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Matrox Introduces SMD-2 for Large-Scale High-Density IP Video Decoding


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Matrox Graphics Inc. today introduces the Matrox SMD-2 streaming media decoder, a second-generation universal IP video decode solution designed to decode – in parallel – large numbers of network video streams in different resolutions and formats. The ideal building block for large-scale IP video decode applications, each SMD-2 board can simultaneously decode up to 64 QCIF, 16 D1, or 2 HD 1080 streams. By combining multiple SMD-2 boards within a single system, users can decode and display hundreds of IP streams on any video display wall.

In light of their newly announced partnership, Matrox Graphics and Trenton are currently working together to engineer a validated system capable of supporting multiple SMD-2 cards within a single chassis, to be available later in the year. SMD-2 is fully integrated with the Matrox PPX Series and will be compatible with the Mura MPX Series later in the summer. With its capacity to cost-effectively support large-scale, high-density IP stream decoding, the Matrox SMD-2 is ideal for use in security surveillance, public security, and critical infrastructure sectors.

Matrox SMD-2 Key Features:
  • High-density solution reduces equipment, space, and energy costs per video stream
  • Decode up to 128 D1 or 16 HD 1080 streams simultaneously using 8 SMD-2 cards in a single chassis
  • Increase your stream count with multiple rack-mount enclosures for larger scale projects
  • Compatible with a large range of IP video devices
  • Supports RTP, RTSP, TCP, UDP and IP network protocols including Unicast and Multicast
  • Universal IP decoding for common codec formats (H.264, MPEG-4, MJPEG, etc.)
  • Two 10/100/1000Mbit Base-T Ethernet ports for separate networks or redundancy
  • Manipulate, Scale, and Position individual IP streams on a video wall through tight integration with Matrox display wall controller boards
The Matrox SMD-2 is currently available for use with Matrox PPX Series display wall controller boards. Development kits for SMD-2 with Matrox Mura MPX Series will be available late summer 2011, with general availability in fall 2011.


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So, what's the point of this solution (which likely costs thousands) for a 16-monitor setup, when Eyefinity can support up to 12 for around 300 bucks? (seriously asking)
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So, what's the point of this solution (which likely costs thousands) for a 16-monitor setup, when Eyefinity can support up to 12 for around 300 bucks? (seriously asking)
This is 16x 1080 resolution, and obviously 4 monitors more than 12 :)

EDIT, misread the resolution. So yeah, that sucks besides the 4 extra monitors :/
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I'm going to take a guess and say that Matrox cards have better 2D performance and support, which are mainly used for large corporations and businesses. but then again, so do Firepro and Quadro cards... so I guess that's why nobody serious in graphic work uses Matrox. oh well.
the only that has going for Matrox is to support more monitors than the competition., which isn't really that difficult if AMD/Nvidia really wanted to, but the market share of Matrox cards are nearly non-existent for AMD or Nvidia to care.
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I think the big deal is this:

"designed to decode – in parallel – large numbers of network video streams in different resolutions and formats"

Also, it will do 16*1080 if you put enough "boards" in it.

Probably it's more flexible and versatile than AMD's eyefinity or Nvidia's mosaic.