Xscend® IP Media Platform Makes European Debut at IBC 2023

Media Links Xscend Media over IP Platform

Adaptable architecture accommodates evolving industry advances in media transport across managed and unmanaged IP networks.

Media Links, manufacturer and pioneer in Media over IP transport technology, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, announces it will showcase the new Xscend® IP Media Platform at IBC 2023, on stand 1.A59.

Xscend is an ultra-dense, ultra-versatile IP media platform designed for the network edge. It incorporates an adaptable, media-tuned architecture that can accommodate evolving network protocols, physical interfaces, codec algorithms, and video formats for a wide variety of applications.

This newest platform from Media Links provides broadcasters and service providers with the technological solution to transport up to 128 contribution quality services across both fully managed and unmanaged IP networks, including 4K video and 25Gbps hitless video and data. It addresses the migration from SDI-to-IP as well as IP-to-IP environments and is an ideal transport solution for high-density, low-latency remote/distributed production applications, including ground-to-cloud connectivity.  All while retaining Media Links’ core commitment to operational excellence, second-to-none quality, and world-renowned customer support.

Comments Media Links President Al Nuñez; “Xscend’s innovative design enables unprecedented workflow flexibility, delivering many capabilities in a surprisingly compact, power-conserving 2RU footprint. Its empowering combination of modularity, density, breadth of network interfaces, media formats, and intuitive orchestration layer set it apart in transporting synchronized, frame-aligned services across IP networks.”

Xscend’s uniqueness lies in its density and flexibility to accommodate ever-changing industry developments. Through its modular hardware, feature upgradeability and reconfigurability via software and licenses, new or existing IP-to-IP workflows incorporating firewalls, network address translation, and system trust boundaries for enhanced network security can be adapted to support a multitude of use cases. In particular mission critical distribution of live, production-quality, and other high-value content, including data.

At IBC, Media Links will showcase Xscend’s support for ST 2110-20/22/30/40, ST 2022-2/6, JPEG-XS, and VSF TR-01/07/08 along with its capability to implement future recommendations and video compression standards. This provides users with an IP Media Platform that ensures media exchange interoperability by providing the workflow flexibility, processing horsepower, and bandwidth headroom necessary to accommodate current advances as well as those to come. Support for SRT and RIST protocols enables use in cloud and unmanaged networks.

In addition, SFN (Single Frequency Network) and STL (Studio to Transmitter Link) synchronization incorporating IEEE 1588 PTP- PrecisionTiming Protocol packets over terrestrial IP networks will be presented, providing a much more secure, resilient, and ultimately less expensive alternative to conventional GPS-based installations.

Meet Xscend by Media Links at IBC, 1.A59.

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