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CinemaCon Convention, Las Vegas—Apr 24, 2012

High Frame Rate & High Bit Rate Test Equipment and Test Series for Cinema Image Quality

Image Matters, intoPIX, MikroM and Virident collaborate beyond the state of the art of Cinema projection technologies..

The target is a series of tests on early June 2012 in Burbank, CA, area, coordinated by Michael Karagosian of MKPE Consulting, and cinematographers Kommer Kleijn SBC and David Stump ASC, each of whom are co-chairs of the SMPTE 21DC Study Group for Higher Frame Rates.

These tests will be conducted in collaboration with studios and the cinema creative community.
They will measure the minimum JPEG 2000 codestream bit rate requested by high frame rate content to reach the visually lossless quality demanded by digital cinema applications.

The experimental equipment set will enable playback of JPEG 2000 codestream bit rate
higher than 1 Gbps (i.e. more than 4 times the current DCI specification). The decoded 2K images will be transmitted to a single projector at a frame rate of up to 120 fps (i.e. 60 fpe for Stereoscopic 3D content).

In order to speed up the test process and to allow the easy production of multiple encoding flavours, the equipment set will also be capable of encoding high frame rate content from uncompressed files in near real-time.

The assembled equipment will consist of one server incorporating 4 Virident FlashMAX boards and one intoPIX JPEG 2000 PRISTINE-P4 board. The PRISTINE will playback the decoded codestream on four 3G‑SDI links to the MikroM IMB inserted into the projector. The MikroM’s IMB will receive the four 3G-SDI links and pass the uncompressed image data directly to the projector backplane. Image Matters will insure project coordination and integration.

The integration has enough headroom to allow, on request, multiple equipments to be combined to achieve higher bit rates and/or higher frame rates.

Storage:
Four 1.4 TB Virident FlashMAX MLC cards
total capacity of 5.6TB
total  read bandwidth of 5.2 GB/s
total write bandwidth of 2.2GB/s  on XFS file system  
each Virident card has:
a half height and half length form factor
a PCIe x8 Gen1 bus
power consumption of 25 W
a sustainable random read of 1,3 GB/s
JPEG 2000 Encoding/decoding:

One intoPIX PRISTINE P4 board
2K & 4K JPEG2000 decoder FPGA IP-cores
high frame rates capacity: up to 120 Fps
high bitrate capacity: up to 1 Gbps
four 3G-SDI outputs
one Genlock input
Integrated Media Block

One MikroM Integrated MediaBlock MVC 201
four 3G-SDI input
formatting and pass through of uncompressed image data
up to 120 2K fps

About Virident
Virident Systems' professional  Storage Class Memory (SCM) solutions deliver unconditional consistent performance that supports the most data -intensive content and applications. Virident Systems is backed by strategic investors, Intel®, Cisco® Systems and a leading storage hardware and software solutions provider as well as venture investors Globespan CapitalPartners, Sequoia Capital, and Artiman Ventures. For more information visit www.virident.com.
About MikroM GmbH: MikroM, based in Berlin, Germany, is an independent technology provider for digital cinema specialising in field-proven Secure Media Block technologies. MikroM´s JPEG2000/MPEG-2 PCI decoder board MVC200-DC was the first FPGA based 2K Media Block for digital cinema servers conforming to DCI specifications on the market and has been integrated into several digital cinema servers. MikroM´s MVC10x decoder family based on the self-developed MPEG-2 HD decoder ASIC HiPEG+ has been used since 2002 in several digital cinema applications worldwide. With more than 12 years of experience in the cinema environment, MikroM continues to develop and introduce most flexible and future-proof 2K/4K Media Block solutions for both Digital Cinema/EC servers and digital cinema projectors. Upcoming products include a 2K/4K Integrated Media Block for digital cinema projectors. MikroM GmbH Directory page About Image Matters:
Image Matters offers innovative hardware and software modules for professional image and sound handling. This new venture helps OEMs, integrators and end-users to develop advanced imaging systems and applications easily and quickly.

Image Matters Directory page About intoPIX s.a.: intoPIX is passionate about image. intoPIX offers leading-edge JPEG 2000 image compression, security and hardware enforcement IP-cores for audio-visual markets. Their implementation in the latest generation of FPGA chips provides today’s highest quality, most flexible and cost effective handling tools for high throughput data streams.  Located in Belgium, intoPIX is present at key locations around the world with subsidiaries in Japan and in the USA. Thanks to its first-class and recognized expertise in image technology & micro-electronics, the intoPIX team can guarantee a top-notch quality of product and support to every customer. intoPIX knows how to provide IP-Cores that work. intoPIX s.a. Directory page
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