BHV Broadcast to Release streamGear Range of IP to SDI Cards at IBC


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Powerful quad core processing and superfast graphics capabilities support broadcast, graphics and streaming applications

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, the multiple award-winning broadcast designer and manufacturer, has announced plans to launch a series of openGear® IP to SDI cards at IBC. The streamGear card range features powerful quad core processing and superfast graphics capability and this flexible platform can support broadcast, graphics or streaming applications by serving as a hardware engine or a standalone receiver. Demonstrations across a range of operating platforms will be held on BHV Broadcast’s IBC Stand 8.E94.

Featuring a comprehensive set of connectivity options including Gigabit Ethernet, CANbus, SDI & HDMI output (3G, HD, SD), USB, LTC and analogue video, these cards have the capability to host applications at the boundary of IP and conventional video. A format/standards converter is included to ensure all video formats from SD PAL/NTSC through to 3G (1920 x 1080p59.94) are supported.

Available in Android Oreo and Yocto/Debian/Ubuntu/Boot2QT Linux distributions, the cards include an intelligently-engineered feature set straight out of the box. The open-architecture platform allows hardware interfaces to be directly customised for maximum security and flexibility. The industry standard iMX6 processor, (available in Dual or Quad core with speeds from 800 MHz to 1.2 GHz) provides unrivalled processing capability in a small and low power form factor. A Vivante GC2000 2D and 3D accelerated graphics processing unit is OpenGL compliant, enabling reliable delivery of rich and complex graphics.

Bill Garrett, BHV’s director of technology, explains,”Many broadcast video applications still require a large Intel-based server with a costly video card to deliver a single channel. We listened to our customers and and the result is this solution – a card that can be stacked to provide 20 channels of the same power in just 2U of rack space!”

Two versions of the card are launching at IBC: an operator-friendly Android version that allows app developers with no broadcast or video experience to build data-driven and IP streaming applications with broadcast compliant video output, and a Linux variant that provides a platform for a high-performance video and graphics OEM appliance.

Based on an existing, successful field-tested design, these cards allow high density integration and support for the openGear Dashboard management suite. Both Legacy and the latest OG3-FR frames are supported as is SERDES backplane Ethernet, utilising the internal openGear Frame Ethernet switch option. This allows 20 cards to utilise just one Ethernet switch port.

Garrett continues “With the plethora of camera and smartphone streaming video contribution requirements the capability to make this an SDI source in conventional video environments has been limited and expensive. The reality is that broadcast functionality is becoming more and more IP-connected and with it the need for greater local processing and rendering capability. You can think of this product as a powerful tablet device with SDI output. It’s an efficient, elegant and cost-effective solution.”

Applications include:

  • IP contribution from Smartphone, tablet, streaming camera
  • Video wall and studio backdrop driver
  • Weather maps and other still or animated data driven video application.

Non-video uses include:

  • In rack monitoring gateway for openGear Dashboard
  • Bi-directional IP to CANbus gateway
  • Linear timecode to IP domain gateway


About BHV Broadcast

BHV Broadcast is an award-winning manufacturer specializing in broadcast engineering consultancy and product development strategy. For further information:

BHV Broadcast contact:  Martin Cook

+44 (0) 1962 777733 •


Press contact:  Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising

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