The new Matrox X.mio5 Q25 SMPTE ST 2110 NIC card integrated by Pebble.

For Immediate Release

Adds more uncompressed IP inputs and outputs to Dolphin integrated channel device –  Enables destination time switching without glitches or delays – Avoids the need for additional switching hardware

Weybridge, UK, August 23rd, 2018 – On stand 8.B68 at IBC Pebble Beach Systems will be showcasing its Dolphin integrated channel device with enhanced uncompressed multi-channel 4K and 25GbE IP functionality, thanks to the integration of the award-winning Matrox X.mio5 Q25 SMPTE ST 2110 network interface controller (NIC) card
Daniel Robinson, Head of Product Development at Pebble explains why the integration of the new card is significant:

“Dolphin already offers multiple I/O options to cater for the diverse requirements of our growing user base. A wide range of standards and protocols are supported including SDI, uncompressed and compressed IP, and NDI. Integrating the new X.mio5 Q25 SMPTE 2110 NIC card now enables multiple SMPTE ST 2110 UHD streams for uncompressed IP whilst, crucially, not increasing the load on the CPU. This significantly enhances the flexibility of Dolphin for uncompressed IP playout architectures. When the number of inputs is limited, users can encounter glitches and delays when switching between incoming streams. Thanks to the increased number of inputs this NIC offers, multiple uncompressed IP transport streams can be fed to Dolphin concurrently so that when the input is switched, the stream is already running and ready for a seamless changeover. This destination time switching also means that the additional switching hardware is not required.”

Dolphin is a compact and cost-effective integrated channel device which, operating under the control of Pebble’s Marina automation, delivers highly automated integrated audio, video and graphics functionality for ingest, channel branding and frame-accurate multi-channel playout. The flexible pipeline design enables the virtual output chain to be customised for each channel, specifying the order in which functions including graphics, effects, aspect ratio conversion are handled within the system.
Equipped with 25GbE and 10GbE interfaces, Matrox X.mio5 Q25 features multi-channel IP video I/O from HD to 4K—with zero CPU usage—on-board multi-channel HDR conversions, along with motion adaptive de-interlacing, pristine scaling, and powerful compositing engines for high-density 4K video processing. Designed as a video-aware COTS SMPTE ST 2110 NIC card, X.mio5 Q25 delivers 24/7 reliability and interoperability required of broadcast equipment, while offering the flexibility and scalability expected of IP infrastructures including standard network stack functionality.


Pebble Beach Systems Showcases ‘IP in Action’ with Multiple Vendors

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 Weybridge, UK, August 14th, 2018Pebble Beach Systems, will be demonstrating interoperability with a range of best of breed solutions across multiple IP standards in an ‘IP playout in Action’ feature on stand 8.B68 at IBC this September.
Pebble’s IP Playout Pod is the latest initiative from the automation, workflow and playout specialist in this space. The company will showcase SMPTE 2022-6/7, SMPTE 2110, NDI®, and the NMOS suite of standards in a playout chain architected especially for IBC featuring vendors including Arista, Embrionix, AJA, Vizrt, Tektronix, NewTek, Matrox, Atos and Suitcase TV.
Head of Software Architecture Miroslav Jeras stated:

“Pebble has long been regarded as the expert in playout automation, with solutions encompassing ingest and playout automation as well as integrated and virtualised channel technology. As broadcasters seek to transition to IP architectures, they are understandably seeking to work with those vendors who can demonstrate working solutions and who have experience in this space. With a number of high-profile installations and a proven managed migration strategy, Pebble is ideally placed to share its expertise with media companies who are investigating this path. To this end, we’ve drawn together a high-profile group of vendors that we are proud to feature on our stand.”

As part of the IP playout demonstration, Pebble will be demonstrating a new open standard ‘Event & Tally’ protocol for signalling events in real time. Under development as part of the AMWA initiative, this is a vendor-agnostic protocol which allows for the exchange of signals across a network, much as GPI triggers have traditionally been used. For the broadcaster, this offers interoperability between systems built using COTS hardware in a software-based IP/NMOS environment, with tally indicators signalling when a state is changed or in response to user actions.

Miroslav adds “In addition to demonstrating this new protocol, we are also working on an Audio Channel Mapping API to deliver interoperability in audio workflow control within an NMOS environment.  The goal is to enable end users and integrators building systems out of IP-connected off-the-shelf hardware & software processes to achieve a level of interoperability in audio workflow control functions which means they do not need to rely on vendors for specific development or integration work. This commitment to open standards and interoperability is fundamental to Pebble’s approach, and we’re looking forward to showing and discussing these developments at IBC.”

In addition to the IP Playout Pod on Stand 8.B68, Pebble technology will be on display in interoperability demos on the Cisco and Arista stands, and Pebble will once again be participating in the IP Showcase in Room E106.