Bluefish444 Announces New Kronos Range of Video, Audio, Data I/O Cards

Bluefish444 introduces the KRONOS range of video and audio I/O cards, featuring multi-channel 4K 60p, high dynamic range, high frame rate SDI and SMPTE 2022 support for video over IP workflows in broadcast, production and post production.

The new line extends the feature set of Bluefish444’s Epoch video cards, which support up to 4K 60 frame per second workflows. KRONOS is developed for additional workflows requiring Ultra HD up to 8K, high frame rates up to 120fps, high dynamic range and video over IP.

With these capabilities, Bluefish444 cards are developed to support all areas of TV and feature film production, post, display and restoration, in addition to virtual reality and augmented reality. For use in theme parks, music concerts, sporting and outdoor events, the KRONOS range is also recommended for single and multi-card support enabling 8K/4K/2K imagery presented across one or more screens or projectors.

KRONOS adds video processing technologies including resolution scaling, video interlace and de-interlace; hardware CODEC support, SDI to IP and IP to SDI conversion, and continues to offer the 12-bit colour space conversion and low-latency capabilities of Epoch.

Real-time graphics systems will benefit from the KRONOS range’s ability to achieve the highest level of quality, reliability and low latency whilst adding multiple streams of 4K Ultra HD and high frame rate video I/O demanded by sports and live event coverage.

KRONOS feature highlights include: SD SMPTE295M, HD 1.5G SMPTE292M, 3G (A+B) SMPTE424M, ASI, 4:2:2:4 / 4:4:4:4 SDI, single link / dual link / quad link interfaces, 12/10-bit SDI, full 4K frame buffer, 3Gbps bypass relays, 12-bit video processing pipeline, 4 x 4 x 32bit matrix, MR2 routing resources, hardware keyer (2K/HD), customizable and flexible pixel format, and AES audio input / AES audio output.

KRONOS will offer the choice of SDI I/O connectivity with the KRONOS ēlektron featuring eight high density BNC connectors capable of SD/HD/3G SDI. Each HD BNC connector is fully bi-directional enabling numerous configuration options including eight input, eight output, or a mixture of SDI input and output connections.

The KRONOS optikós offers future proofing connectivity with three SFP+ cages in addition to two HD BNC connectors for SD/HD/3G SDI I/O. The SFP+ cages on KRONOS optikós provide limitless connectivity options exposing greater than 3G SDI, IP connectivity across 10Gb Ethernet, and flexibility to choose from numerous physical interfaces.

All KRONOS cards will have an 8 lane Gen 3 PCIe interface to achieve the fastest full duplex DMA. KRONOS will provide access to high bandwidth UHD, high frame rate and high dynamic range video IO and processing, across traditional SDI and also emerging IP standards such as SMPTE 2022.

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