sQ Server

sQ Server

Trusted range of high-performance video production servers


Media server

sQ server is designed for media management . Based on a realtime operating system and rugged design, sQ servers can deliver 24/7/365 operation for high-pressure fast-turnaround workflows like news and sports. One or more sQ servers can be controlled by an external manager, called an ISA, enabling fully scalable solutions to be built to meet the needs of the world’s largest content creators.

Heart of Enterprise sQ

The sQ Server is the ingest, editing and playout server at the heart of Enterprise sQ. The system scaling provides any practical number of ingest and output ports; storage from as little as a hundred to many thousands of hours and direct support for tens or even hundreds of editors. Media is encoded and stored using industry-standard codecs and managed at the level of video frames. FrameMagicTM technology guarantees low latency workflows with automated protection of source files to edited sequences. Tandem encoding of broadcast and proxy files ensure immediate access for all users.

New sQ 1200 and sQ 1800

The latest sQ 1200 and sQ 1800 servers offer all these qualities with a smaller form factor, lower power consumption plus 3G SDI, 16 channel audio support, more storage and more disk bandwidth. 10G Ethernet connections deliver the additional bandwidth to editors and other system components.

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Securing overall performance is essential to maintaining end-user satisfaction, which in turn results in sustaining and growing revenue. It is important to take steps to limit the risk of incidents taking place through fault prevention and planning and, if incidents do occur, to ensure that downtime is as short as possible.

To ensure you get the most from your investment, SAM offers comprehensive support packages to suit your needs. Built on a foundation of over 30 years’ experience in supporting broadcast and post-production systems, SAM Care provides a highly skilled 24x7 technical help desk, committed response times, software maintenance support and operates a worldwide spare parts service from over 20 warehouse locations across the globe.

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sQ Series 1000 Overview

  • 100% compatible with existing sQ Servers
  • sQ 1000 series are smaller, more powerful and lower cost
  • 3G SDI, 16 channel audio, more storage, more disk bandwidth
  • Cost is approximately 40% lower than previous generation
  • New servers extend life of Enterprise sQ systems providing opportunities for future system growth

New Features

  • 16 channel audio support
  • SDI recordings, file ingest, editors, SDI playout and file export
  • 2.5x faster than realtime for file ingests and delta frames
  • All software codecs - easily supports more formats in the future
  • 10G or 4x1G Ethernet Network
  • Easier integration into modern IT


  • Uses 12G SAS controller and the latest SAS drives
  • 8x Storage in 2/3 space
  • 3x disk performance than previous generation
  • sQ 1200 has internal storage around 200 HD hours*
  • sQ 1800 has external (2U) storage around 600 HD hours* per array
  • Up to 4 arrays per server for a massive 2,400 HD hours* per sQ1800

Server Options

  • Up to 12 ports I/O
  • AVC Intra, XAVC Intra and 1080p
  • MPEG-1 or H.264 browse
  • sQ 1200 provides 200 HD hours internal storage
  • sQ 1800 provides 600 HD hours per sQ SAS array, up to 4 arrays (2400 HD hours)


  • 3RU
  • Front Loading
  • Individual card cooling
  • sQ 1200 has Internal SAS storage
  • Dual redundant hot swap PSUs
  • Simple back panel layout

Main System Connections

sQ SAS Array

  • External storage array providing up to 600 HD hours*
  • 24 x 1.8TB enterprise class SAS drives
  • Raid 30: 3 x (7+1 parity)
  • 12Gb SAS Interface
  • Dual PSU
  • Up to 4 sQ SAS arrays per sQ server providing 2,400 HD hours*
  • Easily expand storage capacity by adding more sQ SAS arrays - No restriping required
  • Mix and match latest 1.8TB drive arrays with previous 900GB drive arrays

Formats and Standards Supported

  • SD-SDI, HD-SDI & 3G
  • HD Formats - all in 50/59.94Hz):
    • XAVC Intra Class 50 & 100: 720p, 1080i, 1080p
    • AVC Intra Class 50 & 100: 720p, 1080i, 1080p
    • AVC Intra Class 100 1080p
    • DVCPRO HD: 720p, 1080i
  • SD Formats:
    • IMX 30/40/50 Mbit: 625i (50Hz), 525i (59.94Hz)
    • DVCPRO 25/50: 525i59.94, 625i50
  • Unrestricted mixed format on playout
  • LBR Codecs
    • MPEG-1 (1.5Mbit) or MPEG-4/H.264 (2.5Mbit)
* HD hours = AVCI 100Mb/s + 8ch 24bit 48KHz audio

Comparison Table

Feature sQ 800 sQ 1200  sQ 1800 
Size 8U plus 3U per array 3U 3U plus 2U per array
Storage  External, max
400 hrs  
Internal, 200
HD hrs
External, max
2,400 HD hrs
Video parts  Up to 12 Up to 8  Up to 12 
3G SDI  No Yes  Yes 
Max audio channels  8 16  16 
Disk bandwidth  100% (Single FC array) 120%  290% 
Browse create  Real time 2-3 x real time per Engine,multiple Engines 
Network  4 x 1 Gb Ethernet Dual 10 G Ethernet or Quad 1Gb Ethernet
Video formats  SD, 720p, 1080i, 1080p SD, 720p, 1080i, 1080p SD, 720p, 1080i, 1080p 
Compression IMX, DVCPRO,
AVCI Class 50
and Class 100
Class 50 and
Class 100
Class 50 and
Class 100
Codec technology Dedicated and DSP Software Software


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