Axon Scoops Four Awards for Neuron
Launching the product for the first time during the broadcast show, Axon was handed an IABM Award for Design and Innovation and also took home a Broadcast Engineering ‘Pick Hit’ award, a TVBEurope ‘Best of IBC’ and a TV Technology ‘STAR 2013’ Award.
Individually, all of the awards recognised Neuron for its innovative design and integration of AVB technology - an open standard based on IEEE802.1. As part of Axon’s Synapse family, Neuron is a combination of hardware and software, and an Ethernet application which uses the high speeds of a modern IT-based infrastructure. The AVB-enabled video product will help change the way live production infrastructures are created, providing point-to-point connectivity and back-to-back usage for a much less costly alternative to CWDM (Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing).
“To win one award is perfect, but to win four during a tradeshow is just fantastic, especially when they’ve been given by a respected industry association and three leading industry publications,” said Jan Eveleens, CEO of Axon. “We’re pleased that Neuron has been recognised as a product that will help change the way broadcasters create and manage their live production infrastructures in the future.”
Axon’s Synapse modules support Level B
AXON has further expanded the number of modules in its modular interfacing and conversion product line Synapse which support Level B.
Within the SMPTE 424 standard (allowing for bit-rates of 2.970 Gb/s and 2.970/1.001 Gb/s over a single-link coaxial cable) there are two formats known as Level A and Level B. The Level A format is a full format transport of a 1920 x 1080 progressive frame with the frame rate of 50 or 60 Hz.
The Level B format is a multiplexing scheme where two streams of 1920 x 1080 interlaced 50 / 60 Hz video are transported over a 3Gb/s SDI link.
All Axon’s 3Gb/s capable Synapse modules ranging from DA’s to loudness control, keying and up/down/cross conversion now handle Level B.
“As Axon supplies interfacing and conversion equipment we are at the heart of a facility”, says Peter Schut CTO and VP of Engineering. “It is not more than logical that we get questions from our customers to facilitate the handling of Level B signals.”
More on Neuron
While Neuron is built upon the open AVB standard, key additional functionality is built into the system. Full integration with Axon’s Synapse interfacing and conversion and Cortex advanced management solutions provides flexibility, modularity and control. Standalone Neuron boxes allow direct and cost-effective integration of cameras, screens, stage boxes and desktop I/O. Neuron is a fully networkable, extremely low latency infrastructure that supports varied production and real-time applications by replacing the conventional SDI router matrix and adding complete managed networking functionality.
Headquartered in The Netherlands, and with offices across the world, Axon develops, manufactures and markets high quality broadcast equipment for the conversion, processing and compliance recording of audio and video signals. Products integrate advanced signal processing techniques, innovative engineering and modular flexibility and provide high quality, affordability and reliability within mission-critical broadcast applications.