The big technology get-together – Processing power, providing solutions


IBC2012, the premier annual exhibition for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of electronic media and entertainment content worldwide, runs from 7 to 11 September at Amsterdam RAI. Here is a taste of some of the technology that will be on show.

AJA Video Systems has announced the compatibility of its KONA family of professional video solutions with Sonnet Technologies Inc.’s family of PCIe Thunderbolt expansion chassis.

This joint effort allows video professionals to simultaneously tap the processing power and flexible conversion capability of AJA KONA hardware, and the enhanced computer performance and connectivity of the Sonnet expansion chassis.

KONA 3G, KONA LHi and KONA LHe Plus enable capture, display and mastering solutions for a wide range of projects from SD to HD, 2K and 4K.

Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products for PCIe cards, including the Echo Express line and xMac mini Server, provide external PCIe expansion slots via the high-speed Thunderbolt connection to systems that otherwise would not have PCIe expansion capabilities. A second Thunderbolt port on the Sonnet chassis allows daisy chaining to other Thunderbolt devices.

“Thunderbolt is fast becoming the norm in rapid data transfer and this provides users with access to all of AJA’s hardware capabilities,’ says Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. “We want to offer our customers maximum performance and flexibility so it’s important for our KONA family to be compatible with these complementary products from Sonnet.’

“AJA KONA cards are a vital component of the film, video and broadcast markets, industries that heavily employ Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion chassis to optimise processing power in portable systems,’ adds Greg LaPorte, VP sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. “The compatibility of our respective products enables our customers to create powerful yet compact end-to-end solutions.’

Screen Africa magazine – August 2012


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