Media Links to Debut 100G Media-Centric IP Switching at NAB 2019

New MDX100G switching family addresses the explosive growth and new norm of time-sensitive video/audio data and non-real time data traffic across professional media-tuned IP networks for live video.

The Media Links exhibit will highlight the company’s new family of 100G media-centric IP switches at the 2019 NAB Show.

Media Links’ MDX100G switches target the market demand for uni-directional and bi-directional multicast media and data, especially for remote production and WAN applications. Traditional switches can’t handle these applications, the MDX 100G switch family does.

With a switching capacity of 6.4 Tbps, high port density, support for both L2 and L3 layers, a compact 1RU form factor and low power consumption, the MDX100G switching series provides a scalable and efficient solution for facilities transitioning to 4K and IP video transport.

Network architecture using MDX100G switches supports seamless protection switching (SPS) for more reliable and robust transport performance, a feature conventional network switch architecture does not typically accommodate. Other key features include VLAN bridging and translation, special QoS services, physical layer alarming and LLDP diagnostic and monitoring support.

MDX100G switches are designed specifically for aggregating multicast media streams whether compressed, uncompressed, uni-directional or bi-directional. The switch is optimized for zero packet loss, 100% throughput, maximum forwarding rate, low latency and memory allocation to priority queues. A specially designed embedded LSI switch controller agent within the switch ensures no packet loss in the most demanding multicast applications in many-to-many cases.

The agent utilizes match and forward rule sets for SDN packet forwarding. Rule sets allow for data loop/flooding protection along with port egress bandwidth limits, preventing oversubscription. For SMPTE 2110 environments, these switches also support PTP timing and network synchronization (IEEE 1588).

All Media Links’ switching solutions are media-centric, beyond off-the-shelf COTS switches, and are tailored to the demands of professional media traffic over an IP network.

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