Matrox Expands Lineup of Market’s Highest Density H.264 4:2:2 10 Bit Codec Cards

Matrox Video today unveiled two new additions to the M264 family of developer products, the M264 S2 and the M264 S3, doubling and tripling the performance available in the M264 line. With the capability for up to three channels of 4K XAVC encoding/decoding in a single slot card, the M264 family now enables OEMs to provide multi-channel 4K production servers on a PC platform.

The 3/4 length PCI Express Gen3 x16 Matrox M264 S2 and S3 provide an instantaneous H.264 quality and density boost offering the pristine quality needed for broadcast contribution, production, and distribution. The M264 family can now encode/decode up to three streams of 4Kp60 at 4:2:2 10-bit, 30 streams of HD long GOP at 4:2:2 10-bit, or 48 streams of HD at 4:2:0 8-bit. The faster than real-time encoding/decoding ability of the M264 allows multiple blazing fast transcodes for distribution on differing media platforms.

With onboard multi-channel, motion-adaptive deinterlacing, and up/down/cross scaling, the M264 family can repurpose content into any resolution before encoding or after decoding, particularly beneficial for OTT workflows. Specifically designed for high-density encoding/decoding (Baseline Profile to High 10 Intra Profile up to Level 5.2), M264 cards provide the highest possible quality at the lowest power per stream (<1.5 W per HD stream).

“Live 4K production workflows are adopting mezzanine codecs such as Sony XAVC and Panasonic AVC-Ultra,” said Alberto Cieri, Senior director of sales and marketing, Matrox Video. “Only with the M264 S2 or S3, 4K production can be as easy as today’s XDCAM HD workflows on PC platforms.”

Matrox M264 cards are the ideal H.264 accelerators for channel-in-a-box systems, video servers, broadcast graphics systems, multiviewers, and switchers or create high-density encoders, transcoders and other broadcast media equipment.

Comprehensive development tools in the Matrox DSX SDKs for Windows® or Linux® include versatile file reading/writing, memory management, IP streaming, synchronization mechanisms and a large selection of software codecs and effects. A prototyping tool provides a graphical representation of all hardware components so developers can simulate and test their use cases within minutes, before writing a single line of code. From a single development effort, broadcast equipment manufacturers can create a variety of products at a full range of price/performance levels.

Matrox M264 S2 & S3 will be on display at IBC2016 (Amsterdam, Sept. 9–13, stand 7.B29).






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