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General Overview

Every broadcaster in the world is different. Their uniqueness arises from several factors such as type of customers, amount of media assets, type of content, resources and even geographical and cultural differences. Designing a system to work on any of these environments is a complex endeavor. However, there is a group of tasks that is common to all, and Fission HDCore is designed to address them. The resulting tools are grouped in modules according to their functionality. These modules generate a workflow based on connectivity and data sharing in order to adapt different and ever-changing operational scenarios.

Fission HDCore Modules

Fission HDCore Playout Module groups the tasks that are inherent for content playout, external device automation and even some tasks commonly addressed by character generators, graphic engines, cue tone inserters, nonlinear editors and video scalers in order to simplify the output chain. The resulting versatility has been a fundamental characteristic of this module for more than a decade. Read more »

Fission HDCore Ingest Module is composed of a set of media acquisition and management tools which include automated feed and tape based media recording, content editing, virtual segmentation, syndicated content retrieval and dedicated live feed processing ones such as time delay and instant replay. Read more »

Fission HDCore Management Module is comprised of data management, traffic system communication, media integrity, activity reporting, and administration tools. This module paces the system workflow and provides a general overview of the operational data. Read more »

Fission HDCore Archive Module is a group of tools for creating and managing metadata sets based on general media descriptors for specific station areas, and a Media Browser Module for creating and managing the attached assets Read more »

Fission HDCore On Air Monitor Module addresses compliance recording tasks, offering a logic link to Fission’s transmission reports. It includes tools such for media export, storage management and multi-channel recording, offering a wide variety of compression and format options. Read more »

Fission HDCore Peripheral Applications which include the BXF Module for BXF-driven traffic communications such as Live Log,content update notifications and media maintenance integration; and managed asset distribution with the Media Transfer Module.

The previously described set of applications conform Fission HDCore broadcast automation system and can be installed on a single server or throughout a networked multi-server configuration. All Fission HDCore System configurations are delivered as turnkey solutions.

Additional system features

  • Skin-based graphic user interface with multiple language support
  • Internal unicode support allows the use of any language in a native manner
  • Built-in inter-user mailing system
  • Privilege-based user access
  • Customizable data display

Video Specifications

SDI SD/HD video inputs and outputs

Up to four 10-bit 4:2:2 serial digital video input per server.
Up to four 10-bit 4:2:2 serial digital video outputs per server.
Serial digital component 4:2:2 video at 270 Mbps in accordance with SMPTE 259M (SD):

  • 480i (NTSC) at 29.97 fps
  • 576i (PAL) at 25 fps

Serial digital component 4:2:2 video at 1.48 Gbps in accordance with SMPTE 292M (HD):

  • 1080i at 25, 29.97, and 30 fps
  • 720p at 50, 59.94, and 60 fps
  • 1080p/PsF at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, and 30 fps

True multi-rate inputs and outputs

Simultaneous input and output of different video standards.
All I/O standards, HD and SD, must belong to the same frame rate group:

  • Dot frame rates: 23.98, 29.97, and 59.94 fps
  • Integer frame rates: 24, 25, 30, and 50 fps

Additional video input/output features

  • Auto-detection of input video standard
  • Video relay bypass support for two input when power is off
  • Independent horizontal and vertical preset for each video output
  • VBI and RP188 support

Master/genlockable video time base

  • Analog blackburst reference (tri-level or bi-level) or SDI input as reference
  • External termination using loopthrough
  • Sub-pixel adjustment with respect to genlock in SD
  • Pixel adjustment with respect to genlock in HD
  • Flywheel on genlock

AES/EBU audio inputs and outputs

  • 16-in/32-out unbalanced AES/EBU audio channels
  • Audio clock genlocked to video reference in accordance with ASE11-1997
  • Sampling rate at 48 kHz
  • Optional 44.1 kHz to 48 kHz resampling at input
  • 16-, 20-, and 24-bit audio streams are supported

Embedded audio inputs and outputs

  • Supports up to 16 channels of embedded audio per SDI video stream in accordance with SMPTE 272M A,B, and C (SD) and SMPTE 299M (HD)
  • Sampling rate at 48 kHz
  • 16-, 20-, and 24-bit audio streams are supported

IT Components

Fission HDCore is an IT-based broadcast automation system that includes the best performing components, resulting from a thorough testing and certification process. There are many advantages around the IT-based turnkey approach, including enterprise-class servers offering, reduced cost of ownership, worldwide technical support presence from top computer equipment manufacturers. The key to build an enterprise-class turnkey solution relies on the proper selection of the components that constitute Fission HDCore. Fission Software’s offering is not based on a static product line, but on the best enterprise-class servers available on the market at any given point in time.

For more than a decade, the term “videoserver” has been commonly related to overpriced broadcast manufacturer’s server offerings. In most cases these correspond to hardware platforms that include legacy components and provide a mid-level performance. Nowadays, it is clear that the industry is moving away from that model and adopting the IT-based servers approach, relying more on IT corporations’ offerings, and less on broadcast manufacturers which can hardly compete with the first. More than a decade ago, Fission Software adopted the IT based model and continues to do so nowadays.


The enterprise-class servers used for integrating Fission HDCore’s Playout and Ingest modules offer the necessary system reliability without compromising its performance. These are the main specifications:

  • 2U, 4U and 5U rack-mountable servers configured with redundant power supplies.
  • Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 and 5600 series:
  • Quad-core and Six-core Intel® Xeon® configurations.
  • 8GB, 16GB and 24GB DDR3 memory configurations, depending on the number of output channels per server.
  • Up to 12TB of maximum internal storage, holding more than 200 Hrs. of audiovisual media @100 Mbps.
  • Hot-plug Hard Drive Options: SAS (15K, 10K), nearline SAS (7.2K), SATA (7.2K). Hard drive type depends on the number of output channels per server.
  • Optional add in HBAs: Qlogic® QLE2562 FC8 Single or Dual-channel HBA, PCI-E Gen 2 x4. HBA type depends on the number of output channels per server.
  • Network Controller: Dual port Gigabit Ethernet NIC with failover and load balancing. Optional 1GBe and 10GBe add-in NICs

Graphic cards

Each server can be configured with up to three PCI Express x16 graphic cards, depending on the number of output channels per server.

  • Up to 880MHz Engine Clock
  • 2GB GDDR5 Memory
  • 1375MHz Memory Clock (5.5 Gbps GDDR5)
  • 176 GB/s memory bandwidth (maximum)

Storage Components

For the past decade, Fission Software has worked closely with Rorke Data Incorporated, an Avnet Company, to offer the best-performing storage offering for Fission HDCore’s turnkey systems.

SAN and DAS Disk Arrays

High performance Disk Arrays (Aurora): Purpose-built, feature-rich RAID that can be used as a direct attached system or as a SAN appliance.  Its performance and unique adaptable design integrates proprietary RAID 6 engine technology (EOS™) with the latest industry-standard hardware components. This design allows this video disk array to “leap-frog” other manufacturers’ hardware ASIC-based RAID controller roadmaps. The resulting solution is affordable cross-platform storage that delivers reliable and sustained high bandwidth performance.

  • Throughput performance: 2300+ MB/s
  • Chassis: Rack mountable, compact 4RU steel and aluminum alloy 24 Bay enclosure with dual hot swap power supplies and cooling modules
  • Raw capacity per enclosure: 72TB
  • RAM: Up to 24GB
  • Host I/O interfaces: Eight 8Gbit Fibre Channel or two 40Gbit InfiniBand host connection
  • RAID protection: RAID levels 0, 1, 6 or 10

Standard Disk Arrays (Galaxy HDX4 24 Bay): Available with either 8Gb/s FC or 6Gb/s SAS host connectivity as well as an integrated 6Gb/s SAS drive backplane. The base enclosure accommodates twenty four SAS or SATA drives, single or dual-controllers as well as JBOD expansion options.

  • Chassis: Rack mountable, compact 4RU steel and aluminum alloy enclosure with folding front handles, dual hot swap power supplies and cooling modules
  • Controllers: Hot swap dual HA controllers with 2GB of RAM [ upgradeable to 4GB ], hot swap Flash / RAM backup battery, supports 104 drives with up to 6 add-on SAS JBODs
  • Drive Support: 3.5-inch 15,000 RPM 6Gb/s SAS drives 300, 450 or 600GB, 3.5-inch 7,200 RPM 3Gb/s SATA drives 1 or 2TB
  • Host I/O interfaces per controller: Four 8Gb/s Fibre Channel ports
  • RAID protection: RAID 0, 1 (0+1), 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60

NAS Disk Arrays

Standard Disk Arrays (Galaxy LX5 24 Bay): A scalable, feature rich NAS in an all-in-one storage system, with standard capacities up to 120TB. It scales above the typical 16TB limits of other NAS systems and offers RAID 6 data protection with a simple to use administration GUI.

  • Chassis: 5RU Steel and Aluminum Alloy enclosure with rack mount kit. Dual FRU power supplies and fan assemblies, and 3Gbit Drive Backplane
  • Drive Support: 24 3.5” x 1” SATA 3Gbit/s hard drives in field replaceable canisters Staggered physical drive spin-up, Drive LED support
  • External I/O Ports: Two (2) GbE host ports, keyboard, mouse for BIOS CLI, SAS expansion on RAID card allows JBOD add-on capacities up to 120TB
  • RAID protection: RAID 0,1,3,5,6 RAID 6 default Physical Drive Error Recovery, Replacement drive rebuild and monitoring ,SMART, Error recovery mechanisms
  • OS: Embedded flash-based Linux

Digital Archive

For long term archive configurations, Fission Software partnered with XenData, a leading provider of digital archive solutions focused on the needs of the media and entertainment industry. XenData digital video archives are installed in over 50 countries, especially at TV stations.

XenData archives range from multi-petabyte server solutions which archive video files to RAID and robotic LTO tape libraries, through to lower cost workstation systems that archive to LTO-5 tape drives. Based on a standard file system, XenData server solutions make the digital video archive appear as a network share which provides easy integration with other standards-based systems. Video files are written to LTO data tape using the open standard POSIX tar format. This is important for long term archives because it means that files can be restored for decades to come using a wide range of native Linux and Unix operating systems, Windows Services for Unix – as well as using XenData software. When these standards based advantages are combined with the ability to deliver the high performance and reliability required for today’s demanding video applications, XenData provides a winning formula for the media and entertainment industry.

SAN Management

Fission HDCore SAN configurations include the Tiger Technology’s metaSAN, which is a high-speed file sharing Storage Area Network (SAN) management software that sets new standards for cross-platform workgroup collaboration. MetaSAN enables multiple users to share access to common data files in workgroups where heavy bandwidth requirements are the norm.

Tiger Technology is a software developer of high performance storage area networking (SAN) management tools. The company’s cross-platform file sharing management software solutions set new standards for multiple users sharing and managing access to bandwidth intensive data consolidated on a centralized storage location.

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