AJA Previews Thunderbolt Technology-Enabled, Multiformat 5K I/O Products

AJA Video Systems is previewing products in development featuring Thunderbolt technology for new high-frame-rate 2K 3D, 4K, and 5K workflows and portable HD connectivity at its NAB Show booth (SL4420).

Codenamed Riker, AJA’s multiformat I/O technology for everything from SD to 5K workflows, is designed to address rapidly changing I/O and processing requirements via its modular architecture. Riker offers an arbitrary hardware scalar that enables users to scale up or down any size raster (up to 5K) in real time at full quality. Riker connects to its host via high-speed eight-lane PCIe 2.0 over a 3-meter tether cable.

AJA’s new technology provides immense bandwidth, easily handling high-frame-rate 2K stereo 3D at up to 60 Hz per eye and even 4K stereo 3D at 24/30 Hz per eye. Riker delivers superior I/O, processing and scaling on the Mac and PC for complex multiformat 5K/4K/2K and HD/dual-link/SD workflows.

At the show, AJA is also demonstrating support for the all-new Thunderbolt technology-based HD/SD I/O with the recently introduced MacBook Pro line. Developed by Intel and brought to market with technical collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt technology is designed to provide simple yet powerful one-cable plug-in connectivity for 3G, HD/SD-SDI, and HDMI workflows. Codenamed Phaser, the upcoming product supports HDMI 1.3a input and HDMI 1.4 output for stereo playback, provides 10-bit up/down/crossconversions, with RS-422 device control and professional reference/LTC I/O in a highly portable design.

Products supporting this technology are in development and will be announced soon.

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