Snell CABSAT 2013 Product Preview

Meet Andy Giles, head of sales, Snell Middle East and Africa at CABSAT 2013

"At Snell, we're committed to delivering solutions that solve our customers' most complex challenges in today's digital media and multi-screen operations," said Andy Giles, head of sales, Middle East and Africa, at Snell. "At CABSAT 2013, we'll show how our uniquely flexible solutions — such as ICE channel-in-a-box, Morpheus automation, and Kahuna 360 — can transform broadcast operations of all sizes. We'll also feature our high-performance and flexible routing solutions, including the Vega flexible asymmetric router and Sirius 800 range with Advanced Hybrid Processing."

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PRODUCTION SWITCHING
Kahuna 360 — The World's First Native 1080p/3Gbps Switcher
Kahuna 360 supports any format in and any format out, on any input or output including 1080p (single link), as standard for a smooth and cost-effective migration from HD to 1080p.

The switcher's unique Make M/E™ technology delivers unmatched flexibility for users sharing resources across multiple consoles. And now, Snell has made the functionality of the full-size Kahuna 360 available in a new lower-cost Kahuna 360 Compact — including seven keyers per M/E, resource sharing with Make M/E technology, and FormatFusion3, which supports any format in and any format out.

The Kahuna range also includes Kahuna Flare, the first mid-level switcher to offer standard single-link 1080p support alongside SD and HD formats, making it ideal for over-the-air broadcasts, IP, Internet delivery platforms, and large progressive-screen presentations.

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ROUTING
Vega Router — For Flexible Port, Fiber, and Coax Configuration
Snell's award-winning Vega is a new routing platform that allows users to configure any signal port independently for fiber or coax (copper), easing a mixed connectivity environment and helping broadcasters to migrate simply and cost-effectively.

Available in 2 RU with 96 ports or 4 RU with 192 ports, its unique design also enables any port to be configured as either an input or output, providing the industry's most flexible asymmetric routing solution. Vega uses proprietary algorithms to monitor every subassembly continuously and offers a full range of options for maximum redundancy: dual crosspoints, dual controllers, dual power supplies, and dual fans — all "hot" pluggable or replaceable.

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Sirius 830 Router With Advanced Hybrid Processing — Taking Audio Routing/Processing to a New Level
Snell will showcase the new advanced hybrid processing (AHP) technology built into the company's Sirius 800 series of large-scale, multi-format, expandable hybrid routers.

The 15-RU Sirius 830 features high-performance modules for flexible routing of SD, HD, ASI, and 3Gbps signals. New embedded audio and AES/MADI processing modules with AHP facilitate embedded audio routing, audio track swapping, and processing on all inputs and outputs. These modules allow users to route any combination of embedded, discrete, and MADI sources and destinations. AHP provides the most powerful and flexible processing available, offering huge space and cost savings when compared with traditional hybrid routing.

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CHANNEL-IN-A-BOX
ICE Channel-in-a-Box v3.0 — We Thought About the Channel, Not Just the Box
ICE is an integrated, IT-based playout solution that delivers robust, scalable, and affordable operation for real-world broadcast playout environments, and it is the only channel-in-a-box solution that truly scales from one to 100+ channels, with the same user interface. New features in ICE further extend Snell's channel-in-a-box cost benefits. With a focus on incorporating more of the channel into the box, Snell's ICE now includes powerful, integrated 3D and 2D graphics, CG functionality with timeline-editing control, and the ability to populate fields from Morpheus automation or external data sources to schedule events.

AUTOMATION
New Morpheus User Interfaces — World-Leading Automation That Decreases Cost and Stimulates Revenue
Understanding the need for clear and simple graphical representation of multiple channels of playout, Snell has introduced new user interfaces that make Morpheus playout automation even easier to use and allow a single operator to monitor the highest number of channels. Morpheus v3.0 boasts full support for virtual machines, which facilitates lower space and power requirements while improving system resilience.

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Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions to create, manage, and streamline the distribution of content for today's multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere, Broadcast Infrastructure, and Live Production applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to HDTV, stereoscopic 3D, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel.

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