Motorola debuts M3 multimedia server lineup; multi-screen support

Motorola has announced a new family of on-demand multimedia servers that can deliver content and services to televisions, computers and mobile devices.

Motorola on Wednesday announced a new family of on-demand multimedia servers that can deliver content and services to televisions, computers and mobile devices.

Motorola calls the M3 Media Server "fault-resilient" and "carrier-class. The new media servers leverage Motorola's acquisitions of Broadbus Technologies and BitBand Technologies.

The M3 can handle video on demand, Internet video, time-shifted TV, network DVR and on-demand advertising.

It can be deployed in either clusters of rack mount servers or in blade server platforms, and supports "virtually any" networking topology or streaming requirement, including low-density edge streaming and large, centralized deployments.

The M3 family has four members:

  • M3-S100: A solid-state edge server that supports 2,500 SD streams in a 1RU enclosure.
  • M3-S200: A library server and video streamer that stores up to 12TB of media content per 2RU. Supports live ingest and streaming.
  • M3-C600 and C1000: Scalable, modular systems for three-screen media delivery. Support for up to 40,000 SD streams and up to 12 TB of Flash storage from a 10RU chassis. Also supports running streaming, management, distribution and certified third-party applications within a single platform.

The M3 family fits into the company's Media Delivery System, which includes the Motorola CPS-1000 Content Propagation System for cable and the BitBand Maestro content delivery network management system for over-the-top Internet video and IPTV environments.

Here's a promotional video further explaining the devices:

The new server family is scheduled to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2010.