The MD8000 Product Family

The MD8000 series of Media over IP Transport solutions is Media Links’ flagship solution for transporting 4K, 3G/HD/SD-SDI, and DVB-ASI over IP networks. The MD8000 solution offers broadcasters, telecoms, and network providers a cost-effective alternative to traditional video transport services. The MD8000 family addresses the need for broadcasters and carriers to connect directly to native IP networks for long-haul, multiple-wavelength transport links, which results in significant cost savings.

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Key Facts:

  • The MD8000 suite of products is an adaptable, affordable and flexible solution for transporting uncompressed or compressed 4K, 3G, HD-SDI, SD-SDI and DVB-ASI video protocols.
  • The MD8000 solutions readily adapt to a wide range of core network technologies, which make the MD8000 system the idea deal choice for current and future media networking needs of broadcasters, telecoms, and enterprises.
  • The MD8000 system is scalable and modular, thus the configuration of the system is matched to the demands of a specific event, production, or content delivery requirement.
  • The MD8000 is a transport platform with offers guaranteed Quality of Service due to its robust redundancy with a hitless operation, low-latency, bi-directional operation, and ability to operate with a variety of compression schemes.
  • Media Links is helping to bridge the gap between traditional broadcast and IP transport of content. Operating as a pioneer at the forefront of technological innovations and advancements, Media Links provides a standards-based product suite that enables the adoption of media signals to telecom standards.

“We were really impressed with the rock solid nature of the entire Media Links system. All of our JPEG2000 and ASI video landed at the various drop point in the USA without a single hit. All this while transiting an IP network that was quite complex, and had a tremendous number of provider handoffs as it made its way from Sochi to the USA. This allowed us to bring ever more coverage to our viewers watching the Games on the networks of NBCUniversal.”

– David Mazza, CTO and SVP, NBC Olympics

The MD8000 Product Details

Comprehensive Media Over IP Transport Solution

The MD8000 has evolved into a much sought after solution that supports the evolution of broadcast delivery and content over IP. It is being deployed by large-scale telecoms and broadcasters globally and has proven itself as an efficient, robust transport offering that can be deployed on a variety of network topologies that require high quality, pixel-perfect content delivery.

  • Video and data interfaces include: DVB-ASI, SDI, HD-SDI, JPEG2000, E1 / T1, 10 / 100 / 1000 BaseT and Audio. Copper and fiber interfaces available on appropriate cards
  • Wide array of Trunk modules, ranging from 1GbE two trunk cards to 10Gb Ethernet LAN and WAN cards
  • Full array of SONET/SDH OC-3, OC-12, OC-48, and OC-192 Trunk cards also offered
  • Supports multicast and multiple unicast of all video and data streams
  • Non-blocking switch fabric supports complete utilization of all available bandwidth

Comprehensive Network Management and Communications

  • Built-in web interface
  • Built-in Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • SNMP network management, MIBs available from Media Links
  • Direct management under Media Links Pro-MD craft software
  • Direct management under Media Links NMS software, including configuration, circuit provisioning, monitoring, SNMP alarms and traps
  • Supports both in-band and out-of-band network management connectivity
  • Remote firmware and FPGA code updates via FTP

Key Features of the MD8000 Series

  • 100% Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Hitless / Seamless Switching
  • One-to-any multicast capability
  • Multiple Unicast for non-multicast enabled networks
  • SFP Modules support DDS (Tx/Rx Power, Laser Bias, etc.)
  • Local switching between cards in the same chassis
  • Multiple Redundant modes of operation, including single mode, Class J, Class C, and Class B
  • Core SONET / SDH compatibility
  • Integration with IP / MPLS transport systems
  • SNMP control and management
  • External Syslog server support
  • Configurable video buffering
  • External clock support
  • On-board chassis, network, and switch controller message logging
  • Add/Drop/Pass Capability

Key Functions of the MD8000

  • Video and data interfaces include: DVB-ASI, SDI, HD-SDI, JPEG2000, E1 / T1, 10 / 100 / 1000 BaseT and Audio. Copper and fiber interfaces available on appropriate cards.
  • Wide array of Trunk modules, ranging from 1GbE two trunk cards to 10Gb Ethernet LAN and WAN cards.
  • Full array of SONET/SDH OC-3, OC-12, OC-48, and OC-192 Trunk cards also offered.
  • Supports multicast and multiple unicast of all video and data streams
  • Non-blocking switch fabric supports complete utilization of all available bandwidth

Applications for the MD8000 Series

  • Large Scale Sporting event that require high Quality of Service (QoS) and guaranteed delivery solutions
  • Media Applications that have both traditional and IP based requirements that require common platforms and interchange solutions
  • Multi Vendor environments with standards based protocols.
  • Broadcast studios transitioning from traditional fixed wireline based technologies need to transition to next generation of switched IP solutions to be workflow compliant
  • Carrier Class Media Networks
  • High Performance Studio Interconnects
  • Flawless Contribution Video Transport
  • Reliable Content Delivery System
  • Integrated Live, Recorded and File-Based Communications
  • Multi-point service distribution