Macnica Open Doors To IPMX Media Workflows At IBC

IP transport specialist to demonstrate new accelerated, high-capacity SMPTE ST 2110 and IPMX workflows that enable new applications, including integration with more technologies and end points.

At IBC 2023, Macnica will bring its message of how greater interoperability across two industry standards can open doors to new media workflows, strengthened through expanded integrations with proven and emerging technologies.

Andrew Starks, Director of Product Management for Macnica, says the timing is right as the thirst for stronger interoperability is reaching a new peak as IBC approaches. That includes increased interest in IPMX, a suite of standards developed for the ProAV industry that shares many of the same attributes as SMPTE ST 2110.

IPMX brings new opportunities for media and entertainment companies by providing greater freedom for technology choices, such as the ability to work with asynchronous devices. That alone unleashes a wider universe of media workflows at lower price points.

At Macnica’s IBC stand, the IP transport specialist and open-standards evangelist will demonstrate a range of recently introduced solutions that enable new opportunities for SMPTE ST 2110 and IPMX adopters, and introduce new updates that increase throughput, enable connections to more end points, and drive seamless ST 2110 and IPMX acceleration.

New Technology Integrations
The M2S SDK is designed as a simple and unified interface for real-time video streams, and enables implementation of software-based or FPGA-accelerated ST 2110 and IPMX systems on general-purpose servers. This provides a great solution for broadcast systems that operate “All-IP” workflows whether deployed on-premises or in the cloud, further empowered by Macnica’s multi-gig workflow capabilities across IP networks.

The M2S SDK can be used with a variety of NIC cards, providing users with more flexibility to build products with optimal specifications. When used with Macnica’s upcoming 100 Smart NIC solution, developers have a bridge to IPMX with scalable hardware and software infrastructure options for 1Gb to 100 Gb networks. Macnica’s 100G Smart NIC solution marries the Intel N6000 SmartNIC network interface controller (NIC) card with Macnica’s FPGA IP Cores to enable high-performance, low-latency ST 2110 and IPMX flows for up to 32 video flows with very low CPU/GPU usage. Macnica will demonstrate how leveraging the Intel N6000 SmartNIC within its high-performance hardware will also support ST 2022-7 “hitless merge”, which enables network path redundancy across advanced media workflows.

Also new for IBC, Macnica will demonstrate how the M2S can interface with Unreal Engine, a high-performance engine best known as a tool in the gaming industry for real-time creation of graphics and special effects. The media and entertainment industry has increasingly adopted these technologies for live production and high-bandwidth video workflows, perhaps most notably for virtual set productions. This is among the latest examples of how Macnica is enabling connectivity to more technologies and end points across the media ecosystem.

Macnica will also show its flagship MPA1000 module, ME10 SoC solution, and IPMX Product Development Kit with open APIs as part of their standards-based technology demonstrations. 

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