R&S New AVHE100 Enables Scalable Encoding

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R&S AVHE100 is a fully software-based, flexible multi-codec platform supporting HEVC, H.264 and MPEG-2. Codecs and resolutions can be mixed and combined with statistical multiplex function. Intelligent allocation of data rates allows for transmission of more programs at the same time or transmission of programs at higher picture quality. Significant features include easy upgradation, low capital and operating expenditure, CrossFlowIP feature for enhanced redundancy. Dedicated encoder packages optimized for specific applications are now available in 1x UHD, 4x HD HEVC and 8x HD H.264 models.

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NAB 2018: New Rohde & Schwarz Encoder Packages Advance the State of the Art

Rohde & Schwarz is adding lean encoder packages to its successful R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution, allowing customers to enhance R&S AVHE100 and third-party platforms with new, higher performance encoders. The versatile, scalable R&S AVHE100 software platform supports high dynamic range (HDR) video transmissions. It is prepared for SMPTE ST 2110. The R&S AVHE100 is being presented in live demonstrations at NAB 2018 IP Showcase (booth C12634), where the platform is fed with an SMPTE ST 2110 signal and delivers an HEVC transport stream over IP.

NAB 2018, Las Vegas — The R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution is a fully software-based, flexible multi-codec platform that supports HEVC, H.264 and MPEG-2. All available codecs and resolutions can be mixed, even in combination with the statistical multiplex function. Network operators can continue using legacy formats until any planned transition to newer formats is completed. The intelligent allocation of data rates results in enhanced efficiency, making it possible either to transmit more programs at a time or to transmit programs at a higher picture quality. The R&S AVHE100 offers the highest picture quality currently available for HEVC-encoded content thanks to its integrated HEVC encoder developed by the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI).

The R&S AVHE100 can deliver all processing steps required for a complete broadcast chain on just a single server. It can be easily upgraded to integrate any enhancements and expansions to coding and transmission standards. This significantly lowers capital and operating expenditure (CAPEX and OPEX) for installation, required space, energy, cooling, spare parts management and training. The proprietary Rohde & Schwarz R&S CrossFlowIP feature provides enhanced redundancy, ensuring seamless input and output signal switching in the event of a fault.

In many cases, network operators do not replace complete headends. Instead, they replace encoders with new, more powerful devices one by one, while taking the opportunity to install higher performance codecs with higher resolutions. This allows a more efficient use of available bandwidth in order to broadcast a more attractive range of channels. The German premium vendor Rohde & Schwarz now offers dedicated encoder packages optimized for specific applications. Available models include, for example, 1x UHD, 4x HD HEVC and 8x HD H.264, each in a single, compact box. Another model addresses the ISDB-T market in particular, providing 1x HD, 1x SD and 1x One-Seg in a single device.

The new encoder packages are now available from Rohde & Schwarz.

Press contacts:  North America: Maryam Larki Bavi (phone: +1 818-846-3600 x1411; email: Maryam.LarkiBavi@rsa.rohde-schwarz.com 

Rohde & Schwarz

The Rohde & Schwarz technology group develops, produces and markets innovative test and measurement, information and communications technology products for professional users. Rohde & Schwarz focuses on test and measurement, broadcast and media, cybersecurity, secure communications and monitoring and network testing, areas that address many different industry and government-sector market segments. Founded more than 80 years ago, the independent company has an extensive sales and service network in more than 70 countries. On June 30, 2017, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 10,500 employees. The group achieved a net revenue of approximately EUR 1.9 billion in the 2016/2017 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and also has regional hubs in Asia and the USA.

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