Macnica, a leader in live video over IP transport technologies, returns to IBC next month (September 9-13, RAI Amsterdam, Stand 2.A58) with strong momentum behind its efforts for open standards adoption in the broadcast and live production industries. Macnica will unveil new hardware and software demonstrations that provide compelling insights into the benefits that the SMPTE 2110 suite of standards offers today and tomorrow and introduce a media streaming software development kit (SDK) that offers users greater flexibility when developing IP transport applications.
Three years on from IBC2019, Macnica is bullish on the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards for driving interoperable broadcast and live production workflows that help product developers bring ST 2110-ready products to market. Both are made possible by Macnica’s FPGA IP Cores, a series of hardware gateway solutions for IP product development that implement up-to-date standards associated with live video transport over IP networks. Macnica’s ST 2110 FPGA IP Cores are in use today for broadcast product development in domestic and international markets, including manufacturers in Asia and North America.
Macnica’s ST 2110 demonstrations this year will include a preview of its forthcoming 100G Smart NIC solution, which will provide a hardware-accelerated alternative to today’s mainly software-based ST 2110 100Gb solutions. Macnica’s 100G Smart NIC solution marries off-the-shelf network interface controller (NIC) cards with Macnica’s FPGA IP Cores to enable more efficient bandwidth usage over 100Gb networks, providing benefits that include higher channel counts. Macnica’s technology makes this possible by offloading CPU and heat generation problems that occur when processing wideband streams.
Macnica’s 100G Smart NIC solution adds another layer when integrated with the new Macnica Media Streaming (M2S) SDK, which receives its global debut at IBC2022. The M2S enables the implementation of software-based ST 2110 systems on general-purpose servers. This provides a gateway solution for broadcast systems that operate “All-IP” workflows whether deployed on-premises or in the cloud. The M2S SDK can be used with a wide variety of NIC cards, providing users with more flexibility to build products with optimal specifications.
“Our commitment to open standards for IP media technology goes back to our participation in some of the earliest standards to be ratified. More than a decade later, it’s exciting to see that effort pay off for our customers and the industry,” said Andrew Starks, Director of Product Management at Macnica. “We now see that innovation reach into exciting places throughout the industry and with our own customers, including early adoption of our Media Streaming SDK by some manufacturers in Asia.”
Macnica will also provide more insight into the future of open standards interoperability and IP transport through its work with the AIMS Alliance and the emerging IPMX set of standards. Plans include a series of IPMX demos to be shown at IBC for the first time. Macnica will announce more information on these demonstrations later this month.