The Appear TV X10/X20 platform is a dedicated solution for high speed video networking, enhanced IP security, video distribution and contribution. Designed for near limitless capacity, extensive video awareness, enhanced security, operational simplicity and exceptionally high reliability, the platform redefines video delivery.
With IP network technology and infrastructure evolving, the distribution of video is changing. Legacy infrastructure are being replaced by transmission over standard IP-based networks. With 10G and 100G IP infrastructures available, broadcasters seek ways to use the added capacity, primarily for internal uncompressed or lightly compressed video contribution.
Specifically designed for IP-centric operations, the X10/X20 chassis has a significant video processing capacity. 10G bi-directional IP interfaces provide firewall-grade IP security at every connection node.
Operating at a minimum internal throughput of 140G, the new backplane extends Appear TV’s tradition of patented redundancy options.
The X platform supports conversion of uncompressed video from/to legacy SDI and SDI over IP with options to perform “light” compression/decompression using intra-codecs such as TICO and JPEG2000 or full encoding/decoding using AVC or HEVC. With backplane latency of less than 1ms, universal applicability for virtually any video application is ensured, as is the implementation of both current and future IP video standards, including SMPTE2110 and SMPTE2022-6.
The X platform consists of a compact 1RU - X10 as well as a capacious 2RU - X20 option. Both chassis can be used independently, or in conjunction with Appear TV’s widely deployed XC5000 and XC5100 chassis. Built around an in-house developed, high capacity bus architecture that connects all modules, the X platform operates with dual hot-swappable power supplies, dual front-mounted control modules and six or twelve rear-mounted option slots. A -48VDC power supply option is also available.
Dual control modules can optionally be fitted to either model, and will operate in active/active redundancy mode with redundant backplanes to provide seamless recovery from many critical fault scenarios. All option modules mounted in the rear are interchangeable between the X10 and X20.
The product can be fitted with a range of input, processing, and output modules that enable bridging between commonly used legacy video platforms and an all IP infrastructure. With support for MPEG TS multiplexing, DVB scrambling/descrambling and dense power efficient AVC/HEVC encoding/decoding, the X platform is ideal for video processing in legacy DVB network such as cable, satellite, terrestrial and IPTV. The Control/Switch module and the Dual IP IO modules provide native 10G uni-directional and bi-directional port connectivity.
All modules are hot-swappable (including power supplies and fans). The new software architecture enables different software versions to run on different modules, allowing new functionalities to be delivered to customers faster.
Service density can be defined up to 2,000 services in and out per module, while set-up and configuration is streamlined. By enabling the organization of services and multiplexes into several groups with a set of individually defined rules for each group, the operator can quickly apply changes to multiple services or multiplexes. Extensive search capabilities allow the operator to easily locate groups, services, etc.