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Product Type: Modular Encoding Platform
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Product Description

The D9036-2AC-1RU CISCO supports multiple SDI inputs including SMPTE-292M, SMPTE-259M, SMPTE-296M, SMPTE-424M, accommodating a variety of systems such as 1080i @ 29.97 Hz, 720p @ 59.94 Hz, and 525 @ 60 Hz with an impedance of 75 ohms unbalanced and a connector type of BNC. It features audio capabilities with 16 Digital AES3 inputs per MMA module, supporting up to 64 embedded channels, and provides output resolutions including 1920x1080i, 1280x720p, and 720x576i with chroma format of 4:2:0 and video prefiltering techniques like Deblocking and Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering (MCTF). The device ensures high-quality transmission with a bit rate of 1.485 Gb/s ±10 ppm and supports inverse telecine 3:2 pulldown inversion for efficient video processing.

FAQs for the D9036-2AC-1RU

  • What are the supported SDI input standards?
    The supported SDI input standards include SMPTE-292M, SMPTE-259M, SMPTE-296M, and SMPTE-424M.
  • How does the system handle different frame rates and resolutions?
    It supports various systems such as 1080i @ 29.97 Hz, 1080i @ 25 Hz, 720p @ 59.94 Hz, 720p @ 50 Hz, 625 @ 50 Hz, and 525 @ 60 Hz.
  • What is the input impedance and level for the SDI input?
    The input impedance is 75 ohms unbalanced with an 800 mVpp nominal input level.
  • Can you detail the return loss specifications?
    Return loss is ≥ 15 dB from 5 to 1.485 GHz and ≥ 10 dB from 1.485 to 2.97 GHz.
  • What connector type is used for the SDI input?
    A BNC connector is used for the SDI input.
  • What are the bit rate and jitter acceptance specifications?
    The bit rate is 1.485 Gb/s ±10 ppm, and jitter acceptance follows SMPTE RP-184.
  • What aspect ratios does the system support?
    The system supports 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios.
  • How is AFD signaling handled?
    AFD signaling can be manually set or automated with SMPTE-2016.
  • What are the audio input and output capabilities?
    It supports 16 Digital AES3 inputs per MMA module, 64 embedded channels (any group or pair), and 4 AES3 reference outputs per MMA module with a mini sub-D connector for AES3 and adapter for AES3id input/output.
  • How many audio channels can each module support?
    Each MMA module can support up to 32 stereo or 8 5.1 multichannel + 8 stereo audios MPEG-1 LII, AAC, HE-AAC, Dolby Digital, and up to 22 stereo or six 5.1 multichannel + six stereo audios Dolby Digital Plus.

Product Review

The CISCO D9036-2AC-1RU excels in versatility, supporting a wide range of SDI inputs and systems, including multiple SMPTE standards, which allows for seamless integration into various broadcast environments. However, its audio handling, while comprehensive with support for up to 32 stereo or 8 5.1 multichannel audios per MMA module, might be seen as complex for setups requiring straightforward audio configurations. Additionally, the device's support for multiple video resolutions and advanced prefiltering features like Deblocking and MCTF positions it as a strong contender for high-quality video processing, though the complexity in configuring these options may require a steep learning curve for users unfamiliar with advanced video encoding settings.


The CISCO D9036-2AC-1RU is designed to meet the demands of modern broadcasting environments, offering a comprehensive solution for video processing and distribution. This unit is equipped with advanced hardware specifications to accommodate a wide range of video and audio formats, ensuring high-quality transmission across various systems. For video inputs, the D9036 supports multiple SDI formats, including SMPTE-292M, SMPTE-259M, SMPTE-296M, and SMPTE-424M. This flexibility allows the device to handle a variety of video resolutions and frame rates such as 1080i at both 29.97 Hz and 25 Hz, 720p at 59.94 Hz and 50 Hz, and standard definition resolutions at 625 @ 50 Hz and 525 @ 60 Hz. The input impedance is set at 75 ohms unbalanced, with a nominal input level of 800 mVpp. The return loss performance is excellent, providing ≥ 15 dB from 5 to 1.485 GHz and ≥ 10 dB from 1.485 to 2.97 GHz, ensuring signal integrity over a wide frequency range. BNC connectors are used for reliable physical connections. The unit also boasts a bit rate of 1.485 Gb/s ±10 ppm and adheres to SMPTE RP-184 for jitter acceptance, guaranteeing a stable and clear video signal.
  • Aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9 are supported, alongside manual or automated AFD signaling with SMPTE-2016.
  • Audio capabilities include 16 Digital AES3 inputs per MMA module, with support for up to 64 embedded channels. The system can manage 32 stereo or 8 5.1 multichannel + 8 stereo audios in MPEG-1 LII, AAC, HE-AAC, and Dolby Digital formats per MMA module.
  • For audio outputs, there are 4 AES3 reference outputs per module, using a mini sub-D for AES3 and an adapter for AES3id input/output, including Dolby metadata.
The embedded audio conforms to SMPTE-299M and SMPTE-272M standards, with a sample frequency locked to 48 kHz and a resolution of 20 bits, ensuring high fidelity sound. The chroma format supported is 4:2:0, suitable for broadcast and streaming applications. In terms of video processing, the D9036 provides several modes including Capped VBR, and it features inverse telecine for 3:2 pulldown inversion. Horizontal resolutions supported include 1920, 1440, 1280, and 960 for 1080i at 50/60 Hz; 1280, 960, and 640 for 720p at 50/60 Hz; and varying resolutions for standard definition formats at their respective frame rates. Vertical resolutions are available for 1080i, 720p, 576i, and 480i formats. The unit also incorporates advanced video prefiltering technologies like Deblocking and Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering (MCTF), enhancing the visual quality of the output signal. The CISCO D9036-2AC-1RU stands out for its comprehensive support of video and audio standards, combined with its advanced processing capabilities, making it an ideal choice for broadcasters seeking a versatile and high-performing solution for their networking needs.


Part Number and ManufacturerCISCO D9036-2AC-1RU
SDI InputsSMPTE-292M, SMPTE-259M, SMPTE-296M, SMPTE-424M
Supported Formats1080i @ 29.97 Hz, 1080i @ 25 Hz, 720p @ 59.94 Hz, 720p @ 50 Hz, 625 @ 50 Hz, 525 @ 60 Hz
Impedance75 ohms, unbalanced
Standard Input Level800 mVpp nominal
Minimum Return Loss≥ 15 dB from 5 to 1.485 GHz, ≥ 10 dB from 1.485 to 2.97 GHz
Input/Output Connector TypeBNC
Data Rate1.485 Gb/s ±10 ppm
Jitter ComplianceMeets SMPTE RP-184 requirements
Supported Aspect Ratios4:3, 16:9
AFD Signaling OptionsManual or automatic via SMPTE-2016
Audio Inputs16 Digital AES3 per MMA module, 64 embedded channels, Dolby metadata input
Audio Outputs4 AES3 reference outputs per MMA module
Audio ConnectorsMini sub-D for AES3, adapter for AES3id
Audio Channels (MMA Module)32 stereo or 8 5.1 channels + 8 stereo, supports MPEG-1 LII, AAC, HE-AAC, Dolby Digital
Audio Channels (Dolby Digital Plus)Up to 22 stereo or six 5.1 channels + six stereo
Embedded Audio StandardSMPTE-299M, SMPTE-272M
Embedded Audio Sample Rate48 kHz (synced to video)
Embedded Audio Bit Depth20 bits
Video Chroma Subsampling4:2:0
Compression ModesVariable Bit Rate (Capped)
Film Mode Conversion3:2 pull-down reversal
Horizontal Resolutions1080i: 1920, 1440, 1280, 960 @ 50/60 Hz; 720p: 1280, 960, 640 @ 50/60 Hz; 576i: 720, 704, 640, 528, 480, 352 @ 25 Hz; 480i: 720, 704, 640, 544, 528, 480 @ 29.97 Hz
Vertical Resolutions1080i, 720p, 576i, 480i
Video Prefiltering TechniquesDeblocking, Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering (MCTF)

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