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Media Links Launches New Media Transport System At NAB

Media Links, the leading provider of high-definition video transport solutions, has announced the launch of its new MD8000 Media Transport System.
The MD8000 has been precision engineered to provide the highest level of flexibility and is a major expansion to the company's global video transport product lines.
Media Links said that the MD8000 is designed to satisfy the needs of users today and also those of tomorrow with scalable bandwidth - from 10Mbit/s to 10 Gbit/s - thereby allowing the transport of compressed and uncompressed HD, SD, audio and data. It is built to work transparently with today's popular high-reliability SONET/SDH architectures as well as tomorrow's low-cost, high performance IP core-based systems. The system will support simultaneous interconnections among a range of networking technologies, providing a smooth migration path as networking technologies evolve.
In addition, the MD8000 that does not require proprietary switching elements at each network node - individual signals can be switched between paths by standard IP routers. This gives system designers great flexibility to combine low-cost MD8000 shelves in the same network as high-performance IP core routers and switches.
John Dale III, VP of Product Management for Media Links, explained: "Our goal is always to provide an exceptional level of reliability and flexibility. We want our products to operate as seamlessly and efficiently as possible to allow people to get on with the task at hand - moving mission-critical signals faultlessly. The MD8000 takes this to a whole new level.
Interoperability with the Media Links HDGigE and the MD-003 1 RU chassis give the MD8000 the ability to integrate small, low bandwidth network spurs. Existing and planned trunk interfaces include OC-12/STM-4, OC-48/STM-16, OC-192/STM-64, Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet rates. Signal interfaces include all types of compressed and uncompressed digital video (HD-SDI, SDI, SDTI, DVB/ASI), AES/EBU audio, multiple telecom interfaces (T1/E1, OC-3/STM-1, OC-12/STM-4), and multiple data interfaces (10/100 BaseT, Gigabit Ethernet). Plus, an advanced SNMP control interface provides visibility to all key module configurations and system status reports.
Mr Dale said: "With the MD8000, all signals are converted into a common format before transport. This provides the obvious advantage of allowing many types of traffic to flow over a single backbone. Hitless protection switching and built-in error connection ensure that media signals will survive network outages without losing a single bit of valuable content."
Media Links Inc, headquartered in Milford, CT, provides technology to transport HD signals reliably over existing IP/SONET contribution and primary distribution network infrastructures, eliminating the need to install and manage expensive HD encoders and Telco adapters.
Media Links will be at NAB 2008. They will be at Stand C3313 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
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