Press Release

May 30th, 2008

Frontiers develops real-time IP gateway 
“HD x3000" for ultra-low delay HD video transmission


- The ultra-compact (160 x 160 mm) encoder is attachable to a video cam and revolutionalizes the shooting scenes -
 

FRONTIERS Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, President: Hiroshi Tango, FRONTIERS), a pioneer in HD video-over-IP transport technology, has announced that it has developed and released an ultra-compact MPEG2 (*1) encoder HD c3000e, which can be integrated with a commercial HD camera.

The HD c3000e is an HD (*2)-compatible encoder unit equipped with a compact, lightweight, ultra-low delay MPEG2 encoder core, which can be attached to a wireless HD relay camera. In addition to HD compatibility, the HD c3000e has achieved ultra-low delay of around 10 msec. Its compact size and lightweight also allow it to be attached to a wireless relay camera. The HD c3000e is an encoder unit that truly meets the on-site needs at shooting scenes.

< Physical features of HD c3000e >
- Dimensions: Height: 35mm, Width: 160 mm, Depth: 160 mm
- Weight: 700g or less

The HD c3000e is capable of encoding digital signal, which is input via SDI I/F, in MPEG2 format and outputting the stream data to ASI I/F in TS format, etc. Audio is compatible with linear PCM (SMPTE302M compliant). MPEG2 allows video transport with higher image quality and less bandwidth compared to JPEG2000.

< Key Features >
- Industry's first, compact, lightweight and power-saving design.
- Delay through the encoder and the decoder is only 10 msec.
- The case is made of material with high thermal conductivity and employs a fan-less, drip-proof and dust-proof design.
- Up to three sets of configuration files can be memorized.
- HD c3000e can be mounted to a camera using a detachable commercial V-shaped holder.

FRONTIERS has already started production of HD c3000e and plans to begin delivery soon. Prior to the release, a demonstration using HD c3000e will be shown in the Fuji Television booth at the IMC TOKYO 2008, which will be held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan, from June 11 to 13, 2008. Please come and see the quality and size of HD c3000e. For details about IMC TOKYO 2008, please visit http://www.imctokyo.jp/english/.

As transition to digital broadcast accelerates, FRONTIERS expects the compact, lightweight, HD-compatible HD c3000e to be widely used at scenes requiring mobile shooting, such as sports broadcasting, concerts and other events, and news reporting.

*1 MPEG2: One of the methods used for compressing video data; part of the MPEG standard. It is widely used in DVD video and next-generation digital television, including terrestrial digital TV.
*2 HD: Stands for High Definition. It refers to high-resolution video or High Vision video imagery.


About Frontiers
Outline of business: Frontiers Co., Ltd. (Sogyo) was established in 1996 in Sagamihara, Japan. Under the corporate philosophy of “To be a true innovator who operates a “business of turning 0 into 1” in leading-edge technological fields (Frontiers), thereby contributing to the creation of a better society,” Frontiers has been delivering “from Japan” technologies and products to the Japanese market.
Frontiers mainly develops, manufactures and sells video transmission equipment based on optical communications and IP technology. Frontiers’ solutions have already been widely deployed in international events such as the Winter Olympics in Turin and EXPO Aichi Japan. Our goal is to see our “from Japan” solutions being used in every real-time IP transport of HD video, both in Japan and overseas, in the near future.
For more information, please visit our web page at
www.big-frontiers.co.jp.

[Below: HD c3000e]
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Midori Kaito
Public Relations Dept.,
Frontiers Co.,
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E-mail:midori-kaito@big-frontiers.co.jp
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