Artesyn Embedded Technologies, a company which designs and manufactures power
conversion and embedded computing solutions, has launched the SharpMedia 2U
Platform, a carrier grade media processing acceleration appliance that enables
communications service providers to add high density voice and video processing to
their networks using a standard rack server architecture.
Applications such as session border controller, media gateway, media resource
function, video/content optimisation, WebRTC voice, network video conferencing
and interactive voice and video response can now scale to meet consumers’
increasing demands while reducing power and space requirements.
The SharpMedia 2U Platform uses Octasic digital signal processors (DSPs) scalable
from four to 48 across four PCI Express cards to provide a high performance voice
and video processing engine, supported by single or dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 host
processors. Artesyn’s comprehensive voice and video processing firmware and a
programmers interface simplifies development.
Linsey Miller, director of marketing for server acceleration, Artesyn Embedded
Technologies, said: “As carriers tackle the challenges of increasing bandwidth
demands while maintaining average revenue per user (ARPU), a more efficient and
cost-effective network transcoding engine is required. The SharpMedia 2U Platform
addresses this constraint by packaging Artesyn’s embedded voice and video
expertise into a rack server appliance that is easy to integrate with multiple
applications and simple to deploy.’
A single SharpMedia 2U Platform could provide over 30,000 channels of standard
voice gateway transcoding (G.711/G.729AB), over 20,000 wireless voice channels
(G.711/AMR NB), and over 1,500 channels of mobile video transcode (MPEG4
CIF/H.264 CIF) or 24 HD video conference bridges.
The SharpMedia 2U Platform is complemented by Artesyn’s system integration
services, which allow for integration of Artesyn and third-party cards, software and
branding in order to streamline customer deployment.