Kontron and Vantrix redefine multiscreen video transcoding performance

Virtual appliance enables highly scalable Live and VoD transcoders

Eching, Germany, April 08, 2014 Kontron, a global leader in telecom, network and cloud infrastructure platform solutions, and Vantrix, a global provider of media delivery solutions to service and content providers today announced the release of two new high performance transcoding products – Vantrix’s multiscreen live transcoder and VoD (Video-on-Demand) transcoder. The products were designed for service providers and high volume content providers to address the challenges of 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 a high density Kontron 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@60p 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 percent or more." Kontron’s Business Development Director Telecom-Cloud Sven Freudenfeld 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." Kontron and Vantrix 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, visit the Kontron SYMKLOUD product site or 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 Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology. With more than 44% of its employees in research and development, Kontron creates many of the standards that drive the world’s embedded computing platforms. Kontron’s product longevity, local engineering and support, and value-added services, help create a sustainable and viable embedded solution for OEMs and system integrators. Kontron works closely with its customers on their embedded application-ready platforms and custom solutions, enabling them to focus on their core competencies. The result is an accelerated time-to-market, reduced total-cost-of-ownership and an improved overall application with leading-edge, highly-reliable embedded technology. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit: http://www.kontron.com/ 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 Media Contacts Europe, Middle East and Africa Daniel Piper Kontron Tel: +49 (0) 40-20 00 90-0 daniel.piper@kontron.com Michael Hennen SAMS Network Tel: +49 (2405) 4526720 michael.hennen@sams-network.com North America Justine Johnson Kontron Tel: +1 858 677 .0877 justine.johnson@kontron.com Annette Keller Keller Communications Tel: Tel: +1 707 947 7232 annettekeller@sbcglobal.net Asia Pacific Richard Pugnier Kontron Tel: +1 858.677 .0877 richard.pugnier@kontron.com Michael Hennen SAMS Network Tel: +49 (2405) 4526720 michael.hennen@sams-network.com Media and Analyst Contact Vantrix: Jeff Denenholz VOXUS PR for Vantrix jdenenholz@voxuspr.com Tel: +1 253-444-5477 All rights reserved. Kontron is a trademark or registered trademark of Kontron AG. Intel® and Intel® Core™ are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel® Corporation in the US and other countries. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks or copyrights by their respective owners and are recognized. All data is for information purposes only and not guaranteed for legal purposes. Subject to change without notice. Information in this press release has been carefully checked and is believed to be accurate; however, no responsibility is assumed for inaccuracies.

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