New Products - October 2010
New ViBE does DVB subtitle transcoding
Thomson Video Networks  has introduced the ViBE EM2000 Quad, a new four-channel MPEG-2/MPEG-4 encoder for satellite, cable, IPTV and terrestrial network applications.
And the company claims an industry first with the ViBE EM2000 Quad – the inclusion of built-in DVB subtitle transcoding capabilities. The DVB subtitling transcoder functionality is based on technology from Cavena.
The encoder can reduce the footprint and power consumption of equipment required at the headend while maintaining picture quality. Functions include transcoding of DVB subtitles, logo insertion with fade in/out support, encoding of up to four stereo pairs per channel and dual power supply support.
"Operators now have the option to make substantial savings on space, power consumption and expensive external equipment for subtitle processing, with the ViBE EM2000 Quad providing native redundancy," said Christophe Delahousse, president of Thomson Video Networks.
The ViBE EM2000 Quad supports all of the required audio and video interfaces in one unit (SDI, composite, analog and AES audio), with both ASI and Gigabit Ethernet output interfaces, and features the latest filtering and preprocessing technology for MPEG encoding.
It’s available in single, dual or quad versions.
ESAN - Calix expands its E3 family
Calix  has brought a new Ethernet Service Access Node (ESAN) into its Unified Access portfolio – the E3 family of sealed ESANs – with the debut of the E3-12C.
E3 sealed ESANs provide communications service providers with options for offering high-bandwidth, advanced, very-high-bit-rate VDSL2 services at the remote node. The E3-12C is focused on advanced combo VDSL2 copper services deployment in low-density and remote areas.
The E3 family supports session initiation protocol (SIP) and H.248 voice protocols, supports remote and -48VDC powering, and can be easily installed virtually anywhere in the access network.
The E3-12C can be installed on poles, on walls, in low-profile “dog house” enclosures, or even in the basements of MDUs. Additionally, the E3-12C is fiber-fed, supporting up to two standards-based Gigabit Ethernet uplinks and preparing the access network edge for bandwidth-intensive services like video.
The E3-12C sealed ESANs provide a way to meet broadband demands while strategically driving fiber deployment in the network. Each unit supports up to 12 combo VDSL2 subscribers, and they can be deployed on a “pay-as-you-grow” basis for capex efficiency.
“We were looking for an access solution that was both the right size for rural deployment and allowed us to deliver advanced VDSL2 services, while operationally snapping in to our existing ADSL operational model, and we found the E3-12C to be an ideal fit,” said Gary Cantrell, plant superintendent at Adams Telephone Co-Operative in Golden, Ill.
The E3s complement the Calix Unified Access portfolio, expanding its breadth of solutions across the access network.
Lindsay bows lowcost POE Filter
Lindsay Broadband  has a new addition to its product line: the MoCA Series Low Pass Point of Entry Filter (for short, the LBMLPF POE Filter).
Next-generation cable subscribers are downloading content on-demand and are utilizing digital video recording capabilities, as well as in-home video and data sharing, and MoCAcompatible network components are required for these services. Lindsay is now delivering low-cost Point of Entry Filters to maintain system integrity.
The LBMLPF POE Filter is used at the subscriber entry to prevent interference to and from neighboring MoCA installations. Adjacent subscribers with independently operating MoCA systems will be isolated from each other by 100 dB minimum when the filter is installed at each drop.
The filter is also designed to reflect in the MoCA band, allowing it to aid in the throughput of the MoCA signal on the subscriber side of the installation. The high isolation combined with minimum loss in the HFC band makes the LBMLPF in-line filter a good fit for installs employing MoCA.
Sigma offers cable an RVU solution
Sigma Designs  has introduced RVU-compatible client software for its media processing chipsets and reference designs.
With Sigma's RVU solution, telco, cable and satellite customers have a low-cost, high-performance way to distribute premium AV content – from the home gateway to thin-client set-top boxes and consumer products – throughout the home with a consistent user interface. OEMs can now develop and deploy networked consumer products using Sigma's feature-rich reference designs.
"Our deep expertise in IPTV and connected media players has given us the edge in developing a low-cost, comprehensive connectivity solution using RVU for our cable, satellite and telco customer base," said David Lynch, vice president and general manager of the media processor business unit at Sigma Designs. "Sigma's solution accelerates the growth of IPbased audio-video distribution in the home by giving service providers and OEMs the ability to rapidly deploy interoperable consumer products."
The RVU protocol, standardized by the RVU Alliance, is based on existing industry standards (UPnP, DLNA, DTCP-IP).
Sigma's RVU client software port, which was developed jointly with JetHead Development, augments Sigma's Adobe Flash, Google Android, Yahoo Widgets, Netflix and OpenGL ES 2.0 software modules.
IPTV - Entone debuts WebVOD Hybrid TV application
Entone  has launched its WebVOD Hybrid TV solution, an application that is integrated with leading middleware solutions to enhance IPTV services.
By downloading the WebVOD application to subscribers’ set-top boxes, IPTV service providers can now offer hybrid TV services combining broadcast television and overthe-top media services that were previously only available through separate store-bought devices.
WebVOD enables operators to offer videoon-demand services over the Internet, allowing consumers to select from online movie libraries that include thousands of HD titles. The solution is pre-integrated with leading middleware solutions and does not require any modifications to the middleware.
One of the leading Web media services enabled by Entone’s WebVOD solution is Vudu.
“From our extensive research on OTT, the hybrid OTT model is one that we expect to be very successful,” said Mike Galli, senior analyst at MRG. “The fact that Entone’s WebVOD application can work with already-deployed IPTV STBs makes this solution ideal for service providers wanting to add VOD to their service portfolio.”
Entone’s WebVOD application is immediately available to video service providers deploying Entone’s hybrid devices.
“With our WebVOD application, operators can instantly deploy VOD services without the costs and complexities typically associated with equipment and personnel required to operate such a service,” said Ameer Karim, vice president of hybrid TV solutions at Entone. “By moving the operator’s VOD service to the cloud, an operator can deliver a VOD service, literally overnight, with a broad complement of other differentiating Web-media services such as online music, photo sharing, social media and the like.”
Hitachi brings AMN6200 to Americas
Hitachi Communication Technologies America  has made available in North America the AMN6200 wavelength division multiplexing system for enterprise, metro and long-haul optical transport applications.
The AMN6200 is currently deployed internationally, with more than 2,500 systems in service. It provides an extensive selection of interfaces, including Ethernet up to 10G, TDM from 155M to 10G, and Fiber Channel from 1G to 4G, with more interfaces planned for 2011. The AMN6200 supports multiple topologies, including point-topoint, ring, star and spur, or any combination.
“The Fiber Channel interface and the ability to serve CWDM and DWDM from the same chassis makes the AMN-6200 an ideal solution for data center connectivity,” said Scott Wilkinson, vice president of Hitachi. “The system supports timesensitive, mission-critical business processes such as remote replication, storage area network (SAN) extension and data center consolidation across large distances.”