Media Links, Seiko Solutions and FOR-A Collaborate on IP Ecosystem

IP Contribution and Production Solution Features JPEG-XS Media Gateways up to 4K-UHD, PTP Synchronization, and IP/SDI Multi-Purpose Signal Processor

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Cypress, CA, April 18, 2022 – As part of the company's focus on "Software-Defined IP Solutions" at this year's NAB convention, FOR-A has announced a partnership with premiere IP transport provider Media Links and network time synchronization professional Seiko Solutions Inc. to create an end-to-end IP contribution and production ecosystem. The collaboration will provide low-latency IP contribution including the option of JPEG XS compression and Precision Time Protocol (PTP) for the precise synchronization of video and audio signals in hybrid IP-baseband systems. This IP-based contribution solution will be connected to FOR-A's new IP/SDI multi-purpose signal processor for a complete and seamless workflow.

The company will demonstrate its latest solutions at the 2022 NAB Show (Booth C5408), which runs April 24-27 in Las Vegas, Nev.

"This partnership brings together three industry-leading companies to create an effective and reliable end-to-end IP workflow solution with precise synchronization for today's production environments," said Satoshi Kanemura, President, FOR-A Corporation of America. "We are proud to be part of this important collaboration to help improve live productions that rely on traditional and IP-based sources."

The new workflow combines some of the latest technology from Media Links, Seiko Solutions and FOR-A. FOR-A's new advanced signal processor (to debut at NAB 2022) will provide all types of conversion and synchronization of IP signals - as transported across wide area networks by the Media Links MDP3020 MAX IP media gateway and distribute those signals under the highest accuracy of PTP synchronization - secured by Seiko's PTP Grandmaster clock.

With a 140-year history as a provider of time solutions and cutting-edge products, Seiko brand is widely known for its high-quality watches and clocks. As an ICT (Information and Communication Technology) solutions company that carries the brand, Seiko Solutions Inc. provides various product lines, including highly accurate and robust PTP Grandmaster clocks that realize time synchronization in areas such as broadcasting, social infrastructure, and data centers. The Grandmaster clock accepts multiple GNSS with holdover accuracy for redundancy. “This is the type of environment where our PTP Grandmaster clock can really shine," said Jun Sekine, President, Seiko Solutions Inc. “It will play a critical important role in this IP ecosystem and serve to differentiate it from others without high-precision time synchronization. We’re very excited about this collaboration with FOR-A and Media Links."

As part of Media Links' 100G IP solution portfolio, the modular Media Links MDP3020 MAX Media Gateway is designed for mission-critical IP transport of digital television signals in the most demanding and challenging applications. It employs SMPTE standards for video signal transmission and supports JPEG 2000 and JPEG XS compression, as well as hitless switching for highly reliable IP transmission. "Our secure and low latency IP contribution platform will fit seamlessly inside this end-to-end IP ecosystem," said Al Nunez, President, Media Links, U.S. "We're looking forward to seeing customers' reactions after they witness its performance at NAB this year."

In keeping with FOR-A's mission to provide "Software-Defined IP Solutions," this collaboration presents a seamless, low-latency IP-based contribution and distribution solution with precision synchronization and a powerful signal processor for conversion of any format.

"We're thrilled to have such great collaboration," added Kanemura. "These are three best-in-breed technologies that combine to provide an unparalleled IP ecosystem. It addresses all the challenges our customers have shared with us. We're looking forward to a very promising NAB this month."

About Seiko Solutions Inc.

In keeping with the principle of Seiko’s founder, Kintaro Hattori, to be “always one step ahead of the rest," Seiko Solutions, as an operating company of Seiko Holdings, has continued to offer ICT solutions that support the transformation of our customers’ business models based on their perspectives. To support our customers in digital transformation and maintain sustainable growth together, we will provide optimal one-stop solutions to meet their increasingly complex needs, from consultation to system construction and operation management, with ingenuity and a sense of speed. More information at:

About Media Links

Media Links, a Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award winner is best known for providing its media over IP transport and switching solutions for the world’s most watched sporting and entertainment events. The Company’s product portfolio is used for broadcasting the Winter & Summer Olympics, World Cup Soccer, Professional/Amateur American Football, Baseball and Basketball games, political conventions, entertainment showcases and much more. Media Links’ mission is to offer broadcasters and network providers throughout the world leading edge transport technology, enabling them to move all types of professional media – including 4K UHD/HD/SD SDI video, SMPTE ST2110, audio signals as well as high bandwidth data – across multi-service Ethernet/IP networks. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Kawasaki, Japan, Media Links is the umbrella brand name supported by Media Links in Japan, Media Links Inc. in the USA, Media Links EMEA in the UK and Media Links AU Pty Ltd. in Australia. Media Links common stock is listed and traded on the JASDAQ Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange under the Security Code Number 6659. For more information, please visit:

About FOR-A

FOR-A, a worldwide, industry-leading manufacturer, offers a wide range of Broadcast and Production products with a focus on cutting-edge technologies including: HD, 4K and IP Products.

FOR-A continues to offer future-ready, cost effective, advanced technology solutions. Products include: Video Switchers, Routing Switchers, Multi Viewers, Full 4K High-Speed Cameras, IP Encoders/Decoders, Multi-Channel Signal Processors, 8K/4K/HD Test Signal Generators, Color Correctors, Frame Synchronizers, File-Based Products, Character Generators, Video Servers and much more.

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