Routers and Switchers
Apr 5, 2013 1:43 PM, By Bennett Liles
The latest line of digital matrix switchers from Lightware USA is the 25G Hybrid, which operates with Lightware’s Modular Extender (MODEX) family of signal extenders. The switcher manages and distributes all digital and analog signals over a single Cat-5 cable or fiber via specially developed input/output cards combined with audio add-ons. Handling HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort1.2 video signals, it is also ready for 4K and stereo 3D formats. The multilayer switching design allows breakaway routing for all signal types where they are recombined at the output for a single connection.
Magenta’s Mondo Matrix III features optional, addressable duplex capability and a variety of redundancy and performance improvements. This enables digital signage applications to collect individual display data and metrics in addition to providing independent control over each display. Like its predecessor, the field upgradable Mondo III also allows for the addition of inputs and outputs in increments of 16, and supports a maximum configuration of 256x512. Compatibility with all MultiView products enables the extension of 1920x1200 video, stereo audio, and serial signals over a range of 2000ft.
Opticis markets the OMM-1000 16x16 DVI Electrical/Optical Router to switch up to 16 DVI inputs to 16 digital displays using general PC software like Hyperlink terminal, Telnet or web browser. Controllable through the front panel, RS-232, or IP, the switcher is configured using 4x4 DVI I/0 cards inserted into the rear of the rack frame. Capable of handling video resolution up to 1920x1200@60Hz, the OMM-1000 supports EDID in three modes: Default Mode, Auto Mix Mode, and Output Copy Mode. Reliability is assured through dual hot-swappable power supplies and it can work with Opticis DVI optical extenders for long-distance transmission.
The OMX-16 non-blocking crosspoint switcher from Opticomm handles digital signals using either a high-speed optical blade up to 4.25 Gbps per port (OMX-SFP-B ) holding up to 16 Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) transceiver modules or the 10/100/1000 copper Ethernet blade (OMX-ETH-B). A physical layer switch, the OMX-16 does not alter the protocol or structure of data. The unit enables cross connection between copper and optical cables and it provides conversion between multimode and single-mode fiber lines. The OMX-16 is the single-card unit but Opticomm offers OMX switchers with up to 288 ports.
Capable of routing high-definition video and up to 7.1 channel audio from eight HDMI sources to any of eight remote displays, the Pesa PRO-8x8-HDMI-CAT 8x8 HDMI router accomplishes this through Cat-5/5e/6 cabling. The router allows any source to be displayed on any combination of displays using panel buttons, IR remote, USB, or serial control. Each receiver unit has an AV signal port and an accompanying control port, both on RJ-45s. It also has a push button for sequential source selection and an eight-level equalization control.
The Binary HDMI 4x4 matrix switcher from SnapAV offers four simultaneous HDMI and Cat-5e outputs switched from four HDMI inputs. Four bidirectional IR paths between sources and displays allow for transmission distances up to 130ft. with the optional 1-Cat receivers. Integrated system controllers can operate the switcher using either IR or bidirectional RS 232. The unit fits a single rack space while front-panel indicators show source status and input/output connections, and it includes support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio.
For end-to-end fiber routing of video and peripheral signals over single-mode and multimode fiber, the 6.22Gbps MX48 is protocol agnostic. Thinklogical has designed it with redundant, hot-swappable, current-sharing power supply modules. Expandable from 16x16 up to 48x48, it supports a number of different formats including DVI, Dual-link DVI, 3G, HD, SD SDI, Dual-link SDI, USB HID, USB 1.1, USB 2.0 (high speed, full 480 Mbs), FireWire 800, serial, PS/2, and bidirectional audio. The unit is equipped with LC-type fiber connections and it can be controlled through a network or serial terminal.
TV One designed the C3-340 CORIO matrix to provide up, down, and cross conversion between analog and digital video formats through 3G-SDI. Housed in a 4RU frame, the switcher can be custom configured with a choice of I/O modules including up to 32 I/O for DVI, HDMI, 3G-SDI, RGB/YPbPr, and up to 60 I/O for HD/SD-SDI using all 4x input modules. The unit can be controlled through IP or serial connections, and Windows-based software is provided for control and setup. A single monitoring card allows video to be viewed on 1 or 2 outputs for signal verification.
Utah Scientific has introduced an extension of the UTAH-100/UDS routing switcher family to provide support for the new 4K (6 Gbps) signal format. Routers in this new series range from 32x32 to 144x144 and offer the same control options as the very successful UDS routers introduced in 2012. Complementing the new 4K routers will be a new 4K signal-processing module that provides multiplexing and demultiplexing of 1.5Gbps and 3Gbps streams to and from the 6Gbps signal.
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