Cable-Tec Expo: Motorola Transcoder Spits 3 Billion Pixels Per Second

Vendor Claims GT-3 Provides 10 Times Density of Server-Based Transcoders
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Motorola Mobility is debuting a high-density transcoding system for multiscreen-video applications, which the vendor claims provides 10 times the density of  traditional server-based adaptive bit-rate transcoders.

The vendor’s GT-3 uses custom, purpose-built silicon technology and Motorola video-compression algorithms to be able to process 3 billion pixels of video content per second. That translates into the equivalent to nearly 50 full-resolution HD programs in a one-rack-unit system.

“We see this as a disrupter,” Motorola senior vice president of strategy and technology Matt Bell said. “The GT-3 means we are going to be able to meet the call for higher quality and more agile transcoding, and for higher density and power efficiency.”

“When you combine density and processing power, it adds up to the right economics for operators,” Bell added.

The GT-3 is in labs trials now and is set to be generally available in the first quarter of 2013, according to Motorola. Bell declined to discuss customer trials or deployment plans.

The transcoder can ingest up to 24 full-resolution mezzanine feeds and output 24 different profiles for each one ranging up to 1080p HD, Motorola director of product marketing Richard Peske said.

The system provides support for up to 24 inputs and up to 16 output streams per input program. Other features of the GT-3 include dual power supplies, I/O and system-level redundancy for high availability, and ad-insertion support.

At the SCTE’s Cable-Tec Expo this week, the GT-3 ABR Transcoder will power Motorola’s live multiscreen demonstration, which includes Medios DreamGallery, SecureMedia, Edge device management, network DVR technology and IP set-tops, video gateways, tablets and smartphones.

“The GT-3 is a leapfrog technology that addresses the future of TV: HD, DVR and on-demand media on multiple devices, wherever consumers want it,” said Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola’s Network Infrastructure group.

In May, Google completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility and subsequently announced plans to lay off 4,000 employees, or about 20% of the company’s workforce.

In an interview last week, Marwan Fawaz, who joined Motorola in June as executive vice president of the Home unit, claimed that large cable operators and other service provider customers have not been “distracted” by Google’s $12.4 billion takeover of Motorola Mobility.