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Vantrix and Kontron Redefine Multiscreen Video Transcoding Performance

MONTREAL, QC--(Marketwired - Apr 7, 2014) - Vantrix, a global provider of media delivery solutions to service and content providers, and Kontron, a global leader of telecom, network and cloud infrastructure platform solutions, today announced the release of two new high performance transcoding products -- Vantrix's Multiscreen Live Transcoder and VoD (Video-on-Demand) Transcoder.

The products target service providers and high volume content providers who are challenged with the increasing demands of supporting multiple device screen formats ranging from connected TVs to computers to mobile handsets. The transcoders support all standard formats, including 4k UHD and processing for Adaptive Bitrate delivery (ABR).

Both products are operating on Kontron's high density SYMKLOUD platform. The 2RU-sized appliance is powered by Intel® Core™ i7 processors with Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics. Vantrix performance testing yielded up to 180 live 1080p HD video streams or up to 10x real-time VoD HD offline transcoding per file. The appliance can also deliver up to 18 4k@60 fps live streams and is HEVC-ready.

Vantrix's software is installed as a virtual appliance and operates on Openstack, enabling flexibility and scalability. A single appliance can run concurrent applications -- such as Live and VoD transcoding, DRM encryption, and streaming -- with selectable resource assignments for different uses. In addition, the system easily scales across multiple appliances in a cluster that shares virtual resources on all physical nodes without additional management software required.

"The processing density of these appliances is impressive", states Don Vendetti, Vantrix's SVP of Marketing and Product Management. "The Kontron SYMKLOUD with Intel® processors enables us to demonstrate a significant volume of live streams or simultaneous transcoding operations to support ABR, 4K and even HEVC, all in a compact 2RU package. Additionally, it allows us to reduce the typical cost of live and VoD transcoding by 25% or more."

Kontron's Sven Freudenfeld, Business Development Telecom-Cloud, adds, "The density increase provided by our SYMKLOUD appliance is a perfect match for the Vantrix transcoding application and provides a major reduction in needed footprint, CAPEX and OPEX for service providers. In addition, the power requirements are slashed to just 6 watts per HD channel. The Vantrix virtual appliance also supports high scalability for large mobile broadcast events, such as live sports."

"Vantrix used the Intel® Media Software Development Kit to quickly build and optimize for Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics hardware, which is part of the 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors," said Bill Rollender, marketing director, Intel Communications Infrastructure Division. "High density, low power transcoding is ever more critical for content providers to address the explosion of devices in the market. Ease of management of these transcoding resources will be a key requirement for these providers."

Vantrix and Kontron will be demonstrating their solutions at NAB in Las Vegas, April 7-11 in the Intel Partner Pavilion in the North Hall Booth 11D. For more information, go to www.vantrix.com.

About Vantrix
We're media specialists in the delivery of digital content over wireless or wired networks to connected devices striving for the best performance, highest quality, and most cost-effective solutions available. Vantrix provides systems that adapt rich content - streaming video, audio, images and more - to deliver the best customer experience on any screen over any network. We also enable deep analysis into the media journey from end-to-end and provide insights for better delivery and monetization strategies. With a heritage in video and image optimization, Vantrix has developed a high-performance, scalable platform to meet the unique needs of service providers today and into the future. Our solutions are deployed in more than 65 networks worldwide.

About Kontron in Communications
Kontron SYMVIO series of integrated COTS platforms are designed to bring any infrastructure application to life deployed in telecom and cloud networks. We are experienced system architects who match our clients' network application requirements with the right hardware and software solutions for the 4G LTE Evolved Packet Core, Content Delivery Networks, and Cloud infrastructure. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange (KBC).
 www.symkloud.com, or, www.kontron.com/communications

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