The "modular glue" for all audio and video processing requirements in IP infrastructures
Built to fit in any existing and future IP broadcast infrastructure, Neuron offers the most powerful audio and video processing capabilities in the industry and can be used to bridge the gap between SDI and any type of IP media streams, protecting your investments today for future demands.
Entirely based on a 100Gb/s architecture, and using one of the most powerful FPGAs in the world, each Neuron board can process up to 32 HD channels or eight UHD channels. Consequently, two boards will fit in a 1 RU frame.
Neuron is highly versatile, providing bridging, embedding, de-embedding, synchronization, HDR<>SDR, shuffling, back-up switching, isolation (firewall), up/down/cross conversion, multiviewing and more.
While it is entirely based on IP technology, Neuron also offers SDI connectivity as an option. This ensures a feature set which includes all IP-specific functions without having to use additional modules.
Neuron supports high bandwidth QSFP+ modules to decrease connectivity costs. And the fact that Neuron runs on the same hardware for all processing functions guarantees significant flexibility. Also, on average the processing boards consume 60% less power compared to similar products on the market.
Neuron can be configured and controlled using an intuitive graphical user interface in Cerebrum, EVS’ control and monitoring system. This GUI gives a graphical representation of the internal processing rather than just a list of parameters.
Neuron easily adapts to any changing environment, whether you are in a broadcast facility or in a datacenter. All product variations run on the same hardware so you can always reprogram your processing boards at a later stage to change the functionality entirely.
Neuron products can be re-deployed in a variety of applications, all based on a single hardware platform.
Neuron Bridge is a multi-channel A/V-over-IP transceiver developed for use within low-latency and high-bandwidth Live IP networks. In combination with the SDI expansion module, the Neuron Bridge can process up to 32 FHD video signals and multiple channels of audio, acting as a uni-directional or bi-directional bridge in hybrid applications. Each of the 32 processing paths is capable of frame synchronizing, proc amp and audio (de-)embedding. Neuron Bridge also performs well in IP to IP setups, being the link between ST2022 and ST2110.
Neuron Convert combines advanced processing capabilities with a wide variety of I/O standards. This can be anything from ST2110, ST2022-6/7 and any SDI standard. Incorporating massive processing power like frame synchronization, up/down/cross conversion, UHD remapping, color correction, audio (de-)embedding, audio shuffling, audio gain/phase adjustments and dynamic or LUT-based HDR/SDR conversion. If you are in need of AV processing, Neuron Convert will be your go-to producto. Adding the optional SDI expansion module, will enable you to convert to and from SDI, regardless of the format. Neuron Convert is very well suited to adapt to smaller, medium and large setups.
Neuron Protect will guarantee and safeguard signals, anything from ST2110, ST2022-6 and any SDI standard, within facilities or interconnections between venues. This product can be used as a multi-channel live IP media probing failover switch, ideally suited for handover/playout center applications. It can also be deployed as a simple isolating firewall. Addition video and audio processing is part of the Neuron package and can optionally be enabled.
With new IP-based audio formats, like ST2110-30 and ST2110-31, the amount of audio channels within a broadcast facility can easily grow into the thousands. Managing which channels belong in which audio streams and shuffling the various channels from one stream to the other is becoming quite a challenge. With the Neuron Audio Matrix option, you can shuffle, mix and delay thousands of individual audio channels in a 8192x8192 audio matrix.
Using Neuron Compress, ensures extreme low latency inter-site connectivity. With an ideal 10:1 compression ratio you reduce bandwidth, while maintaining top notch visually lossless picture quality. Neuron Compress also offers the highest density JPEG-XS compression functionality with 12 encoders and 12 decoders on a 16 channel card.
Neuron View is a flexible, low-latency and power-efficient multiviewer, specifically designed to support the needs of live production teams. One View card can support two UHD outputs or up to eight full HD outputs in a fully customizable layout. The multiviewer supports all the essential functionalities needed in demanding live production environments, including multiple tallies and static or dynamic UMD's per picture, PTP or countdown clocks, and various audio bars to indicate audio activity. Configuration of these features can be done using EVS’ Cerebrum broadcast and monitoring system, REST API or the multiviewer’s own web interface. Neuron View is designed to be highly power-efficient using close to 90% less electrical power than server-based applications.
Neuron Protect received a Best of Show Award at NAB 2022 for introducing a new approach to protecting against single points of failure in IP domains. Read more about this in our latest whitepaper.