TICO Alliance launches to support 4K

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 09 April 2015

Broadcast equipment manufacturers, OEM providers, broadcasters, electronics brands and technology companies have come together to form the TICO Alliance to address 4K Ultra HD video delivery workflows.

TICO is a lightweight compression technology that enables 4K to be transported over legacy SDI infrastructure and modern IP production and contribution networks. Work is now on-going at the SMPTE to publish TICO as a registered disclosure document (RDD) for the benefit of the entire broadcast and media industry.

Developed by intoPIX, TICO has support from Altera Corporation, Artel Video Systems, Embrionix, Grass Valley, Image Matters, Imagine Communications, Keisoku Giken, Macnica Americas, Nevion, Ross Video and Xilinx.

"Our company sees the advantage of TICO for live production environments," said Charles Meyer, CTO of production for Grass Valley. "The UHD TV roadmap calls for ever increasing data rates. TICO allows us to provide our customers infrastructure scalability for the next decade while simultaneously reducing latency to imperceptible levels."

TICO's backers say that it supports visually lossless compression up to 4:1, and the mapping of a single 4K/UHD 2160p60 stream over a single 3G-SDI link. Over 10Gbps Ethernet, it allows the simultaneous transmission of up to three 4K streams.

"Imagine Communications is focused on enabling 4K/UHD for our customers," said Steve Reynolds, CTO at Imagine Communications. "We see both 3G SDI and 10GbE as essential parts of that ecosystem and we are fully supportive of the TICO initiative. Collaboration among industry leaders in establishing universal standards is critical as we address the challenges of moving the industry towards live production of 4K/UHD."