which allow for integration of Artesyn and third-party cards, software and branding in order to streamline customer deployment.

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