Macnica Technology https://macnicatech.com Revolutionizing Live Video Transport Thu, 11 Jun 2020 13:44:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://macnicatech.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/cropped-favicon-32x32.jpg Macnica Technology https://macnicatech.com 32 32 What shipping containers and IPMX have in common https://macnicatech.com/what-shipping-containers-and-ipmx-have-in-common/ Thu, 11 Jun 2020 02:28:43 +0000 https://macnicatech.com/?p=1648

In The Box, economist Marc Levinson argued that the invention of the intermodal shipping container made shipping so fast and inexpensive that it changed the world economy.

Agreeing on a container that could be carried anywhere in the world by ship, rail and truck was not an easy process. Still, once ISO, the International Organisation for Standardization, finalized their specifications in 1966, the shipping industry exploded. Levinson believes this step had a bigger impact than 50 years worth of government trade agreements. World imports and exports grew by more than 100 times, from about $190 billion in 1966 to more than $19 trillion in 2018.

We believe the professional video industry (pro AV, broadcast and entertainment), is in a similar situation, with a hodgepodge of competing methods and standards for transporting video and audio holding it back from explosive growth.

Yet like the shipping industry with ISO, we have free and open standards available from SMPTE, the Society for Motion Picture and Television Engineers, for AV over IP networks.

Will we have the foresight to adopt them?

Watch a short video,  How a Steel Box Changed the World

Learn about SMPTE 2110 and IPMX, which packages those standards into a marketable brand.

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What surfers know about technology trends https://macnicatech.com/what-surfers-know-about-technology-trends/ Sat, 30 May 2020 20:52:08 +0000 https://macnicatech.com/?p=1636
Locked in or wiped out? It’s up to you!

There’s a right time and a wrong time to try to catch a big wave.

Start too soon and there’s nothing to catch. Wait too long and you’re going to wipe out.

This is the year to catch the wave for AV over IP, and IPMX is the wave to catch!

IPMX is the only free, open standard for transporting the highest quality video, audio and control signals over IP networks. It can provide 4K video at 60 frames per second with 4:4:4 color over standard, 1 Gb/s IP networks.

By this time next year, buyers will demand it. Catch the IPMX wave now!

Learn more about IPMX

Contact Macnica to learn how we can help you, the manufacturer, add IPMX to your products!

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What is IPMX? https://macnicatech.com/what-is-ipmx/ Wed, 20 May 2020 19:56:20 +0000 https://macnicatech.com/?p=1622

A dream come true for manufacturers and developers, IPMX is a free, open standard for transporting the highest quality video, audio and control signals  over IP networks.

Unlike other AV over IP proposals, there are no licensing fees or restrictions on IPMX. Manufacturers can use it as they wish but be assured that their products will be fully interoperable with all others built to the IPMX specifications.

Even better, IPMX combines the SMPTE 2110 set of standards now in use in the broadcast industry with features and specifications needed for pro AV. In doing so, it opens up new avenues of growth for pro AV manufacturers, integrators and consultants.

Those pro AV features include visually lossless compression, HDCP copy protection, network discovery and registration, I/O management for control, and the enhanced audio channel mapping required for multichannel surround sound.

Using IPMX, you can transport 4K video at 60 frames per second with 4:4:4 color over standard 1 Gb/s IP networks – and it’s remarkably flexible, ready for 8K and higher resolutions, and for 10, 25, even 40 and 100 Gb networks!

Learn more about IPMX or

Contact Macnica to learn how we can help you, the manufacturer, add IPMX to your products!

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Video, like our highways, should be based on free and open standards https://macnicatech.com/video-like-our-highways-should-be-based-on-free-and-open-standards/ Mon, 27 Apr 2020 18:18:50 +0000 https://macnicatech.com/?p=1538

Think for a minute what traveling would be like if we didn’t have free, open, universal standards for roads. That is, if Ford, Chevy, Honda and Toyota each had their own proprietary standards that only their cars could use, and each had their own set of highways to match.

The pro AV industry is in a similar situation today, with at least five proprietary standards competing for the right to transmit 4K audio and video over IP. It’s a big problem, because interoperability is the key to a healthy AV industry, just as it is for automobiles.

Of course, we could adopt the same set of open standards that the broadcast industry has: SMPTE 2110. It’s here now, it’s free, and if you manufacture video or audio products, Macnica can help you implement it.

Learn more about SMPTE 2110.

Learn more about IMPX, the implementation of SMPTE 2110 for the pro AV industry.

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Macnica to Introduce System on Chip Version of AV over IP Transport Module at ISE 2020 https://macnicatech.com/macnica-to-introduce-system-on-chip-version-of-av-over-ip-transport-module-at-ise-2020/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 08:00:09 +0000 https://macnicatech.com/?p=1502
Built for AIMS’ new IPMX set of open standards and specifications for AV over IP, Macnica’s ME10 innovation condenses its full-stack MPA1000 module into a compact SoC form factor for high-volume product developers

SOLANA BEACH, CALIFORNIA, February 6, 2020 — Macnica, a leader in live video over IP transport technologies, announces a new innovation for ISE 2020 that brings its interoperable, open-standards approach to a broader customer base. To be introduced at ISE 2020, the new ME10 SoC is a 4K AV over 1Gb System on Chip provides a complete, interoperable AV over IP solution for high-volume product developers, or those requiring a more compact AV over IP OEM solution to fit very specific product dimensions.

The ME10 SoC is a full-stack solution that offers all of the same features and benefits as Macnica’s flagship MPA1000 AV over IP module, including the transport of HDMI 2.0 4K60 4:4:4 video, audio and control data over 1Gb networks. Both innovations represent Macnica’s pursuit of bringing interoperability and open standards to AV environments, and transitioning products and facilities to IP.

Importantly, both Macnica innovations are built for IPMX, the just-announced AV over IP initiative from the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS). IPMX, short for IP Media Experience, is designed specifically for the commercial AV industry as a collection of open standards and specifications that provide an interoperable AV over IP multi-vendor solution. IPMX covers functions such as device registration and discovery, copy protection and security.

Because IPMX is built on the established transport standards in broadcast, including ST 2110-22, it provides support for compression. Macnica is offering support for JPEG-XS compression in the ME10. The open nature of these standards and specifications ensure that adopters remain in control of their future, regardless of future industry developments.

The ME10 brings the same value proposition and feature set as the MPA1000, including:

  • 4K60p 4:4:4 video transport over 1Gb networks: The inclusion of JPEG-XS-based compression brings superior quality over widely available, low-cost 1Gb networks, without the expense of special AV network switches.
  • Sub-frame latency: This critical feature for KVM applications benefits from compression and timing technologies, assuring ultra-low latency from source to destination.
  • Integrated control: The ME10 includes a customizable web UI and RESTful API to control and configure its behavior, including registration and discovery processes of network nodes, video and audio settings, and control of streams.

The SoC design comes in a compact 23×23 mm package, removing the MPA1000’s memory and board. This provides more flexibility and reduces cost for specialized product developers, while leveraging the same proven software development kit and intuitive web user interface.

“The ME10 SoC makes it possible for high-volume product developers to bring IPMX products to market,” said Andrew Starks, Director of Product Management, Macnica. “As IPMX continues to evolve, product developers can be confident that the ME10 will be compliant. Interoperability is the key strength of the ME10, and that’s why we are excited about IPMX. With the ME10, specialized product developers gain access to the IPMX market of interoperable products, along with the performance and flexibility they need at a far lower cost per unit. Along with the MPA1000, Macnica has an interoperable transport solution to meet any manufacturer’s AV over IP product line requirements.”

Macnica will demonstrate both the ME10 and MPA1000 at Stand 15-C370 at ISE 2020, which takes place February 11-14 at the Amsterdam RAI.

Click here for more information about ME10 SoC.

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Macnica Demonstrates Value Proposition for AV over IP Transport over 1Gb Networks at ISE 2020 https://macnicatech.com/macnica-demonstrates-value-proposition-for-av-over-ip-transport-over-1gb-networks-at-ise-2020/ Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:54:24 +0000 https://macnicatech.com/?p=1420
Three demonstrations will highlight Macnica’s visual quality, systems management, and low latency advantages against competitive transport solutions, with a unifying message around the benefits of open AV standards 
SOLANA BEACH, CALIFORNIA, January 20, 2020 — Macnica, a leader in live video over IP transport technologies, will emphasize the advantages of deploying AV over IP technologies with open standards at ISE 2020 next month. Macnica’s message will be supported through three demos that communicate its value proposition around quality, systems management, and latency.

Macnica is a creator of IP, hardware and software APIs that implement SMPTE ST 2110 and AMWA NMOS, a suite of open standards and specifications that fosters interoperability, scalability and flexibility in broadcast and AV over IP applications. With products that operate on 1Gb, 10Gb and 25Gb networks, Macnica can help product developers build interoperable AV and broadcast systems based on open standards and their customers’ exact needs.

At ISE 2020, Macnica will show its flagship MPA1000 AV over IP module for 1Gb networks. The MPA1000 is a full-stack module that brings low-latency IP video transport to OEM manufacturers and an array of professional AV products.

“Customers, especially in IT departments, are demanding truly open AV over IP standards, but there hasn’t been a way to do that affordably. The MPA1000 is the best evidence that open AV over IP standards arrived and they compete well with proprietary 1Gb and 10Gb transport solutions,” said Andrew Starks, Director of Product Management, Macnica. “We’re excited to help deliver on the promise of true interoperability between manufacturers and industries.”

AV over IP Demos
Macnica’s ISE stand (15-C370) features three demonstrations to showcase the performance and benefits of the MPA1000:

  • Shootout: Macnica has created a five-way shootout with popular proprietary AV over IP alternatives, including a 10GbE variety. Visitors will have a chance to evaluate the relative quality, latency, and performance of the MPA1000. This is one of the few places at ISE to see how open standards compare to closed or privately-controlled alternatives.
  • Web Interface and Control: The MPA1000 features multiple methods of control, including a new web interface, which makes its debut at ISE. Taking advantage of the discovery and connection features of the open standards, the web interface puts the power of the MPA1000 into an intuitive web UI that can be customized by developers.
  • Sub-Frame Latency: Visitors who want some fun with their show experience can test their skills on an E-Sports Class racing simulator. Thanks to the sub-frame latency and performance of the MPA1000, the experience is natural and immediate, just as professional gamers demand.

MPA1000 Attributes
The MPA1000 is one of the earliest 1GbE OEM products to add 4K60 4:4:4 video transport using open standards, and supports audio and control over the same standard 1Gb connection. The module includes an integrated web interface with customizable APIs.

The MPA1000 is field-configurable to transmit or receive HDMI signals; once connected to the network, media traffic is discoverable through the included NMOS IS-04/05 services – an open specifications for publishing and discovery of content streams. Macnica has created an extended profile that includes support for JPEG-XS compression and other professional AV capabilities that optimize AV over IP performance. The benefits of JPEG-XS compression for AV over IP quality and latency will be demonstrated across all three demos.

Starks adds that Macnica works closely with standards organizations and other manufacturers to ensure that its modules will fit seamlessly in future multi-vendor, interoperable AV over IP ecosystems. “Our commitment is to open standards, which provide decreased system deployment cost and complexity,” he continued. “Our unique value proposition is that we offer affordable solutions that bring very high-end video quality into 1Gb networks.”

ISE 2020 takes place February 11-14 at the Amsterdam RAI.

About Macnica
Macnica Technology, a leader in live video over IP transport technologies and creator of hardware and software APIs that implement SMPTE ST 2110 and AMWA NMOS standards, is a division of Macnica Americas, Inc. based in Solana Beach, Calif., a North American subsidiary of $5 Billion Macnica, Inc. Macnica focuses on the specialized technology areas of video/imaging and networking/storage to better support customers trying to develop products and services using these technologies. Macnica offers products at various levels of integration: component-level semiconductor devices, FPGA IP, boards and modules, software and total solutions. Visit the company’s website at www.macnicatech.com

 

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Macnica Accelerates Development of Interoperable SMPTE ST 2110 Solutions for IBC2019 https://macnicatech.com/macnica-accelerates-development-of-interoperable-smpte-st-2110-solutions-for-ibc2019/ Thu, 22 Aug 2019 20:39:43 +0000 http://macnicatech.com/?p=923
Video over IP transport specialist will unveil new System on Module (SoM) innovation for broadcast alongside evolving VIPA family of network media switching cards

SOLANO BEACH, CALIFORNIA, August 22, 2019 — Macnica, a leader in live video over IP transport technologies, will bring its latest innovations for broadcast and commercial AV interoperability to IBC2019 next month (September 13-17, RAI Amsterdam). Macnica continues to expand its SMPTE ST 2110 and NMOS OEM developer products, which includes the global debut of its first System on Module (SoM) solution specific to broadcast applications.
Macnica will also showcase its existing VIPA range of accelerated network interface cards, including its ultra-wideband 25Gb/s VIPA25 module introduced at the 2019 NAB Show in April. The demonstrations will also include Macnica’s MPA1000 module for 1Gb/s AV over IP transport applications.

“Macnica aggressively investing in its portfolio of OEM and develop products, and active in the community effort to develop open standards for the AV over IP transport in the broadcast and AV markets,” said Andrew Starks, Director of Product Management at Macnica. “Our goal is to offer our customers a flexible range of 1Gb/s, 10 Gb/S and 25 Gb/s solutions to cover virtually any transport application and bitrate. We are building these solutions using an open standards, such as ST 2110, to ensure interoperability across the next generation of video products and systems, and the best possible long-term value proposition for our customers worldwide.”

SoM Innovations

IBC2019 marks the global unveiling of EASYSS10, a 10GbE ST 2110 to SDI gateway System on Module. Designed for hybrid routers, signal processing systems and gateway devices, the EASYSS10 and the available reference board make the transition to standards-based Broadcast IP products simple and efficient.
The EASYSS10 includes six SDI inputs and six SDI outputs that are compatible with HD-SDI and 3G-SDI. On the networking side, dual SFP+ ports support redundant media networks.
At its IBC2019 stand (2.A18), Macnica will exhibit the robust designs and resiliency of EASYSS10 in a live demonstration, showcasing its seamless protection switching over redundant networks. This ensures compliance with the SMPTE 2022-7 standard, which protects broadcasters against dropped packets by moving signals over two parallel networks.

Macnica will also show MPA1000, a full-stack AV over IP module that brings low-latency IP video transport to OEM manufacturers and an array of professional AV products. Macnica’s MPA1000 transports compressed UHD 60P 4:4:4 video, audio and control over a standard 1GbE connection.
The module is field-configurable to transmit or receive signals; once connected to the network, the media traffic is discoverable through the included NMOS IS-04/05 services – an open standard for publishing and discovery of content streams.
The MPA1000’s innovation is enhanced through simple configuration and control – a core design principle of the module. The module features an integrated web server that will host a RESTful API along with a web application that is fully customizable for each user. Macnica additionally offers an MPA1000 Development Kit for testing and development purposes, with design files available on request.

Network Interface Cards

IBC marks the introduction of Macnica’s VIPA 25 PCI Express (PCIe) card, a wide-bandwidth solution for uncompressed 4K transport. The VIPA 25 is a full-stack ST 2110/NMOS solution that accelerates ST 2110 media flow network processing and timing workload from the CPU. It provides a straightforward, simple API that includes NMOS IS-04/05 and GStreamer filters (source and sync)—making it ready for developers to start creating next-generation, IP-networked broadcast applications on open standards. An optional 12G-SDI daughtercard adds SDI support with seamless API access alongside ST 2110.
Macnica will also show its recently introduced 10GbE card, the VIPA 10, at IBC, including. some of the new capabilities of its software development kit (SDK). Both VIPA solutions support all ratified standard subtypes to optimize flexibility for developers.

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Macnica Technology to Introduce MPA1000 AV over IP Module at InfoComm 2019 https://macnicatech.com/macnica-technology-to-introduce-mpa1000-av-over-ip-module-at-infocomm-2019/ Tue, 21 May 2019 20:37:56 +0000 http://macnicatech.com/?p=921
Company continues pursuit of video over IP products built on open standards in the quest to secure greater ProAV interoperability and integration.

SOLANO BEACH, CALIFORNIA, May 21, 2019 — Macnica Technology, a leader in live video over IP transport technologies, will showcase its new MPA1000 AV over IP Module at Booth 474 during InfoComm 2019 in Orlando (June 12-14, Orange County Convention Center). The MPA1000 is a full-stack module that brings low-latency IP video transport to OEM manufacturers and an array of professional AV products.

Macnica is a creator of hardware and software APIs that implement SMPTE ST 2110, a widely followed open standard for professional broadcast and AV that fosters interoperability, scalability and flexibility in IP applications. For Macnica, the release of the MPA1000 module represents continued product development moving solidly to open standards. For AV systems integrators, that means added value and flexibility in their installations.

Macnica’s MPA1000 transports compressed UHD 60P 4:4:4 video, audio and control over a standard 1GbE connection. The module is field-configurable to transmit or receive signals; once connected to the network, the media traffic is discoverable through the included NMOS IS-04/05 services – an open standard for publishing and discovery of content streams.

“The development of the MPA1000 is significant in that it opens the door to new ProAV system solution opportunities and capabilities,” said Andrew Starks, Director of Product Management at Macnica. “It’s one of the earliest 1GbE products to add 4K60 4:4:4 video using open standards.”

The MPA1000’s innovation is enhanced through simple configuration and control – a core design principle of the module. The module’s integrated web server hosts a RESTful API along with a web application that is fully customizable for each user. Macnica additionally offers an MPA1000 Development Kit for testing and development purposes, with design files available on request.

Starting with SMPTE ST 2110 and NMOS-04/05, the standard for high-performance AV over IP in broadcast, Macnica has created an extended profile that includes support for TICO-XS compression and other Pro AV capabilities. The company will continue its work with standards organizations and other manufacturers, ensuring that the MPA1000 becomes a part of a future multi-vendor, interoperable AV over IP ecosystem.

“Our commitment is to open standards, which provide decreased system deployment cost and complexity, and the MPA1000 module is based on those efforts,” continued Starks. “It’s inexpensive, yet brings extremely high-end video quality down to a 1GbE standard. Attendees will be able to see this module working in a video wall digital signage application at our booth during InfoComm.”

In addition to the MPA1000, the company will showcase its expanding array of VIPA modular solutions, which offer video transport interface functionality for video processing of ST 2110 streams, as well as growing image processing and display product lines from Macnica’s distribution business unit. Technical and business meetings with Macnica’s experts during InfoComm 2019 can be scheduled by emailing videotransport@macnica.com.

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Macnica Technology to Demonstrate SMPTE ST 2110 and NMOS Network Media Switching Solutions at 2019 NAB Show https://macnicatech.com/macnica-technology-to-demonstrate-smpte-st-2110-and-nmos-network-media-switching-solutions-at-2019-nab-show/ Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:35:50 +0000 http://macnicatech.com/?p=919
Company continues to grow its VIPA family of video over IP products built on the SMPTE ST 2110 standard to strengthen interoperability and simplify integration

SOLANO BEACH, CALIFORNIA, March 25, 2019 — Macnica Technology, a leader in live video over IP transport technologies, will showcase its expanding VIPA product line and offer live demos of its SMPTE ST 2110 and NMOS network media switching solutions at the 2019 NAB Show. Macnica will exhibit at Booth SU13013, April 8-11 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Macnica is a creator of hardware and software APIs that implement the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards. SMPTE ST 2110 is a widely followed open standard for professional broadcast and AV that fosters interoperability, scalability and flexibility in IP applications. At NAB, Macnica will demonstrate its growing VIPA range, which offers video transport interface functionality for video processing of ST 2110 streams.

NAB marks the introduction of Macnica’s VIPA 25 PCI Express (PCIe) card. The VIPA 25 is an ST 2110 accelerated network interface card that completely offloads the network processing and timing workload from the CPU. It provides a straightforward, simple API that includes NMOS IS-04/05 and GStreamer filters (source and sync)—making it ready for developers to start creating next-generation, IP-networked broadcast applications on open standards. An optional 12G-SDI daughtercard adds SDI support with seamless API access alongside ST 2110.

Macnica will also show its recently introduced 10GbE card, the VIPA 10, at NAB. Macnica will demonstrate some of the new capabilities of its software development kit (SDK) with the VIPA 10 card.

Macnica continues to be involved in the NMOS standards and VIPA 25 is a full-stack ST 2110/NMOS solution, supporting all ratified standard subtypes. In addition to live demonstrations at its booth, Macnica will participate in the IP Showcase at booth C12634 to exhibit the interoperability of its NMOS solutions.

“We’re building a flexible, accessible ST 2110 platform that will be at the heart of a new wave of products in the broadcast and professional video industries. We can’t wait to show off some of the things we are doing with our technology at NAB,” said Andrew Starks, Director of Product Management at Macnica. “The VIPA 25 will be perfect for broadcast equipment manufacturers who need the kind of reliability they’ve come to expect from SDI in a standards-compliant ST 2110 solution.”

Technical and business meetings with Macnica’s experts during NAB can be scheduled by emailing videotransport@macnica.com.

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intoPIX and Macnica Preview a 4K AV over 1GbE Module Powered by TICO-XS and ST 2110 IP Transport for Pro AV Market at ISE 2019 https://macnicatech.com/intopix-and-macnica-preview-a-4k-av-over-1gbe-module-powered-by-tico-xs-and-st-2110-ip-transport-for-pro-av-market-at-ise-2019/ Mon, 04 Feb 2019 20:34:35 +0000 http://macnicatech.com/?p=917

Proven Open Standards-based Broadcast Technologies Applied for Pro AV Market

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