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Video processing to meet OTT demands

The Vega-3318, released earlier this year, is a media processing accelerator supporting professional grade real-time AVC and HEVC transcoding of eight 4Kp60 video streams on a PCI Express card, with a power consumption below 100W.

Here at IBC, Advantech is introducing the Vega-3318 to media service providers, showing them how they can integrate it into a variety of server configurations, using Advantech’s Linux and Windows SDK for reduced time to market cloud-based video delivery solutions.

Up to four Vega-3318 accelerators can be integrated in a 1U GPU server, enabling 32 UHD transcodes per RU, which Advantech claimed brings ‘unprecedented’ density to large-scale data centre deployments.

The growing demand for OTT-delivered live content is disrupting broadcasting and mobile business models, noted Advantech.

This fundamental change in consumers’ behaviour opens up new opportunities for media companies and service providers but it also outstrips the processing capabilities of their infrastructure, which they look to optimise by using agile cloud-based architectures.

The company claimed that traditional data centre hardware is not well suited to video processing, especially when multiple high-definition live channels require real-time manipulation, yet it said the Vega-3318 fills this gap by providing the acceleration required to efficiently scale video processing across a wide range of live UHD cloud applications from OTT transcoding and broadcast encoding to gaming and mobile video.

Advantech’s Vega-3318 integrates eight Socionext MB86M30 SoCs, supporting UHD, HD and SD formats and HEVC, AVC and MPEG-2 codecs including 10-bit profiles and 4:2:2 chroma subsampling.