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New Artesyn MaxCore™ Pico Platform Targets HEVC Video Encoding/Transcoding Appliances

Artesyn Maxcore PicoInnovative, Scalable and Versatile Compute and Acceleration Platforms Now Range from Low-cost Enterprise to Carrier-Grade and Hyperscale


Artesyn Embedded Technologies announced the MaxCore™ Pico platform, a new low-cost, compact compute and acceleration system configurable for applications ranging from scalable video streaming/encoding, video surveillance and industrial computing.


The MaxCore Pico platform is a cost-effective, enterprise-class chassis which holds a host server card and contains an additional slot for any PCI Express add-in card. This can be an Artesyn card or customers can use third-party off-the-shelf cards to provide application-specific functionality and create a complete application platform.


One use case for the MaxCore Pico platform is an ultracompact HEVC encoding/transcoding appliance. Using the Artesyn SharpStreamer™ Pro PCIE-7210 processor card in one slot provides the compute resources to run a hybrid CPU+GPU HEVC encode stack. External connectivity is achieved by using a 10GbE NIC in the other slot. The PCIE-7210-1 host card includes a single Intel® Xeon® E3-1578Lv5 CPU with 4 cores running at 2.0GHz (turbo up to 3.4GHz). This CPU also includes Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics P580 (GT4e) with a base frequency of 800 MHz. To create an HEVC encoder the Artesyn hardware is married with hybrid encode software from the Artesyn ecosystem. The 2x 10GB capability of the NIC enables multiple video streams to be processed simultaneously.


The extremely short form factor of less than 300 mm (11.8 inches) depth enables the MaxCore Pico to live in short, on-premise cabinets, telecom cabinets, and in smaller industrial equipment. While the MaxCore Pico can stand-alone as a complete system, its form factor allows three chassis to be fitted side-by-side in a 19-inch rack. The platform can be deployed in a wide range of environments, from a 19-inch rack to wall-mount.


The Artesyn MaxCore platform range now extends from low-cost enterprise-class units through massively dense industrial and carrier-grade models to systems designed for hyperscale applications. All use the same architectural concept of building scalable and versatile systems using add-in PCIe cards as the building blocks with varying levels of internal connectivity and flexible internal switching to suit the target applications.