Chyron Corporation

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Genre Broadcasting
Founded 1966
Headquarters Melville, New York, USA
Revenue Investor Relations

The Chyron Corporation is a Melville, New York–based company that develops products and services for digital broadcast graphics creation. The company’s solutions, which include the Axis World Graphics online content creation software and order management system and a range of on-air graphics systems, clip servers, channel branding, and graphics asset management solutions, have earned multiple Emmy Awards[1] and are in use in newsrooms, studios, sports broadcasting facilities, and corporate video environments worldwide.

Company history[edit]

In the early 1970s, the name was changed to Systems Resources Corporation and was located in Plainview, New York only a few miles from the company's present location in Melville. They began manufacturing dot-matrix (5×7) character generators (CG) for airport arrival and departure time displays. They also began manufacturing a clean-looking fixed-font (rom based) CG sold as the Chiron I. It featured the ability to record and retrieve lower thirds and full page text displays for news departments of TV stations as an alternative to art cards, slides or scrolling black felt.

As the newly developed IBM and Memorex 8" floppy disk drives were not yet available for OEM purchase, the company built their own multi-track magnetic storage device, the VidiLoop, based on a two foot loop of computer tape in a thick clear plastic housing. On the Chiron 1 it was used solely for title storage. It was also used on a few early Chiron IIs, but due to increased storage requirements was replaced by Shugart SA901 8" floppy drives as soon as they were available.

The Chiron II featured up to six loadable fonts (typefaces) with, for the time, very high video resolution. The display circuits were running so fast (27 ns) that the fastest ICs available were used and had to be hand selected during manufacture as not all samples were up to par.

It was also their first unit to incorporate a 16-bit mini-computer known as the DataMate-70. That processor's code base was used in the Chyron IV and 4100 series systems, which were the work horses of the mobile sports graphics industry from the late 1970s through most of the 1980s. Programs and fonts were loaded from loop or disk into computer style magnetic core memory. As the font data access needed to be done more quickly than a single core memory could achieve, four core boards were used in parallel to provide faster access. It was also the first CG that had non-monospaced fonts with adjustable inter-row and inter-character spacing.

All of that capability came at a cost too dear for many small market TV stations, and so a spin-off of a project for NBC became the Chiron III (later IIIB); a less capable system that was adequate for many TV news departments was developed and sold. It became the first mobile graphics systems of ABC Sports under Roone Arledge. It was he who pushed the increased use of graphics in sports to what it is today—a significant portion of live sports entertainment. The III's success provided the impetus for the Chyron IV, which was a modernized and reduced package size Chyron II, suitable for mobile use. It quickly replaced the Chyron IIIs as the dominant sports graphics system.

Around 1975, there was an added investor who would provide much needed capital. The reorganization plan included a name change to capitalize on the product's name recognition. The name Chiron was already registered in California, so by changing the I to a Y they were able to keep the familiar sounding name and became initially Chyron Telesystems and, later still, Chyron Corp.

In 1989, Chyron released the iNFiNiT!, with the related Max!, and Maxine! coming later in the 90s.

Chyron grew into the leading hardware manufacturer and software designer of 2D and 3D broadcast character generators in North America. Chyron’s leading character generator application is Lyric (as of 2013, Lyric PRO 8.6) which can produce static and animated graphics for real-time playback to air. Lyric can manage and animate 2D and 3D elements produced in other compositing programs like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Autodesk 3DS Max, etc.

In May 2013, Chyron Corporation merged with Sweden-based company Hego AB and its subsidiaries (collectively, “Hego Group”), a leading provider of graphics and data visualization solutions for TV and sports. The combined company was rebranded as ChyronHego and is headquartered in Melville, New York, with offices in Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.


In the United States the graphics (e.g., lower thirds) generated by character generators, are sometimes known as Chyrons, whether the equipment is made by Chyron or not (a form of genericized trademark).

Financial data[edit]

Chyron's common stock trades on the NASDAQ (Global Market) under the symbol CHYR.


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