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SharpCaster™ PCIE-8205
Preliminary Data Sheet
Broadcast Video Accelerator
All-in-one solution enables broadcastquality video applications in standard
servers
ƒƒ Complete software and hardware
encode and transcode solution for
broadcast applications, including:
•
Main and multi-screen distribution
•
DSNG and live event contribution
encoders with 10-bit 4:2:2 support
•
Ingest & play-out servers
ƒƒ Up to 8 main-screen or 16 multi-screen
ABR (Adaptive Bit Rate) HD transcodes
per card
ƒƒ Up to 4 main-screen or 16 multi-screen
ABR HD encodes per card
ƒƒ Ready to license for multi-channel
Dolby Digital Pro, AAC-LC, HE-AAC and
MPEG-1 Layer II audio support
ƒƒ Full-height, half-length PCI Express form
factor compatible with 1RU and 2RU
servers
ƒƒ Support for high video quality features:
•
Motion estimation
•
Real-life video coding
•
IDR, PTS and GoP aligned ABR
support
•
Interlaced to progressive conversion
ƒƒ MPEG-2 and H.264 encoding
and transcoding
The Artesyn SharpCaster™ PCIE-8205 broadcast video accelerator delivers the highestdensity solution with no compromise in video quality for the most demanding broadcast
application requirements. It is designed to meet the needs of MSOs (multi Service Operators)
who must deploy new video services and subscriber features over their networks, with the
right level of scalability and high video quality.
Compared to software-only solutions, the SharpCaster PCIE-8205 accelerator delivers
scalability in terms of higher video quality versus channel density, less power and less server
footprint. By using a standard off-the-shelf PCI Express form factor, the SharpCaster
PCIE-8205 accelerator is easily deployable in off the shelf platforms, which can advance
broadcast application development.
Through its use of the Magnum D7 Pro broadcast SoC technology, the SharpCaster
PCIE-8205 accelerator delivers industry leading video quality and channel densities with
software application stacks specifically designed to meet the most challenging requirements
for each application in the contribution, production and distribution broadcast market
segments.
Full support for the Magnum software application stacks and ProAPI, combined with support
for SDI/ASI inputs and transport stream access across the PCIe interface allows broadcast
OEMs to focus on delivering innovative software features in a standard server platform
without compromising video quality, density and power.
SharpCaster PCIE-8205 Preliminary Data Sheet
High-quality Video Broadcast Functions
ƒƒ Up to 80 Mbps CABAC
ƒƒ Real-life video coding features:
ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION
ƒƒ Enables broadcast-quality video applications in standard servers
•
Fade detection
ƒƒ Complete software and hardware encode and transcode
solution for broad cast applications:
•
Flash detection
•
Skin tone detection
•
Noise filtering
•
Pre-deblocking
•
Main and multi-screen distribution
•
DSNG and live event contribution encoders with 10-bit 4:2:2 support
•
ƒƒ IDR, PTS and GoP aligned ABR support
Ingest & play-out servers
ƒƒ Interlaced to progressive conversion
TRANSCODING SUPPORT
ƒƒ SD to HD up-scaling and HD to SD downscaling
ƒƒ Up to 8 main-screen or 16 multi-screen ABR (Adaptive Bit Rate)
HD transcodes per card
ƒƒ Aspect ratio conversion
ƒƒ Up to 4 main-screen or 16 multi-screen ABR HD encodes per card
ƒƒ Logo insertion and graphics overlay with animation and fade-in/
out support
ƒƒ Any to any transcoding – MPEG-2 and H.264
ƒƒ Statistical multiplexing support
ƒƒ MPEG-2 transport stream support over PCIe
ENCODING SUPPORT
ƒƒ Up to 4 HD/SD 10-bit 4:2:2 encodes per card
AUDIO SUPPORT
ƒƒ MPEG-2 and H.264 encoding
ƒƒ Multi-channel Dolby Digital Pro (end-user license required)
ƒƒ AAC-LC
BROADCAST VIDEO FEATURES
ƒƒ Hierarchical motion estimation with large search ranges
ƒƒ All available mode decisions
ƒƒ HE-AAC
ƒƒ MPEG-1 Layer II audio support
Representative Performance
Example Video Processing Application
Software Stack
# of D7 Pros
480I30 H.264 to 480I30 MPEG2
R11.0
1080I30 MPEG2 to 1080I30 H.264
R11.0
HD MPEG2 to 720P30 H.264
R11.1
HD/SD H.264 to 480I30 H.264
R11.1
1 x SharpCaster™
1 x SharpCaster™
2 x SharpCaster™
2
4
8
4 x SharpCaster™
16
16 ch input ->
16 ch output
4 ch input ->
4 ch output
4 ch input ->
8 ch output
4 ch input ->
16 ch output
32 ch input ->
32 ch output
8 ch input ->
8 ch output
8 ch input ->
16 ch output
8 ch input ->
32 ch output
64 ch input ->
64 ch output
16 ch input ->
16 ch output
16 ch input ->
32 ch output
16 ch input ->
64 ch outputt
128 ch input ->
128 ch output
32 ch input ->
32 ch output
32 ch input ->
64 ch output
32 ch input ->
128 ch output
* Table to be used as reference point. Please refer to SharpCaster user manual for specific I/O configurations and output densities or consult your local Artesyn Field Application Engineer (FAE).
Example Board Configurations
Part Number
# of D7 Pros ASI or SDI Inputs
Input Coding
HD Support
MP2
AVC (H.264)
Output Audio Codec
Audio Channels
Up to 5.1
High Density Transcoders
R11.0
2
0
8b420
Yes
Input/Output
NA
MP1L2/AAC
R11.0
2
2
8b420
Yes
NA
Input/Output
DOLBY
Up to 16
R11.0
4
0
8b420
Yes
Input/Output
NA
DOLBY
Up to 5.1
R11.0
4
4
8b420
Yes
Input/Output
Input/Output
MP1L2/AAC/DOLBY
Up to 16
Up to 5.1
ABR/Multiscreen Transcoders
R11.1
2
0
8b420
No
Input
Input/Output
MP1L2/AAC
R11.1
2
2
8b420
Yes
Input
Input/Output
DOLBY
Up to 16
R11.1
4
0
8b420
No
Input
Input/Output
DOLBY
Up to 5.1
R11.1
4
4
8b420
Yes
Input
Input/Output
MP1L2/AAC/DOLBY
Up to 16
Up to 5.1
High Density Encoders
R11.3
2
2
8b422/10b422
No
Output
NA
MP1L2/AAC
R11.3
2
2
8b422/10b422
Yes
NA
Output
DOLBY
Up to 16
R11.3
4
4
8b422/10b422
No
Output
NA
DOLBY
Up to 5.1
R11.3
4
4
8b422/10b422
Yes
Output
Output
MP1L2, AAC, DOLBY
Up to 16
SharpCaster PCIE-8205 Preliminary Data Sheet
SharpCaster PCIE-8205 Software Diagram
User
Applicaons
D7 Host
Xcoder
Sample Applicaon
& Configuraon
Scripts
Control
Applicaon
D7 Host Mux
and Demux
Management
System (SSF)
Command
Line Ulity
D7 Pro APIs
PLX SDK
D7 Pro Drivers
PLX Driver
PCI Express
R10 Low
latency
encoder
R11.0 High
density
encoder
R11.1
Mulscreen
transcoder
R12 Digital
Prog Inseron
(splicer)
R11.3
Dense
Encoder
CPLD and
Sensors
PCIE8205
Magnum soware Stacks
Software Overview
The SharpCaster™ PCIE-8205 available software modules provide
either direct or indirect access to the Magnum D7Pro ProAPIs for
the various available Magnum application stacks. Direct access
facilitates easy porting of existing customer applications already
accessing the Magnum ProAPI. Indirect access allows customers to
take advantage of Artesyn’s front panel control and I/O stream
configurator. At one level higher the Artesyn Network Management
System (NMS) module provides customers with configuration and
management of SharpCaster PCIE-8205 based server platforms
over a LAN or WAN.
THE SOFTWARE PACKAGE INCLUDES MODULES BELOW:
Management System: The Artesyn System Services Framework
(SSF) is responsible for configuration and monitoring of one or more
server systems with one or more SharpCaster PCIE-8205 over a
LAN or WAN and essentially acts as a management system. It
includes a comprehensive GUI and CLI (Command Line Interface)
for configuring card OS drivers, alarm management, system
hierarchy tree display, event reporting and statistical data preview.
Control Application: The Artesyn control application’s primary
function is to setup and monitor media streams on a single server
with one or more SharpCaster PCIE-8205. User added C code will
communicate with this application for proper system setup. The
control application configures and controls the Magnum D7Pro
devices via the Magnum ProAPI library and sets up the proper
data paths for each Magnum D7Pro device through a stream
configurator. Its Hardware Diagnostics Module interfaces with the
hardware diagnostics API for alarm set up and monitoring, overall
system health and bandwidth monitoring, as well as the collection
and presentation of system operational statistics.
Magnum ProAPI Library: The Magnum ProAPI Library provides
access to the APIs for the various Magnum D7Pro application
software modules. A hardware diagnostics API is also included
that manages access to a stacks, such as the R10 low latency
10-bit 4:2:2 encoder stack, the R11.0 dense transcoder stack, the
R11.1 multi-screen ABR transcoder stack, the R11.3 dense
encoder stack, etc. Artesyn’s initial release of the SharpCaster
PCIE-8205 software will support the R11.0, R11.1 and R11.3
application stacks. Support for other available application stacks
from Magnum will be added in future releases of the SharpCaster
PCIE-8205 software.
Operating System Driver Support
ƒƒ Linux: Fedora Core
SharpCaster PCIE-8205 Preliminary Data Sheet
Overview
ƒƒ 12 V DC Auxiliary Power: (Optional)
•
MAIN CHIPSET
6 pin Molex Connector
ƒƒ 2 Magnum D7Pro (Option 1)
POWER REQUIREMENTS***
ƒƒ 4 Magnum D7Pro (Option 2)
ƒƒ Estimated Peak Electrical Power: 54 W (Option 2)
SWITCH INTERCONNECT
ƒƒ Estimated TDP: 36 W (Option 1); 62 W (Option 2)
THERMAL CHARACTERISTICS***
ƒƒ PCI Express Gen 3.0 Non-Blocking Switch
•
PCI Express Base Specification rev 3.0
•
PLX PEX8713
ƒƒ Typical operating range: 0 °C to 55 °C
ƒƒ Airflow requirements: 8 CFM
HOST INTERFACES
RELEVANT CARD SIZE
ƒƒ PCI Express x 4 Gen 3.0
ƒƒ Full Height Half Length H x L:
106.7 mm x 167.7 mm
EXTERNAL INTERFACES
ƒƒ Single width
ƒƒ Optional input:
•
DIN connectors: 4 SDI/ASI Receivers
RELEVANT STANDARDS
•
SDI: 3G/HD/SD (SMPTE 424M/292M/259M)
Routing : (1) SDI/ASI input per D7Pro
ƒƒ PCI-SIG PCI Express Base Specification rev. 2.0
•
***Please note these values are subject to change.
22.96mm
SharpCaster PCIE-8205 Block Diagram
Magnum
D7Pro
Semtech
GS2971A
Deserializer
TPS4
0140
T
P
S
5
4
6
2
0
Semtech
GS2971A
Deserializer
Magnum
D7Pro
TPS
737
01
TPS4
0140
TPS4
0140
PLX PEX8713
(Gen 3.0)
1 x 4 and 4 x 2
5.00mm
Magnum
D7Pro
Magnum
D7Pro
Semtech
GS2971A
Deserializer
Semtech
GS2971A
Deserializer
P2
SharpCaster PCIE-8205 Preliminary Data Sheet
SharpCaster PCIE-8205 Block Diagram
SDI or ASI
SDI or ASI
SDI or ASI
BT656 /
1120 + 12S
or TS
Semtech GS 2971A
Deserializer
D7Pro1
Transport Steam
& Control
BT656 /
1120 + 12S
or TS
Semtech GS 2971A
Deserializer
D7Pro2
Transport Steam
& Control
BT656 /
1120 + 12S
or TS
Semtech GS 2971A
Deserializer
D7Pro3
Transport Steam
& Control
SDI or ASI
BT656 /
1120 + 12S
or TS
Semtech GS 2971A
Deserializer
D7Pro4
Transport Steam
& Control
PLX PCIe Gen 3 switch
PCIe x4
PCIe x4
Ordering Information
Part Number
D7 Pro Units
SDI Interfaces
PCIE-8205-2-0
2
0
PCIE-8205-2-2
2
2
PCIE-8205-4-0
4
0
PCIE-8205-4-4
4
4
SharpCaster PCIE-8205 Preliminary Data Sheet
IMPORTANT NOTICE - STANDARDS ESSENTIAL PATENTS AND THE USE OF CODECS
The Artesyn End User License Agreement covering software related to the ATCA-8330 does not represent or warrant that the codec
software is free of infringement of any third party patents, copyrights, or trade secrets. Many codecs and other recognized standards may
require licensing arrangements involving the execution of license agreements or payment of fees to an intellectual property rights (IPR)
holder or an IPR agent acting on behalf of the IPR holder.
It is the user’s responsibility to determine, for any codecs or other standards they intend to use, whether any additional IPR licenses are
required, including the payment of royalties or license fees. The availability of implementations including codecs packaged in products
acquired from Artesyn does not imply the right to practice these standards nor does Artesyn grant a license or the right to use or practice
some or all of these standards. Depending on the country involved, the end user may be legally obliged to contact an IPR holder or agent
and conform to their patents licensing requirements.
STANDARDS ESSENTIAL PATENTS
Standards Essential Patents (SEPs) are an unavoidable consequence of complex standards developed by consortia. Patents are essential
when the technology covered by the patent must be practiced in order to comply with the Standard. A patent is typically defined as
essential if a standard cannot be practiced without infringing the patent. The contributor of the IP is usually a company involved in the
standards process and almost always retains ownership. Companies that own SEPs that are often members of standards setting organizations (such as ETSI or IEEE) and may be required to declare that they will license their patents on Reasonable And Non-Discriminatory
(RAND) terms. Most standards organizations do not review patents alleged to be essential to determine that they in fact are essential. This
is a determination that may not occur until decided in a contested legal matter.
COVERAGE FOR STANDARDS-ESSENTIAL PATENTS (See Table 1)
Artesyn does not generally provide indemnification against infringement of SEPs related to codecs, but there are some exceptions where
Artesyn does offer limited indemnification. Table 1 summarizes Artesyn’s understanding of licensing requirements with respect to selected
codecs. Except where specifically stated that Artesyn does offer indemnification, it should be understood that Artesyn does not offer
indemnification.
COVERAGE FOR NON-ESSENTIAL PATENTS
Non-Essential patents are by definition patents that are not necessarily infringed in order to practice the standard implemented by a
codec. As part of a custom license, Artesyn may offer indemnification against infringement of non-essential patents with respect to the
codecs embedded in the ATCA-8330 software. Contact your Artesyn sales representative for further details.
A NOTE ON WIRELESS VOICE CODECS
Although the patent situation for wireless voice codecs is very complex, it is not standard industry practice for embedded board-level
product manufacturers like Artesyn to offer IPR licensing cover for AMR and EVRC codecs because they are not well placed in the IPR
value chain. Therefore, Artesyn does not typically offer indemnification for AMR and EVRC codecs. The IPR holders usually approach
end-product manufacturers because many end-products include additional standards compliant technologies that may infringe patents.
Many IPR holders prefer to offer portfolio licenses that cover much more than just the codecs. Additionally, a starting point for licensing is
based on the number of channels used in a product, and the end-product manufacturer is much better placed to quantify and control
usage than the embedded technology provider. Artesyn strongly recommends that customers undertake a full product mapping exercise
to determine the feature sets that need to be covered by patent portfolios.
SharpCaster PCIE-8205 Preliminary Data Sheet
Table 1
01October 2014
CODEC FAMILIES AND STANDARDS ESSENTIAL PATENTS
Class
CODEC Family
Standards Essential Patent Situation
G.711 PCM
G.722 Wideband
Artesyn believes that these codecs are currently unencumbered by standards essential patents.
G.726 ADPCM
G.723.1
Wireline
Voice
Indemnification for infringement of SEPs for these codecs is included within the Artesyn custom license
described here.
G.729AB
G.722.1
G.722.1 (also known as "Siren") is licensed royalty free by Polycom provided that the end-product manufacturer
executes the license at http://www.polycom.com/company/about-us/technology/siren.html. Customers
interested in this codec should contact Polycom directly.
iLBC
iLBC is an open source royalty-free codec available directly to Customers under the “revised BSD” license. The
full text of the Revised BSD License can be found at: http://opensource.org/licenses/BSD-3-Clause.
GSM FR
GSM and GSM AMR codecs may incorporate SEPs held by Ericsson, Voiceage, Nokia, NTT, and France
Telecom. Please see "A NOTE ON WIRELESS VOICE CODECS".
GSM AMR
Wireless
Voice
GSM AMR WB
EVRC-A
EVRC codecs may incorporate SEPs held by Qualcomm, Ericsson, NTT, France Telecom and others. Please
see " A NOTE ON WIRELESS VOICE CODECS".
EVRC-B
Internet
Voice
SILK
SILK can be used royalty free under a patent license at http://developer.skype.com/silk/license. Customers
interested in SILK should contact Skype directly.
SPEEX
Speex is an open source royalty-free codec available directly to Customers under the “revised BSD” license (see
iLBC above for reference).
Opus
Opus is an open source royalty-free codec available directly to Customers under the “revised BSD” license (see
iLBC above for reference).
H.263
Video
MPEG LA (www.mpegla.com) offers coordinated patent licenses for video codecs to end-product
manufacturers. Customers interested in these codecs should contact MPEG-LA directly.
MPEG-4
H.264
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