Matrox Video’s new versions of the DSX LE5 D25 LP and DSX LE6 D100 NIC cards enable flexible, cost-effective design of products supporting the industries’ shift to IP workflows.

Matrox DSX LE6 Board

Matrox Video’s new versions of the DSX LE5 D25 LP and DSX LE6 D100 network interface controller (NIC) cards are low-density additions to the company’s lineup of SMPTE ST 2110 cards. They enable flexible, cost-effective design of products supporting the broadcast and Pro AV industries’ shift to IP workflows. With multi-channel video I/O over 10/25/100GbE networks, along with the Matrox DSX SDK for media processing, these new NIC cards allow equipment manufacturers to design IP-based applications from low-density HD/3G/4K and 8K workflows at an affordable price within one SDK.

“By introducing both entry-level and ultra-high-spec ST 2110 NICs right now, we address the growth of the ST 2110 market — at many levels for many applications and productions — across broadcast and Pro AV," said Francesco Scartozzi, vice president of sales and business development, Broadcast and Media Group, at Matrox Video.

“Our new ST 2110 NICs use the same robust DSX SDK as our DSX LE5 and XMIO5 D25/Q25 NICs, which have been used for years in the 24/7 ST 2110 infrastructures of many broadcasters worldwide. The DSX SDK enables complete support of ST 2110 with minimal engineering effort and resources. Because all the complexity of ST 2110 is managed by the SDK, developers handle the video, audio and ancillary data buffers just as they would with an SDI application.”

Architected as video-aware, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) ST 2110 NIC cards, the new Matrox Video cards deliver the interoperability and 24/7 reliability required of broadcast and Pro AV equipment, and include the flexibility and scalability needed for IP infrastructures. Like existing ST 2110 cards in the Matrox Video product portfolio, the new cards feature hardware-based PTP to achieve nanosecond-range ST 2059-2 accuracy, and they offload all ST 2110 packet processing from the CPU. An ultra-low-latency feature minimizes in-to-out latency for multichannel HD, 4K and 8K applications. 

The new entry-level DSX LE5 D25 LP (low-profile) cards allow compact 1U, 2U and 3U COTS systems to support lower-density workflows of 1080i/1080p/UHD over a 10/25 GbE interface. One card supports four HD/3G or one 4K/UHD reconfigurable I/O, and the other supports four HD/3G or one 4K/UHD I/O simultaneously.

Designed for high-performance media environments including broadcast and virtual production, the DSX LE6 D100 PCIex8 Gen4 card with dual 100 GbE interfaces supports multiple-channel 4K and 8K ST 2110 I/O and easily handles eight I/O of 4K/UHD p60/50 with ST 2022-7 seamless protection switching.

The Matrox DSX SDK (Windows/Linux) maintains the reliability and stability required for demanding broadcast and Pro AV operations. A unified architecture that is common across all Matrox ST 2110 NIC, SDI I/O, and H.264 codec cards, the DSX SDK supports key functions — including file reading/writing, memory management, and handling of a range of file formats, codecs and effects — to facilitate agile development. A prototyping tool is also available to facilitate rapid simulation and testing of use cases without the need to write any code. 

The new Matrox DSX LE5 D25 LP cards and DSX LE6 D100 cards are being shown at NAB 2024, and will be available in the second half of the year.