Intel Debuts Visual Compute Accelerator

IBC saw the launch of a range of products to aid operators deliver content to the home from the cloud. Included in the releases is the Intel Visual Compute Accelerator for Intel Xeon processor-based servers, the Intel Puma 7 SoC for cable home gateways, and the Intel AnyWAN GRX550 for xDSL and Fiber home gateways

"The Intel Visual Compute Accelerator will deliver high quality video with improved performance and cost per transcode channel to enable real-time off line transcoding with CAPEX and OPEX savings for content providers," said Albert Diaz, vice president and general manager of product collaboration and systems division in Intel's Data Center Group

The Intel Visual Compute Accelerator (Intel VCA) brings media and graphics capabilities into Intel Xeon processor E5-based servers for low-power, high-density, scalable solutions that address the needs of telecom, streaming media, and SP/CSP for growth, quality delivery and diversified services. Intel VCA can also be paired with the recently announced Intel Media Server Studio 2016 for fast media transcoding. With this solution, content delivery providers can simplify and reduce design and development costs while providing a significant improvement in streaming density.

Diaz continued: "By bringing 4K media processing capabilities to the Intel® Xeon processor E5 platform, customers will be able to efficiently deploy high quality media processing solutions in the cloud."

Visual Compute Accelerator (VCA) Features

The full-length, full-height, double-width PCIe* card supports HD and UHD 4K with HEVC and AVC transcodes:

  • 3 x Intel Xeon Processor E3 v4 family
  • Intel Iris Pro graphics P6300
  • Up to 96GB of DDR3 memory
  • Full-length, full-height, double-width Gen3 PCIe x16 card
  • Compatible with Intel® Server Products S2600WT family and ecosystem partner systems
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