Vendor Spotlight: LYNX Technik

Celebrating its 19th year in business, LYNX Technik is a global manufacturer of signal processing solutions and modular interface equipment. The company is based in Weiterstadt, Germany, with offices in Los Angeles (U.S.) and Singapore. spoke with David Holloway, Director of Sales EMEA, at LYNX Technik.

What markets do you sell your products to?

The company markets its products to a wide variety of markets, including: the Broadcast, production, post-production, outside broadcasters, event producers, government/defense facilities, professional AV, medical, education and houses of worship sectors.

Describe your latest products

Products include the greenMachine, a multi-purpose signal processing platform with a mix-and-match approach that supports up to 4K/UHD/12G applications; The yellobrik line of standalone and system plug-and-play signal processing modules—designed for video or fiber conversion, frame synchronization, audio embedding, splitting, mux/demux, and format conversion; and LynxCentraal, a software suite that combines the functionality of the company’s three software applications: APPolo, yelloGUI and greenGUI.

What distinguishes your technology?

Lynx prides itself on not following the crowd but instead using the best FPGA technology to provide customers with a high density of features in a compact form factor. We feel hardware processing solves a lot of reliability and installation problems, especially on board OB Vans, where signal conversion is critical. Our green machine, for example supports up to 4K/UHD/12G applications, within a 1RU half rack width footprint (2 greenMachine’s can be mounted in a 1 RU frame).

David Holloway, Director of Sales EMEA, LYNX Technik.

David Holloway, Director of Sales EMEA, LYNX Technik.

Our focus has been the development of a new range of terminal equipment for broadcast and professional applications that is modular in nature. All modules have been extensively field-tested by broadcasters and are currently in widespread use throughout the world.  This modularity concept addresses both standalone applications and also larger studio installations.

How is Lynx helping its customers adapt to new technologies, like artificial intelligence?

Lynx Technik unveiled a new hardware module in its yellobrik series that features Artificial Intelligence from Audionamix. The IDC (Instant Dialog Cleaner) module is designed for operations with serial digital video signals and leverages AI technology to remove unwanted audio noise in the signal flow. The new IDC 1411 IDC yellobrik isolates speech and dialog by removing complex background noises in SDI signals from live broadcasts as well as recorded audio. Inside the yellobrik hardware there is enough power to run Deep Neural Networks (DNN) AI technology from Audionamix and solving many audio challenges that arise in broadcast and professional AV environments — in real time.

In general, our products utilize the very latest technologies in the areas of digital and analog signal processing. Also, an extensive use of programmable technology across our portfolio enables rapid product adaptations as the market demands without having to develop new hardware.

Has the move to IP infrastructures resulted to a greater need for signal processing?

Yes. While many of the networks now being deployed are software-defined, there are still many places within a facility where a physical connection is required and a simple plug in of a module does the job quite nicely. This is especially true on the new generation of OB Vans, where our compact modules help keep weight down while converting signals to the necessary formats with a high degree of reliability.

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