Network Attached Processor for Broadcast IP

Axon’s Neuron is a 100G-capable signal processing platform launching at IBC 2018

Axon will use IBC 2018 to present Neuron, the Network Attached Processor (NAP). Developed to address the needs of complex IP and hybrid environments, this next generation signal processing platform supports 200 Gb/s and 64 channels or 16 UHD channels in a single rack unit.

Axon Neuron. Source: Axon

“The move to IP is causing many in the broadcast industry sleepless nights, particularly the challenge of integrating and controlling increasingly complex technology layers whilst providing guaranteed bandwidth performance for new formats such as UHD,” says Axon’s CTO Peter Schut. “To resolve these issues, a NAP is required: a Network Attached Processor! And with our new Neuron NAP, Axon is setting the standard.”

For those heading to a pure native IP infrastructure, the Neuronis efficient ‘modular glue’ in a centralised and virtual environment, capable of processing all the tasks needed in a live and baseband video domain. It enables multiple channels in a single device and eliminates physical cascading of products to offer the possibility to interconnect in any order desired, without actually running different cables.

New formats such as Ultra HD and 8K use up an exponentially growing amount of bandwidth. This is where Neuron comes into its own. Within a single 1 rack unit, it can process 200 Gb/s and deliver 64 1080p channels or 16 UHD channels in that same rack space.

As media production increasingly moves from a hardware-centric to an application-based approach and mixed CAPEX/OPEX business models are adopted, the scalability and performance offered by Neuron will enable the flexible delivery of different types of production - opening up further opportunities for broadcasters and hoping to deliver savings both in terms of space and budgets.

For those taking a hybrid path to IP, it is clear that deployment of COTS switches and CPU-based hardware has failed to provide the functionality present in SDI routers such as embedding, de-embedding, up, down, cross frame synchronization and multi-viewers, as stated on Axon's account. Neuron bridges that gap by providing impressive FGPA-based processing power with efficient connection to legacy SDI I/O. By bundling SDI technology into an IP platform, all audio and video processing tasks are managed with ultra high bandwidth. Up to 80 SDI connectors can be added in that same 1RU.

“We are confident that Neuron will both ease and accelerate the move to IP - particularly in sports production where its guaranteed bandwidth performance will support the rollout of new formats including 8K.”

Visitors to IBC can learn about Axon’s Neuron on Stand 10.A21.

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