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RGB upgrades video processor

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 1:37pm
Brian Santo

RGB Networks said it will have its new Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMGT) Gen 2, the second-generation model of its VMG product line, at the NAB Show next week.

VMG Gen 2 is the core of RGB's “Multiscreen 2.0” platform that allows video service providers (VSPs) to expand and streamline their TV Everywhere services. The VMG Gen 2 features new levels for stream processing density and capacity with the ability to transcode (MPEG-2 to H.264 and H.264 to MPEG-2) and perform resolution change on more than 1,150 video streams in a single chassis.

What qualifies the VMG Gen 2 solution as a major upgrade is its new TCM2+ transcoder, a scalable plug-in module the company says offers more than double the transcoding capacity of its predecessor.

Along with the new, more powerful NPM2+ network controller, these modules are housed in either of RGB's new, carrier-class chassis, available in 8RU or 14RU models for maximum deployment scalability.

These entirely new modules have been built from the ground up to improve performance, scalability and picture quality. Enhanced video on the transcoder is enabled by new motion-adaptive de-interlacing and improved scaling technology required in adaptive streaming applications.

The VMG Gen 2 is managed by RGB's new multi-node workflow management system, which allows VSPs to configure and control a cluster of VMG Gen 2 chassis and TransAct Packager devices. This is particularly helpful for large deployments as it streamlines the overall workflow of managing multiple chassis processing thousands of channels.

Due to its modular and flexible nature, the VMG Gen 2 is a 'future proof' solution, inasmuch as future upgrades would simply require plugging in new modules with new features and functionality.

A key benefit of this flexibility is exemplified by the ability of the VMG Gen 2 to support emerging codecs, such as HEVC, through software and hardware upgrades, RGB said.

New plug-and-play modules with new capabilities benefit from the system and control-layer infrastructure already in place in the VMG Gen 2 chassis, including in-chassis module redundancy and 10GigE input and output interfaces. The HEVC-ready VMG Gen 2 platform delivers carrier-class reliability, with the scalability and future flexibility that VSPs require in a rapidly evolving video delivery environment.

"As many of our competitors are just field-testing their first generation solutions, we continue to outpace them with the second generation of our highly successful VMG product line, which has been proven in large scale deployments with major cable operators and telecom carriers around the world," said Nabil Kanaan, vice president, product management for RGB Networks.

"We've more than doubled the density already offered by RGB's chassis-based platform, enabling video service providers to cost effectively meet growing subscriber demand for more channels, on more devices, without compromising on video quality. Complementing this is the addition of stream conditioning for ad insertion services, another key feature for next-gen multiscreen deployments."

Kanaan added: "With this significant upgrade to a key component of our 'Multiscreen 2.0' solution, RGB is demonstrating our commitment to providing the most advanced solution for delivering and monetizing TV Everywhere and OTT services."

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