The Artesyn Embedded Technologies SharpMedia™ Platform is a carrier grade 2U server powered by up to four SharpMedia PCIE-8120 PCIE Express media processing acceleration engines to accelerate voice and video applications in a standard server architecture.
Voice and video streaming is becoming more pervasive as customer demand for media consumption continues to rise, and the diversity of media sources, network conditions and individual consumption devices proliferate. Using traditional Intel® Xeon® server architectures, power and efficiency soon become a limitation when scaling to high channel density media stream transcoding.
By employing highly efficient digital signal processors(DSPs) to provide direct offload of the host CPU, the SharpMedia Platform's PCIE-8120 acceleration engines offer higher density voice and video processing and take up less rack space. Network equipment providers can either add or substantially increase the voice channel or video processing density with the SharpMedia approach, thus reducing overall power and space demands for their equipment as it scales to higher throughput. The SharpMedia Platform and its SharpMedia PCIE-8120 acceleration boards are particularly suited to the following applications:
- Session border controllers (adding voice or video transcode)
- Media gateways
- Media servers/media resource function
- Video/content optimization (transcode and transrating)
- WebRTC voice applications
- Interactive voice and video response systems
The SharpMedia portfolio brings high density DSPs with embedded voice and video firmware from Octasic together with Artesyn's strong embedded system heritage and thermal design skill, resulting in an industry-leading media processing density for the next generation of voice and video processing systems.