LONDON Gennum Corporation has started sampling 3Gbit/second dual receiver and transmitter optical modules that meet the new SMPTE HD-SDI standard , the company said at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) taking place in Amsterdam.
Gary Beauchamp, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Optical Products Division for Gennum, said the ability to move 1080p50/60 video, HD 4:4:4 video and HD 12 bit video formats over a single serial link rather than the dual link that is available today is a key step forward in cost, power and area reductions.
Gennum said it has worked closely with its customers as well the standards setting group of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) to ensure the that the 3Gbit/s optical modules which it claims are the first to hit the market robustly handle the pathological signals present in SD-SDI, HD-SDI and 3G-SDI.
The modules are targeted at cameras, routers, monitors, video production switchers and distribution amplifiers.
Both the transmitter and receiver modules come in a pluggable hot swappable small form pluggable (SFP) package that can, where necessary, be added or replaced in the field.
Gennum says this flexibility helps equipment makers avoid the increase in inventory associated with keeping extra units in stock and allows end users to postpone the expense of the optical module until it is needed.
Gennum has also teamed with Network Electronics (Sanderfjord, Norway) to demonstrate the transport of 1080p 50/60 HD video over 3G-SDI single link connections using Network Electronics' router and optical transport technology.
"Leveraging Gennum's 3Gbit/s optical module, Network Electronics is showcasing unprecedented performance and flexibility with their router management system, underscoring the benefits in moving to a 3Gbit/s single optical serial link," commented Martin Rofheart, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gennum's mixed signal division.