Kontron and Beamr enable 18 channels of 10-bit 4K HEVC live video

IBC2017 demonstration will include a Beamr powered integrated hardware and software solution for high density 4K HDR HEVC live video encoding for OTT streaming video.

Montreal, Canada, September 12, 2017Kontron, a global provider of cloud and carrier-class integrated infrastructure platforms, and Beamr Imaging Ltd., a world leader in content-adaptive video encoding and optimization solutions, today announced a new collaborative solution using the Beamr 5 HEVC software encoder to achieve real-time 4K 10-bit HDR on bare metal Kontron SYMKLOUD platforms. This solution breaks all new ground for density, cost and performance, and may be viewed during the IBC show in Amsterdam at the Kontron booth J20 (Hall 14), on September 15 – 19, 2017.

Beamr 5 provides up to a 50% reduction in bitrate over H.264 encoders and enables service providers, OTT distributors, MSOs, satellite operators, and content distribution network providers to support 4K video distribution with 10-bit high-dynamic range (HDR) support that is compatible with Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG. As more UHD HDR content is produced, high-dynamic range has quickly become a requirement for today’s 4K and UHD televisions, revolutionizing the TV experience. HDR significantly broadens the spectrum of both contrast and color depth which ramps the amount of processing needed.

The Beamr 5 real-time HEVC software encoder runs on the high density 2U SYMKLOUD MS2910 converged infrastructure platform. With nine MSP8050 modular server nodes, each containing two independent Intel® Xeon® E3-1578L v5 processors with Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics P580 graphics processor, a total of 18 processors are able to encode up to 18 simultaneous 4Kp30 10-bit HDR video channels. This never before seen performance makes the MS2910 especially attractive as TCO and operational costs may be reduced as much as 70% versus standard commodity servers.

“Beamr’s ground breaking HEVC encoder running on SYMKLOUD is an ideal enabler for video services looking to move their channels over the top to meet the consumer demand for video anytime, anywhere,” says Beamr Vice President, Marketing, Mark Donnigan. “Industry leaders looking for cost effective HEVC solutions will find the Beamr 5 + Kontron MS2910 combination extremely appealing and an enabler to new distribution business models and system architectures such as just in time encoding.”

The Beamr 5 HEVC encoder SDK is a highly scalable video encoding framework that includes versatile libraries and a sophisticated API. Beamr 5 easily integrates into existing video workflows and supports numerous operating systems on different hardware platforms including the Intel® Xeon® E3-1578L v5 processor with Iris™ Pro Graphics P580 graphics processor and other next generation Intel® Xeon® processors.“

“The multi-stream support of this combined solution is exceptionally flexible, enabling multiple output streams of different resolutions and bitrates from a single source,” said Benoit Robert, VP Strategy & Marketing,Kontron. “Kontron and Beamr are working together to help service providers maximize revenue per HD and UHD video stream by supplying the necessary processing power, throughput, reliability and density in one complete package.”

Kontron will display its complete line of video + cloud delivery products at IBC 2017 at booth J 20 in Hall 14.
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About Beamr
Beamr is the leading provider of content-adaptive video encoding and optimization solutions for the world’s top MSOs, OTT streaming service providers, Hollywood studios, video distribution platforms, and social content publishers. Founded in 2009 by a team of leading imaging experts, Beamr is headquartered in Tel Aviv, with offices in Palo Alto, CA and St. Petersburg, Russia. Beamr’s high-performance H.264/AVC and H.265/HEVC video processing solutions are fully scalable for use in on-premise and cloud deployments. With more than 60 patents granted and pending, Beamr’s content-adaptive technology is setting a new standard for quality and bitrate performance. For more information visit: beamr.com, Twitter @BeamrVideo, linkedin.com/company/beamr, and Facebook @BeamrVideo.

About Kontron in Communications
Kontron designs hardware for the software defined world. Service providers and enterprise clients around the globe collaborate with Kontron and its ISV and channel partners to deploy new services with greater speed, confidence and operational efficiency. Our portfolio is a best-of-breed of OEM hardware and SYMKLOUD Open Infrastructure Platforms dedicated to the deployment of virtual services using software defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). For more information, please visit www.symkloud.com or www.kontron.com/communications.

About Kontron – An S&T Company
Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology (ECT). As a part of technology group S&T, Kontron offers a combined portfolio of secure hardware, middleware and services for Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 applications. With its standard products and tailor-made solutions based on highly reliable state-of-the-art embedded technologies, Kontron provides secure and innovative applications for a variety of industries. As a result, customers benefit from accelerated time-to-market, reduced total cost of ownership, product longevity and the best fully integrated applications overall. Kontron is a listed company. Its shares are traded in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on other exchanges under the symbol “KBC”. For more information, please visit: www.kontron.com

Beamr Media Contacts
Mark Donnigan – Beamr
Tel: +1 425 273 3685
mark@beamr.com

Kontron Media Contacts
Global
Peter Matz -Kontron
Tel: +1 450 437 5682
peter.matz@kontron.com

Germany
Markus Pflugbeil
vibrio Kommunikationsmanagement Dr. Kausch GmbH
Tel: +49 (89) 321 51 862
kontron@vibrio.de

North America
Jessie Adams-Shore – Speakeasy Strategies
Tel: +1 707 337 1958
jessie@speakeasystrategies.com

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