Snell & Wilcox Expands IQ Modular Range
Snell & Wilcox is introducing a variety of new products
with a wide array of functions for its industry-leading IQ Modular intelligent
infrastructure system. These include an SD/HD down stream keyer, single- and
dual-channel SD/HD/3G digital amplifiers, a new serial interfacing module, and
a new second-generation Hyperion intelligent processor module. Also included in
the new modules are two modules for Dolby E audio processing with automatic
tracking delay and a Dolby E decoder.
The new range of single and dual-channel DAs allow for
standard and high-definition signal processing while offering a simple path to
upgrade to SMPTE 424M 3G-SDI technology in the future. This allows a
“future-proof” investment for multichannel operations that extend
beyond today’s ATSC standards to handle a wide variety of emerging distribution
channels that may come. It results in significant improvement in cable EQ
distances at HD rates.
The IQHIP00 is a new single-unit, second generation Hyperion
quality control engine that brings a higher level of sophistication to
multichannel content monitoring and offers broadcasters significant new
protections when airing high-value, premium television programs. Hyperion is a
content monitoring system that uses intuitive algorithms that mimic human
intelligence to provide dedicated audio, video, and metadata monitoring for all
content throughout the broadcast infrastructure, from ingest to transmission.
This new module now adds a dedicated local monitoring output, in addition to
its remote IP thumbnailing capability, along with real-time frame accurate
content status. There’s even reporting through RollMap, the company’s flagship
control and monitoring system that provides a rich graphical monitoring
Also new is the IQDSK00 modular HD/SD-SDI multiformat keyer.
This provides an external interface to the company’s SD/HD Kahuna production
switcher or other processor for direct seamless keyer control via a DSK GUI.
When used with the Kahuna switcher, this unit frees up M/E resources for other
In addition, Snell & Wilcox’s IQ Modular infrastructure features new
improvements in RollMap, the system’s infrastructure management function. New
features in RollMap v3.1 include custom-defined controls, SMS, e-mail alerts,
and alarm-level masking and filtering. The next-generation RollSNMP v2.3
includes advances in system-level performance and integration of third-party
SNMP traps into RollMap.
RollCall Control Applet v2.1 includes local and remote
control capability with improved responsiveness of system-wide control to ease
operational workflows and a full module backup and restore facility allowing
operational uptime benefits. And RollMechanic eases operator workload by
allowing single or multiple module cloning and with full network backup and
restore. An upgrade manager allows users to carry out product software upgrades
on single or multiple units.
The new modules are part of a 400-plus system of converters,
synchronizers, distribution amplifiers, routers, and audio modules — capable of
operating at SD/HD and 3G resolutions, and with the flexibility of being used
in multiple ways and configurations.