Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thudnerbolt and I/O @ NAB

AJA announces support for Thunderbolt and Multi-Format I/O
AJA is demonstrating support for the all-new Thunderbolt technology based HD/SD I/O with a product codenamed “Phaser”, which supports HDMI 1.3a input and HDMI 1.4 output for stereo playback, provides 10-bit up/down/cross-conversions, with RS422 device control and professional reference/LTC I/O, in a highly portable design.
The Editblog: Photo of "Phaser"

A second product, “Riker,” AJA’s multi-format I/O technology for everything from SD to 5K workflows, is designed to address rapidly changing I/O and processing requirements via an arbitrary hardware scalar that enables users to scale up or down any sized-raster (up to 5K) in realtime at full quality. “Riker” connects to its host via high-speed 8-lane PCIe 2.0, over a 3-meter tether cable.

“Riker” and “Phaser” are technology previews only. Products supporting this technology are currently in development and will be announced soon.

AJA: AJA Previews Thunderbolt Technology-Enabled and Multi-Format 5K I/O Products at NAB 2011

Matrox has announced Matrox MXO2 devices featuring Thunderbolt. The Matrox MXO2 devices provide broadcast-quality video and audio capture, monitoring, output, and H.264 encoding for use with leading editing and content creation applications.

The full range of Thunderbolt technology enabled Matrox MXO2 devices will be available from authorized dealers worldwide in July 2011 at prices starting from $649 US (£460, €530), not including local taxes. Matrox Thunderbolt adapters for all MXO2 devices can be purchased as an add-on at $299 US (£199, €249).
Matrox: Matrox Announces Thunderbolt Enabled MXO2 Devices at NAB 2011

Matrox also announced;

RUMOR: Apple Mac Pros at the SuperMeet?
Will Apple use the event tonight to also roll-out new Mac Pro's with Thunderbolt? It's certainly been a while since they've updated the Mac Pro line, and this is one audience that is still buying those big machines....

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