Imagine doubles the density of ICE
Imagine Communications has released another upgrade to its ICE video processing platform.
Chief among the capabilities of the new version of the system – v4.3 – is a doubling of system density, which the company said leads to power savings per stream of up to 50 percent and significantly reduced total hardware costs.
Other features include MPEG DASH streaming, enhanced usability, and remote diagnostic tools.
The latest update comes just months after the last. 
The ICE Video Platform Blade System now supports over 500 simultaneous inputs and outputs, with integrated support for HD and SD statistical multiplexing, re-coding and TV Anywhere transcoding, the company said.
Multi-codec and Multiscreen audio and video transcoding along with HLS and DASH packaging, allows service providers to receive content in any format and distribute in any format to any device, over any service delivery network.
ICE is also available on a high-density 1RU and 2 RU platforms capable of delivering up to 16 1080p HD or 32 SD video channels.
The latest version also provides for automatic gain control for audio. With dual mode automatic audio loudness leveling, the ICE Video Platform can adjust both quickly to rapid changes in audio level (typical of program or ad insertion) as well as slowly to allow for the dramatic integrity of loud or quiet scenes to be maintained, the company said.
Local broadcast channels have special requirements with regard to the PSIP (Program and System Information Protocol) data carried along with the video and audio streams, Imagine explained. The ICE Video Platform 4.3 not only offers service providers with a mechanism to maintain support for PSIP data, but additionally provides a unique PID remapping and redundancy solution without the use of any additional equipment or licensing.
Imagine Communications said version 4.3 of the ICE Video Platform is now in deployment at several large North American service providers for IPTV, broadcast multiplexing and switched digital video staging. Imagine claims ICE technology is in position to serve more than half of all U.S. digital cable subscribers.