TV Technology Europe STAR Award for 4K Gateway

intoPIX JPEG2000 technology selected for integration in the new “4K Gateway” product of Visual Unity

intoPIX, the leading provider of JPEG 2000 compression solutions, and Visual Unity, an international Systems Integrator providing turnkey solutions for the broadcast and film industry, announced their strategic collaboration in Visual Unity’s new 4K Gateway product.

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“With the broadcast market discovering the 4K format for Over-the-Top (OTT) delivery and the 4K format taking off in the East-European film industry, there is an increasing call for faster-than-software based compression solutions,” says Jakub Kabourek, CEO of Visual Unity. “Integration of the leading intoPIX JPEG2000 FPGA-based compression technology allows 4K Gateway to meet the new challenges of this growing market.”

“We feel proud to be selected as JPEG2000 technology provider by Visual Unity and its technology partners,” says Katty Van Mele, Director of Business Development at intoPIX. “Visual Unity’s 4K Gateway is a unique hardware compression solution that enables real-time streaming of content, even when bandwidth is limited, when multiple streams are simultaneously transported over gigabit networks or when broadcasting to multiple screens.”

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At IBC 2012 Visual Unity received a TV Technology Europe STAR Award for 4K Gateway, its new portable device for real-time low-latency video streaming up to 3D 4K.

The STAR Award (Superior Technology Award Recipient) is designed to celebrate and showcase the pre-eminent technological innovations available to the broadcast industry. Presented annually, these Awards are chosen by a panel of judges consisting of TV Technology editors and columnists who review a variety of products and services at IBC and submit their nominations on the basis of the product’s technical applications and overall contribution to the industry.

4K Gateway, which was launched at this year's IBC, allows film, post production and visualisation companies to harness the power of 4K over unlimited bandwidth/distance in collaborative environments. The product was developed by Visual Unity in conjunction with Czech academic association CESNET and Prague-based independent post-production facility ACE.

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Tomas Petru, President of Visual Unity, says: “4K Gateway is an elegant product that allows media agencies to transmit high resolution content in a reliable and cost effective way. The fact that TV Technology’s esteemed panel of judges have recognised the value of this product to the broadcast industry is hugely satisfying and we are really delighted to be honoured with a STAR Award.”

Operating over dedicated photonic networks or shared Internet, 4K Gateway offers very low latency of less than 1 ms plus networking delay, thus ensuring a truly interactive experience.

About intoPIX
intoPIX is a leading supplier of image compression technology to audiovisual equipment manufacturers. We are passionate about offering people a higher quality image experience and have developed FPGA IP-cores and compression solutions that enable leading-edge JPEG 2000 image compression, security and hardware enforcement.

About Visual Unity
Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator bridging the gap between broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences – wherever they are. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast systems and multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to automated Direct-to-Web platforms.

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