FOR-A Corporation of America recently introduced its new FA-1616 multi-channel signal processor with software-defined architecture at this year’s NAB Show, supporting the industry’s rapid shift from Serial Digital Interface (SDI) to Internet Protocol (IP). With IP, users gain the ability to support higher resolution video, a growing over-the-top (OTT) market, and better infrastructure connectivity. Yet, broadcasters need to protect their hardware investment with choices that bridge the technology gap. FOR-A has developed a new line of products, including the FA-1616, that provide a flexible, cost-effective gateway to the IP world. Having SMPTE ST-2110 and ST-2022 I/F, FA-1616 would be an optimal gateway between SDI and IP as well as IP to IP and SDI to SDI – which is ideal for SDI and IP hybrid operation.
The FA-1616 multi-channel signal processor series includes three exceptional all-around performers. These three models provide either 16 input/16 output, selectable 16 I/O, or selectable 32 I/O – allowing the user to configure the system to suit their needs. Available expansion cards allow the selection of bitrates (12G/6G/3G/HD-SDI), video over IP (SMPTE ST 2022/SMPTE ST 2110), and audio I/O (embedded audio, AES/EBU, analog audio, MADI and Dante). In addition, the FA-1616 delivers flexible time code management (LTC/ATC/VITC), high-quality picture conversion (up/down/cross, aspect ratio, resize/repositioning), and powerful image processing (dynamic range conversion and RGB color/differential color correction modes).
The FA-1616’s frame synchroniser supports 4K/12G-SDI/High Dynamic Range/Wide Color Gamut and Video-over-IP (SMPTE ST 2022-6/SMPTE ST 2110), plus simultaneous processing of 4K UHD and HD video by using four channels together as a 4K processor. Like other products in the FOR-A line, it can be monitored and controlled via a web browser or Ember+ and monitored via SNMP networking protocol. To ensure reliability and peace of mind in every situation, a redundant power supply is standard on all models.
“A software-defined architecture is the perfect solution for a cost-effective migration from SDI to media-over-IP,” said Satoshi Kanemura, President of FOR-A Corporation of America. “Adding new functionality through software means the customer can configure the system to their needs, without additional hardware investment. It also means that hybrid production, using a variety of signal formats, can be easily accomplished. This kind of agile solution is what drives FOR-A, and the kind of innovative thinking that powers all FOR-A products.”