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  • Jean-Baptiste

    TICO® Compression Supporters Announcement

    April 14, 2015, 6:39 am
    TICO® Compression Supporters Announce the Launch of the TICO Alliance to Move to 4K/UHD in Live Broadcast Production.
    The new TICO® compression technology will ease the challenge of moving 4K/UHD over current SDI infrastructure and IP Networks


    Las Vegas, NV – April 8, 2015 – Leading Broadcast equipment manufacturers,
    OEM providers, broadcasters, electronics brands and technology companies
    announced today the launch of the TICO Alliance.
     TICO is a new lightweight compression
    technology, which enables 4K UHD to be transported over legacy SDI
    infrastructure and modern IP production and contribution networks.
     TICO has been developed by intoPIX and work is
    now ongoing at the SMPTE to publish TICO as Registered Disclosure Document
    (RDD) for the benefit of the entire broadcast and media industry.



    The alliance
    is a coalition of companies united to set the bar for next generation infrastructure
    by establishing TICO in the new IP-based Live production ecosystem that allows
    to seamless update and upgrade the existing SDI-based workflows. The group is
    created to ease 4KUHD adoption over the current SDI and the new IP-based
    infrastructures.



    The group is
    formed by leading companies supporting intoPIX’s effort to promote TICO
    compression for UHD workflows: Altera Corporation, Artel Video Systems, Embrionix,
    Grass Valley, Image Matters, Imagine Communications, Keisoku Giken, Macnica
    Americas, Nevion, Ross Video, Xilinx and will be extended to all new supporters
    and adopters.



    Benefits of TICO compression for UHD, SDI-based
    and IP-based Broadcast Production



    To support
    transportation of UHDTV streams across the IP network or the existing 3G-SDI
    infrastructure, a new smart, fast and light compression is needed. 10 GB
    Ethernet or 3G-SDI networks are widely deployed and operated cost effectively
    within the Broadcast landscape.



    TICO will
    help Broadcasters to fully benefit from a seamless, integrated and high-quality
    Ultra-HD ecosystem from end-to-end. With a visually lossless compression up to
    4:1, TICO enables the mapping of a single 4K/UHD 2160p60 stream over a single
    3G-SDI link. Over 10Gbps Ethernet, it allows the simultaneous transmission of up
    to 3 streams of 4K/UHD 2160p60.



    TICO
    provides an extremely low latency (limited to just a few pixel lines),
    preserves video quality across multiple generations of encoding/decoding, fits into
    the smallest cost effective FPGA devices and runs also efficiently in software.
      This technology is designed to enhance live
    IP systems by increasing efficiency and reducing cost for both HD and 4K/UHD
    video.



    First step toward standardization and adoption



    In December
    2014, intoPIX announced the creation of a Registered Disclosure Document (RDD)
    at SMPTE.
      This will ease the integration
    process of all new adopters and supporters of the TICO compression and shares
    recommendations to map 4KUHD TICO streams over 3G-SDI or IP Networked
    infrastructures. The members of the TICO alliance are closely collaborating
    with intoPIX on the SMPTE RDD draft document.





    TICO Alliance Members say:



    Altera: Umar Mughal, Director Broadcast
    Business Unit: “As the Broadcast industry moves to Ultra HD with higher
    resolutions, higher frame rates, and better pixels delivering an overall better
    quality experience to customers, Broadcasters are faced with the challenge of
    getting more data through the same or limited transportation connections. Our
    customers are now able to implement TICO to allow them to quickly upgrade their
    products without needing to change existing infrastructures and meet the needs
    of the next generation video needs.
     
    There is also added benefit of visually lossless compression to reduce
    overall ecosystem costs including the reduction of external memory bandwidth
    needs.”



    Artel Video Systems:  Richard Dellacanonica, President: “The transition to 4K UHD is
    inevitable and with it comes significant technical challenges related to
    transporting it uncompressed.  Standard fiber and IP infrastructures
    designed to handle such large data requirements cost effectively currently do
    not exist, thus in most cases mezzanine compression will be required.  
    TICO, with its low overhead, latency, and virtually losses quality, is the
    ideal compression format for that application and we are pleased to be involved
    with the consortium.”



    Embrionix : ‘’In our changing market, a variety of formats
    will be available and used in production environments. Embrionix is pleased to
    collaborate in the TICO consortium to allow SFP, SFP+ based products to support
    TICO in addition to other transport formats without the major investment cost
    of a new infrastructure. The emSFP with TICO codec will enable seamless path to
    IP and to UHDTV integration.’’



    Grass Valley - Charles Meyer, CTO Production: “Our Company sees the advantage of TICO for live
    production environments.  The UHDTV roadmap calls for ever increasing data
    rates.   TICO allows us to provide our customers infrastructure
    scalability for the next decade while simultaneously reducing latency to
    imperceptible levels.”



    Image
    Matters
    – Jean-François Nivart CTO: “TICO has a
    great future!

    With a typical compression ratio up to 4:1, TICO fills the gap between improved
    video quality expectations and actual data transport links!  It perfectly
    completes the image compression technology range.  The efficient MPEG
    standards compress images with ratios higher than 30 to 1 to cast them to the
    end-viewer.  The high quality JPEG 2000 standard is used in DCP and IMF
    with compression ratio between 8 and 30 to 1 to protect the viewer experience
    and preserve image quality for future generations. The TICO offers a new and
    efficient implementation to carry the highest video data throughput on local
    production and post-production network.  It keeps the quality through
    Ethernet and SDI. It enables easy implementation on CPU, GPU and FPGA. 
    Image Matters will be proud to support the TICO with its IM-X
    product range enabling OEMs for a fast and easy UHD adoption
    .”



    Imagine Communications - Steve Reynolds, CTO “Imagine
    Communications is focused on enabling 4K/UHD for our customers.
      We see both 3G SDI and 10GbE as essential
    parts of that ecosystem and we are fully supportive of the TICO initiative.
    Collaboration among industry leaders in establishing universal standards is
    critical as we address the challenges of moving the industry towards live
    production of 4K/UHD.”



    intoPIX, Gael Rouvroy, CTO : “Broadcast industry faces
    heavy investments to enable the transport of 4K video in a regular way. Using a
    TICO light-weight video compression, over 10GbE IP Networks or through 3G-SDI
    mapping is a smart upgrade path to manage UHDTV 4K, higher frame rates and more
    streams while assuring visual quality and very low hardware complexity and cost”



    Keisoku Giken :  "TICO
    is the superior technology which will overturn the common sense of the relation
    between beautiful images and the bandwidth."



    Macnica Americas – Marc Levy, CTO :
    “TICO compression is a very exciting product, and the answer to transporting
    UHD live video over the same network infrastructure as HD or 3G live video with
    minimal impact on the gate count and latency, and no impact on visual quality.
    We are actively integrating TICO into our SMPTE 2022 High Bit Rate Video
    transport solution, and expect TICO to become an integral part of high-bit rate
    video transport for many years to come.”



    Nevion: “The move to UHD for content production and
    distribution, with higher resolution, higher frame rates, and higher dynamic
    range, represents another large step change of increased bandwidth and
    processing requirements. At the same time, the industry is trying to do more
    with less; putting content on new distribution channels while reducing
    production cost. This is where TICO lightweight compression will come to the
    rescue, allowing broadcasters and content producers to take advantage of these
    new exiting formats in live production, engaging audiences in a new way, while
    still keeping the data rates for UHD signals below 10G. This is important
    because it will mean we can take full advantage of the commoditization and
    cost-savings of 3G-SDI uncompressed video links, 10G Ethernet and IP
    networking.”



    Ross Video -
    Troy English, CTO:
    “TICO offers a
    great compromise between quality, bit rate and size to implement.  We are
    actively evaluating it for potential future applications in live
    production.  Ross Video likes to get on board and encourage interoperable
    solutions like TICO.”



    Xilinx - Aaron Behman,  Director, Broadcast and Pro A/V Segment:  “Xilinx recognizes that demands for faster
    line rates to support 4K, 8K, higher frame rates and higher dynamic range means
    that low-latency, lightweight compression offered by TICO provides our customers,
    broadcast production equipment vendors, the ability to control costs of
    implementation without sacrificing video quality. By combining TICO with our
    high speed transceivers to support uncompressed and compressed paths, we can
    now offer a scalable, future-proof and low-risk way to get products to market
    quickly.”



     



    About the TICO Alliance at NAB Show 2015



    The show is
    taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 13 through 16. Several
    demos using TICO are organized by the Alliance supporters including Altera,
    Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, intoPIX, Nevion, Macnica Americas and
    Xilinx, leveraging 4KUHD over 10GbE IP Networks or 3G-SDI infrastructure,



    At NAB
    2015, intoPIX is showing the TICO FPGA IP-cores and implementations combining
    TICO with the SMPTE 2022 IP transport standard with 3G-SDI mapping with
    partners such as Altera, Macnica Americas and Xilinx.



    Based on
    the TICO compression technology, intoPIX has released first UHD4K 60P TICO
    codecs running on FPGA and real-time CPU, designed to address the move of the Broadcast
    industry towards a fully networked IP ecosystem.
      More FPGA & Software product releases are
    scheduled for release after the show, during Q2 & Q3 of 2015.



    More
    information about the Alliance is available on
    www.tico-alliance.org

    More information on intoPIX TICO is available on intoPIX website
    www.intopix.com/TICO





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