Barco Silex at InfoComm, demonstrating professional OEM boards for HDMI transport over IP

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium - May 26, 2016 - Barco Silex, the leading provider of FPGA-based video solutions – will exhibit at InfoComm 2016 (June 8 - 10, Las Vegas), booth C8720. The company will demonstrate its brand-new Viper boards along with its advanced IP solutions for the professional AV market. The Viper allows transport of high-resolution video up to 4K/UHD HDMI over a 1Gbit Ethernet cable. The innovative board is designed for seamless integration into such applications as video conferencing, residential AV distribution, digital signage and video walls, or real-time local video networks.

Jean-Marie Cloquet, product manager of Barco Silex’ video division comments: “With the accelerating adoption of IP-based video transport, OEMs are looking to upgrade their offering to be ready to plug into commodity Ethernet cabling. But at the same time, they have to support 4K/UHD formats that allow for a more immersive user experience. Our new boards offer a cost-efficient, high-quality solution that solves both challenges at once.”

The Viper product line consists of a transmit and receive board. The TX board is used to interface the HDMI source and put the audio/video on the IP network. On the receiving end sit one or more RX boards that decompress the stream and hand it to the application’s display hardware. An alternative setup uses several TX boards, each adding a channel to the network, with the RX boards able to tune into each channel. With its flexible configurations, Viper enables any pro-AV application.

Built around a SoC FPGA, the Viper board has built-in hardware compression/decompression based on Barco Silex’ acclaimed IP cores. The compression codec is VC-2 Low Delay (SMPTE 2042), which results in lossless quality at an ultralow end-to-end delay of a mere 5ms at 60 fps. The video/audio path is processed in real-time within the FPGA fabric while the processor is handling all the control and configuration of the board. Both the FPGA firmware and the CPU software can be easily upgraded, making it future proof, and allowing OEM- or application-specific customization.

“Viper offers a combination of speed, quality and flexibility that is hard to beat,” says Mr. Cloquet. “But on top, we added a number of features that make these boards really unique. The audio/video transmission is encrypted for confidentiality and protected against packet drops with forward error correction (FEC). Viper also supports upscaling/downscaling and cropping of the video to match the receiving display. And on top of the video, the administrator may insert logos, image or text. With the Power-over-Ethernet feature, the power supply may be provided over the same Ethernet cable as the audio and video, omitting the need for external power supply.”

About Barco Silex

Barco Silex is the leading provider of high-end image compression technology for hardware including JPEG, JPEG2000 and VC-2 Low Delay. Next to its professional AV boards, Barco Silex also licenses a wide range of video compression technology for integration in professional AV products, in the form of IP blocs for ASIC or FPGA. This technology has been adopted by leading companies in the broadcast, professional AV and defense market. In addition to AV technology, Barco Silex also specializes in security and cryptography. Combined with video transport, this ensures secure video transmission and content protection solutions. Barco Silex is a subsidiary of Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR), the global leader in networked visualization products for the entertainment, enterprise and healthcare markets.

About Barco

Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and APAC. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 3,300 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.029 billion euro in 2015.

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