Routers and Switchers Technology Showcase
Oct 4, 2011 2:50 PM, By Bennett Liles
The Mondo Matrix III switcher from Magenta Research provides UTP extension of HD video, stereo sound, and serial control signals through a port arrangement that is scalable from 16x16 up to 256x512. Compatible with all MultiView-SAP transmitters, receivers, and distribution amplifiers, the unit can be programmed using the front-panel touchscreen, Windows HyperTerminal, Mondo Matrix control software, or third-party systems such as Crestron or AMX. The Mondo Matrix III has added optional addressable duplex capability and the unit is field upgradable. It also has a new replaceable air filter, two DB9 serial connections, true redundant power supplies, and a new backlit 2x16 character LCD to aid in configuration and diagnostics.
Multidyne Video and Fiber Optic Systems equipped its EOS-4000 Series Series switchers with SMPTE 3G HD-SDI re-clocking input/output blades and when these are combined with SMPTE compliant SFP modules it provides 16 re-clocked optical outputs. The switchers create a solution for routing DVI single and dual link, HDMI, RGB-HV, SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G HD-SDI signals optically. The enterprise version of the EOS-4000 Series can be remotely controlled through a built-in Web GUI for a browser interface using SSL for a secure link or with Crestron or AMX controller on RS-232 or IP. The EOS-4000 enterprise version software allows separate monitoring of input sources and output destinations. The unit supports SMPTE 424M 1080p 3Gbps HD-SDI, SMPTE 292M 1.485Gbps, and SMPTE 259M 270Mbps standards.
The ODM3636 from Opticis allows switching of up to 36 DVI inputs and outputs with DDC functions and user-assigned EDID configuration through various means including front panel, EDID learning from the connected display and storing on EEPROM, linked programming, and the Opticis GUI dedicated software. Configuration and control options include front-panel buttons and LCD display, USB port, IR remote, RS-232, and web interface. Third-party control is possible through standard ASCII or binary codes. The switcher supports graphic resolution up to 1920x1200 at 60Hz and 1080p.
For pro AV and broadcast applications, Pesa designed the Cheetah 144NE Fiber fiber routing switcher with HD-SDI and 3G-SDI video capability in sizes from 36x36 up to 144x144 all in a 4RU frame. Features include redundant power, third-party control capability, and a 144x144 hot-swappable crosspoint matrix. I/O cards allow expansion and reconfiguration in groups of 36 inputs or outputs using standard LC-type fiber SFP modules. Based on single-mode 1310nm lasers, the cards can also be used in multi-mode applications. Each frame includes a Matrix Frame Controller that monitors critical parameters and auto-discovers any new I/O cards added to the frame. The unit is compatible with all Pesa RCP remote control panels and supports web-based control.
The EDM series of digital matrix routing switchers from RTCom USA provides a wide variety of configurations using various field swappable I/O cards in the basic frame. DVI and HDMI video signals may be extended with the addition of fiber-optic or Cat-6 ports. Available cards include HDMI 1.3, DVI with SPDiF audio routing, DVI Basic, DVI Dual Link, 3G HD-SDI, Display Port, fiber optic, and Cat-6. The unit includes EDID management with built-in read and learn functions, and it can handle up to 128 HDCP keys. The EDM-1818M can accommodate up to 18 inputs and 18 outputs with three ports per modular input/output card, and it is controllable through RS-232, LAN, and the front-panel buttons. Resolution support extends to 1920x1200 at 60Hz and 1080p with built-in noise protection circuits in each input and output port.
Designed on a three-board architecture using an input board, crosspoint board, and an output board, the Utah-400 series routers from Utah Scientific are scalable for very large matrix applications requiring 288x288 up to 1056x1056 and beyond. The routers can handle a variety of video data formats including 3G HD signals. Input circuits have a signal detector that can send an alarm to the frame's alarm processor when it detects a loss of signal on the input. Each output circuit has a signal presence detector for alarm reporting and automated troubleshooting and a re-clocking circuit to ensure maximum signal quality at the output of the matrix. The Utah-400 units are available with fiber-optic ports in place of the coax connections. A separate output is provided with H.264 streaming for monitoring over a network.
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