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Tandberg TV introduces its next generation IP headend infrastructure, iSIS 8000, for the European cable market
May 31, 2006
SOUTHAMPTON, U.K. -- TANDBERG Television (TAT.OL) is launching its next generation IP head-end infrastructure - the iSIS 8000 – into the European cable market at ANGA this week. This complete IP-based architecture is designed to enable cable operators to leverage IP technology both at the network core and in last mile TV delivery. It includes best-in-class MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and SMPTE VC-1 video encoding and transcoding, new receiver/decoders, the new MX8400 IP multiplexer, the TANDBERG iPlex transrater and the TANDBERG xQ6800 dense QAM modulator. The iSIS 8000 IP solution has been based on over five years of IP development at TANDBERG Television, and brought together under a single control and management system, nCompass.
“The needs of European cable operators are diverse and we are coming to ANGA with the industry’s most comprehensive offering to the cable industry, designed to help analog operators migrate to digital and digital operators to launch compelling on-demand and interactive services,” says Adrian Bell, EMEA and APAC Cable Business Manager at TANDBERG Television. “IP has growing momentum in the European cable market and the question from our customers is not why IP, but when? The launch of our new IP solutions will enable our cable customers to experience the benefits of IP throughout their central and regional head-end infrastructures.”
At the heart of the iSIS 8000 system is TANDBERG Television’s extensive capability in video processing and multiplexing, now further expanded with the addition of the SkyStream iPlex and MediaPlex solutions. New for ANGA is the TANDBERG MX8400 IP Multiplexer, a next generation product designed for central head-end applications such as primary multiplexing for large cable systems. This open standards, IP-based product enables the simplification of systems and with support for up to 4 independent multiplexed outputs from a single unit, eases future expansion and delivers significant reduction in infrastructure costs. Moreover, the combination of ReflexTM statistical multiplexing and advanced multiplexing architectures ensures maximum usage of available bit-rate. TANDBERG Television has always led the market in terms of conditional access integration and has continued this with the iSIS 8000, including a number of DVB Simulcrypt integrations that are available at launch.
Following the acquisition of SkyStream Networks earlier this year TANDBERG Television has integrated the iPlex into the iSIS 8000 system. The iPlex is a flexible video processing platforms capable of MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC SD encoding, MPEG-2 SD transrating, MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 AVC transcoding, multiplexing, de-multiplexing, routing and streaming. This extremely flexible platform, now integrated with the TANDBERG nCompass control platform, provides an excellent solution for regional encoding and re-multiplexing as well as transrating and transcoding at the central site.
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