Our third and final ISE trend blog post deals with the developments in wireless presentation systems and image processing.

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Wireless presentation – Differentiation not function overload

There were only a few major milestones to see at this year’s ISE when it came to wireless presentation systems. However, one could find further developments of existing systems and a few interesting novelties. It is noticeable that manufacturers are adopting new strategies. While new features have been integrated into the products over the past years, this year the manufacturers have been focusing more on differentiation by specializing in individual use cases.

What was new?

  • The transmission of 4K/60 Hz was not really present. Although many manufacturers are developing in this direction, very few are really ready yet. Only at the Canadian manufacturer Northvision could we find a wireless transmission system that could transmit 4K with 30 Hz and 4:4:4 resolution using a dongle. To obtain the necessary bandwidth, this solution uses a 60 GHz transmission format.
  • Although the topic of 4K was still on everyone’s lips, most manufacturers only offered 4K-compatible output devices. Here we have to be careful, because 4K does not equal 4K. These products’ wireless streams often run “only” with a FullHD resolution. However, some manufacturers were able to combine at least four FullHD streams into a 4K stream with their systems.
  • There was also little further development in the transmission formats. We’re still waiting for Airplay 2 and what is possible with it. The well-known standard Microsoft Wireless Display, better known under the name Miracast, is becoming more and more popular due to its native integration into Windows 10. Even Barco is now taking this path with his new CS-100 Huddle, even though it was only shown as a demo at the trade fair.
  • Another issue is the rollout capability of many solutions. Not every corporate user wants to use high-end solutions at high end prices. There were, for example, several manufacturers who presented entry-level products in the lower to middle price segment. These solutions do not do much more than replace the HDMI cables in the meeting room. For many use cases, especially in smaller rooms, this is perfectly sufficient. A shortcoming with many of these providers, however, was their rollout capability and manageability. Only one solution in this segment made it possible to centrally distribute configurations to all connected devices with a single mouse click. For the other products, each device had to be configured individually. As soon as there are more than 10 devices in use, their management becomes a Sisyphean task.

Specialization on individual use cases

  • In recent years, many manufacturers have focused on equipping their products with as many features and functions as possible. This resulted in bloated products, with features that were little used and were even challenging to use. At this ISE, the manufacturers took a different path, they tried to concentrate on special use cases and as a consequence to refrain from unneeded features in order to stand out from the competition.
  • Even manufacturers of powerful all-in-one systems like Wolfvision seem to focus more on what they are good at and what differentiates them from the many other solutions: With their entry-level product “Cynap Pure”, they have introduced a cost-effective solution that concentrates on one use case from the portfolio of their much larger brother Cynap: Native presentation without apps and dongles.

Recommendation of the macom experts:

  • “When selecting a wireless presentation solution, it is ever more necessary to pay close attention to your own use cases and their requirements. Manufacturers begin to specialize in certain use cases with their products. If you don’t consider this, you may well be buying devices that are really not suitable for your company’s needs. At the same time, the number of manufacturers is growing and the market is getting more confusing. The sensible approach record all stakeholder requirements and then to compare these with the solutions available on the market and assess their sustainability. At macom we have developed the SCOPE process for this purpose. Our goal is to provide our clients with precisely defined and sustainable solutions that can be planned into your workspaces”

Florin Schwarz, Consultant Collaboration & Methods and expert for wireless presentation at macom Group

Image processing: No quantum leap – but interesting further developments

Unfortunately there was no real big leap in image processing at this year’s ISE there were some interesting developments. Analogway has developed the most powerful machine on the market today with its new flagship (Aquilion), it does however still operate on the same scale as the competition. There were also interesting further developments in PC-based processors. Newtek’s Video-over-IP protocol NDI promises interesting possibilities for the near future.

What was new:

  • Performance: Analogway looks currently to be slightly ahead of the competition. They presented their new high-end processor Aquilion, which can display up to 3x 8K with full colour depth at 60Hz. In addition, the processor can be extended via internal connections. However, this was not a real quantum leap. In recent years, Barco and Christie had introduced new generations of their high-end processors. This year it was Analogway’s turn. For the event sector the news that Lang AG has ordered several Aquilion processors for its rental business was interesting.
  • HDR: In principle, most manufacturers support HDR. However, these are mostly HLG and HDR10. For most applications this is perfectly sufficient. However, for applications with special requirements for display quality or high-quality film reproduction, this should be checked on a case-by-case basis. It is interesting to note that Barco already offers extensive HDR management capabilities. These will apparently be further expanded. These capabilities also includes HDR down conversion in order to be able to connect non-HDR-capable devices maintaining quality.
  • With regard to AVoverIP, the Video-over-IP protocol Network Device Interface (NDI) from Newtek is a system that is becoming more and more established in the AV industry. The protocol originally comes from the professional broadcast sector. Newtek provides drivers and software to allow an NDI stream of the screen content from any PC/Mac etc. directly over the network. To receive NDI streams, Newtek provides an SDK to interested manufacturers so that they can integrate NDI support into their application. At the same time there are tool kits to develop hardware for encoding/decoding (SDI/HDMI converters and cameras are available from several manufacturers). Thus, Newtek offers an extensive ecosystem, similar to Audinate’s Dante strategy. It was interesting to note that the NDI logo was present at ISE with an increasing number of manufacturers, among them: Panasonic, Three10, Ventuz, Dataton, Deltacast, Livestream, Lumens, Marshall, Matrox, JVC, Panopto, RossVideo, Magewell, Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, VLC, FFMPEG.

PC-based image processors with new features

  • There has been some progress in PC based systems. Although they will not be as powerful as the large hardware-based systems in the foreseeable future, they do have other advantages. In many applications where the focus is on the flexible display of content from different sources on multiple end devices, content scaling and switching, they are the better choice. PC-based systems are much more flexible in regard to inputs and the displayable content (documents, web content, IP streams and so forth). They also enable more intuitive user interfaces. In some larger applications, the combination of PC-based and hardware-based processors can be the optimal solution.
  • The interesting thing about PC-based processors is that they now enable remote control of sources, for example via touch inputs or keyboard and mouse inputs. This works via hardware that emulates USB and network commands, for example with NDI. This offers many advantages for operation and enables completely new operating concepts.

Recommendation of the macom experts

  • “The variety of systems is expanding and shows no signs of slowing. Depending on the use case, differences in price and performance as well as the strengths and weaknesses of hardware- and PC-based processors really now have to be taken in to account. Stronger is not always better. When making your selection, we recommend that detailed requirements are gathered. These help make the decision on which of the solutions is the most flexible, future-proof, stable – in short the most sensible one for the application. Competent consulting can ensure that all stakeholder and use case requirements are covered. Only then should technical solutions be evaluated”

Gregor von Ungern-Sternberg, AV Senior Consultant and image processing expert at macom Group

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This was our last Blog post about the ISE trends 2019. We hope that you have been able to draw relevant information for your projects from them. We will summarize all topics in a white paper that you will find on our website next week. If you want to be informed directly when the white paper is online follow our Social Media channels.

Martin C. Wagner
Head of Marketing, macom Group

Your macom subject matter experts at the ISE 2019 were:
Florin Schwarz, Consultant Collaboration & Methods and expert for wireless presentation at macom Group
Gregor von Ungern-Sternberg, AV Senior Consultant and image processing expert at macom Group.

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