NEW PRODUCTS - January 2010
OVER-THE-TOP - Dreampark Goes Multi-Platform With New Suite
Dreampark has a new software solution that facilitates multi-platform TV offerings by making it possible to provide IP video with an operator’s current network and back office systems.
The Dreamgallery software suite enables operators to present their customers with IPTV services over IP networks and/or different types of hybrid solutions, as well as over-the-top services.
The system works, even for service providers that do not have access to the appropriate network infrastructure to guarantee bandwidth but aim to provide continuous content directly to existing and prospective customers.
Dreampark’s next-gen portal enables operators to utilize OTT services and Web content to give their customers additional viewing options. It is necessary to have the same user interface in both the controlled environment, such as IPTV, and in the OTT environment so that operators can keep the same branding across the UI, the company said.
Dreampark’s user interface – which is based on Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) – may be designed to provide subscribers with an identical look and feel for both services, making it easier to move back and forth between OTT and managed IPTV services.
The Dreamgallery software uses native Web technology and is a browser-based solution, based on W3C standards, and it provides facilities to easily port existing applications to the TV environment.
The suite is currently in large-scale commercial operations in various installations.
ZyXel unveils multi-service gateway
ZyXel Communications has debuted the ZLR-2070S, what the company said is the world’s first fixed LTE CPE/SOHO router. The ZLR-2070S is an all-in-one, multi-service gateway that leverages SoC technology to deliver LTE connectivity.
Designed specifically for residences and SOHOs, the ZLR-2070S boasts broadband Internet connectivity; two VoIP ports; home networking via a four-port, 11n wireless switch; and a USB port (to share devices, such as printers and storage). Service providers also can use the ZLR-2070S to enable DLNA and other “smart home” automation services.
The ZLR-2070S offers data rates with up to 50 Mbps throughput, which is faster than 3G technologies like HSPA/EVDO.
Based on the router’s 4G wireless connectivity, the device is ideal for operators looking to provide service in rural or other traditionally underserved markets where new wireline deployments are costprohibitive. This portability also makes the device ideal for any scenario in which customers need high-speed, multiuser Internet access in a temporary location, such as construction sites or special events.
ZyXel will demonstrate the device at CES 2010.
Conexant intros ‘smart home’ encoder
Conexant Systems has unveiled a new video encoder for residential “smart home” and commercial security applications. The CX93510 allows video streams to be captured and recorded simultaneously, and it’s targeted at products including motion sensors with passive infrared (PIR) technology, intercoms, baby monitors and IP network cameras.
The new solution can also be used with Conexant’s recently introduced CX2070X SoC solutions to enable video and audio capabilities in security systems and intercoms.
The CX93510 operates at 12 milliamperes in full power and at 10 nanoamps in sleep mode.
Additional features include industry-standard motion JPEG (MJPEG) compression and Conexant’s proprietary differential encoding technology, which is used to compress multiple image frames but only encode the difference between pre-determined reference frames.
Ipera joins TV Everywhere party
Ipera Technology recently launched its upgraded Pixel Xtream v2 HD and SD video transcoder software.
Developed for high-volume, highspeed video processing, the new version of Pixel Xtream offers enhanced encoding options and control, as well as expanded HD and professional format support – including MXF – for easier integration into filebased workflows.
Ipera also upgraded Pixel Xtream’s built-in enhancement engine, boosting the platform’s speed and output quality.
The new Pixel Xtream v2 is designed to address the highquality and low-bandwidth video distribution requirements of broadcasters, programmers, and cable and telco service providers that are currently pushing more live and archived video content online for “TV Everywhere.” The software can process large volumes of simultaneous encode, transcode and transrate operations.
P i x e l Xtream’s always-on enhancement mode removes distortions and applies visual enhancements without operator intervention, resulting in better video quality, lower bit rates and improved productivity, according to the company.
Ipera has integrated Pixel Xtream v2 into the Pixel Xtream L2200 and L2200P live streaming transcoder hardware, making them suitable for delivering either video-on-demand or live video content from a single appliance.
“Pixel Xtream is the ultimate solution for addressing the unique, multi-format video distribution needs of any content provider,” said Ian Xie, CEO of Ipera Technology.
VeEx intros next-gen test solution
VeEx has added the multifunctional VePal TX130+ test platform to its range of handheld access network diagnostic tools.
Equipped with PDH/DSn, datacom and Ethernet interface options, the TX130+ performs traditional ITU-T/ANSI transmission tests required by large telcos and mobile operators, as well as Ethernet tests for newer, IP-based networks.
The TX130+ can also be equipped with ISDN PRI and VF channel analysis.
John Joo, VeEx’s director of product marketing for transport products, said: "As new technology emerges, many test and measurement vendors tend to focus on developing technology-specific products demanded by the marketplace for a given and relatively short technology cycle only. Our goal with the TX130+ platform is to offer customers a single, multifunctional instrument to verify new Ethernet access networks, but not forgetting about the large installed base of legacy PDH/DSn transmission and datacom networks where significant money has already been invested.”
The TX130+ is designed for field engineers that need an easy-to-use, handheld and battery-powered field unit. To simplify and ensure rapid testing, the unit auto-configures itself to the signal detected, minimizing operator involvement, VeEx said.
- Supports DS1/DS3 bit rates; PDH E1/E3 optional
- Level and frequency measurements
- Auto-configuration of network type, bit rate, line coding framing and test pattern
- Error and alarm generation and analysis
- Histogram and event analysis for errors and alarms
- Round-trip delay on all interfaces
- Transmit frequency offset to stress clock recovery circuits
- DS1/DS3 loop capability
- 10/100-T Ethernet testing for BERT, throughput, loopback and RFC2544 in single stream
- 1000-T Ethernet testing
- Jitter analysis on all rates; wander analysis on E1 and DS1 rate