Fujitsu Offers Cost Saving Solutions for Broadcasters Converting News Gathering Systems from MPEG-2 to AVC Encoding

New IP-9400 MPEG-4 Encoder Significantly Reduces Operational Costs while Increasing Workflow Efficiency and Offering Superior Picture Quality and Lowest Possible Latency

Jan 19, 2010, 08:00 ET from Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc.

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products including peripherals, biometric security solutions and digital media solutions, today announced the IP-9400, a new MPEG-4 encoder that reduces operational costs significantly as broadcasters convert from MPEG-2 to AVC encoding in their high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) microwave, satellite and IP digital news gathering systems. The payback for the economy-priced IP-9400 is extremely short, helping broadcasters increase workflow efficiency while ensuring superior HD and SD content fidelity with the added benefit of low latency, essential to remote live feeds.

"In today's economic climate, broadcasters are looking at ways to cut costs whenever possible and at the same time improving performance and operational capability.  Fujitsu is offering broadcasters all of these benefits in the IP-9400  as they upgrade their HD microwave, satellite and IP digital news gathering systems," said Kunio Konishi, director of product management, media solutions, Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. "The new IP-9400 -- along with all of our other MPEG-4 encoders -- provide customers with the best overall value to meet demanding budget constraints while offering industry-leading performance capabilities at any given price point. We listened carefully to industry needs, and Fujitsu is doing more than just listening -- we have delivered."

The IP-9400 is an economically priced 4:2:0 AVC encoder with optional built in DVB-S/S2 modulator, specifically targeted at the efficient conversion from MPEG-2 to AVC encoding in microwave, satellite and IP digital news gathering systems. The new solution utilizes advanced Fujitsu technology innovation to support customers, significantly reducing operational cost, increasing workflow efficiency and improving the fidelity of content contribution and distribution.  

"The Fujitsu MPEG-4 AVC encoders are among the most advanced and highest-performing in the industry, and the IP-9400 will deliver the same video and audio performance, low latency and other advantages that customers have come to expect from Fujitsu," said Michelle Abraham, principal analyst at In-Stat. "The Fujitsu technology also helps to reduce overall operational costs, which addresses a real problem for broadcasters across the globe -- how to reduce cost without adversely affecting performance. We anticipate wide-spread adoption of the IP-9400 as broadcasters upgrade their HD and SD microwave, satellite and IP digital news gathering systems."

About Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc.

Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. offers a wide variety of products including retail point of sales terminals and self checkout systems, kiosks, image solution products, palm vein recognition technology and Ethernet switches with sales, service and support operations throughout the United States. Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. has its headquarters at 2791 Telecom Parkway, Richardson, TX. 75082 with operations and product development located at 25902 Towne Centre Drive, Foothill Ranch, CA. 92610. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or visit us at: www.fujitsufrontechna.com

About Fujitsu Frontech Limited

As part of the Fujitsu Group, Fujitsu Frontech Limited ties people and IT together through the development, manufacture and sale of front-end technology such as ATMs, operation branch, POS and totalizator terminals, and public display devices. Fujitsu Frontech also delivers related software, system integration and outsourcing as part of its total solutions offerings. The company supports the security sector by offering products incorporating Fujitsu's latest palm vein authentication technology, and is actively involved in the development of key technologies in various fields, with a current focus on color electronic paper and RFID systems. For more information, please visit: www.frontech.fujitsu.com/en/

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