Path 1 Gates Video Over IP

Path 1 Network Technologies debuts the Ax100, a new version of its cutting-edge Internet Protocol video routers

May 12, 2004

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SAN DIEGO -- Path 1 Network Technologies Inc. (AMEX: PNO), a leading provider of products that enable the transmission of broadcast-quality video over IP networks, today announced the availability of the Ax100™, a new version of its cutting edge Internet Protocol video routers. The Ax100 IP Video Gateway is designed to offer a cost effective and scalable solution that will allow broadcasters to incrementally adjust their bandwidth with their changing network requirements. Combined with Path 1's Cx1000 and the Chameleon vidX product line, the Ax100 gives Path 1 a broad product portfolio, covering the full range of needs and price points within the broadcast industry for exchanging live video content.

"We are very excited about the Ax100," stated John Zavoli, president and CEO of Path 1. "For broadcasters that really only need to transport compressed video, we now have a competitively priced product that can be upgraded later to transport uncompressed video at 270 Mbps. In addition, we now have a more complete product portfolio to offer broadcasters as they look for more cost-effective ways to distribute live content while maintaining broadcast-quality video standards."

Available in a 1 RU form factor, the Ax100 can be ordered initially as either a transmitting (Tx), receiving (Rx), or as a selectable Tx/Rx unit. Each Ax100 is capable of handling compressed video at up to 100 Mbps, with the ability to software upgrade to the full ASI specification of 213 Mbps or to full uncompressed 270 Mbps SDI/SDTI video. A flexible Fast Ethernet network interface provides high-speed video transmission, and the Ax100 is capable of being upgraded to enable its Gigabit Ethernet interface.

Like all Path 1 products, the Ax100 uses a state of the art embedded processor platform and patent pending algorithms to shield video signals from network impairments imposed by IP networks. Using Path 1's proprietary Encapsulation and Forward Error Correction, the Ax100 prevents problems such as delay, jitter, packet loss, and out-of-order packets delivery, to ensure the highest quality video standards that broadcasters demand, and enabling them to significantly extend their reach in exchanging video content by leveraging the cost-effectiveness, ease of use and flexibility of IP networks.

Key Ax100 features include:

  • Flexible programming options: available in transmit (Tx), receive (Rx) or selectable (Tx/Rx) configurations

  • Upgradeable to full ASI (213 Mbps) or SDI (270 Mbps) capability

  • Standard video interface: DVB-ASI (MPEG-2 TS)

  • Delivers real time broadcast quality video over existing IP networks

  • Path1 Encapsulation and Forward Error Correction (FEC)

  • Standard network interface: Fast Ethernet and optional Gigabit Ethernet

Path 1 Network Technologies Inc.

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