Oct 5, 2010 1:25 PM, By Bennett Liles
Customizable in I/O configurations from 8x8 up to 80x80 in a choice of four modular, field-upgradable frame sizes, the MX-DVI-FR80R from Lightware USA is a DVI 1.0- and HDMI 1.3-compliant matrix switcher with eight channels on each I/O board (except for the Dual Link DVI I/O boards, which have four channels). Any type of input signal including DVI, HDMI, fiber-optic, and Cat-5/6/7 can be tied to any output in any of those formats. Equipped with hot-swappable redundant power supplies, the MX-DVI-FR80R can be controlled via the front panel, RS-232/RS-422, or Ethernet with a built-in web server. The unit also features 50 factory preset and 50 user-programmable EDID memories.
A star in the 762 series of routing switchers from Link Electronics, the 762-XLHD7272L/75 has a single front-loaded power supply and can include an optional redundant power supply. Designed for professional video production facilities, the unit has 72x72 switching housed in a 4RU chassis, interfaced on BNC connectors, and it is controllable on the illuminated front panel by RS-232 or Ethernet. The unit handles data rates up to 1.4835Gbps and features audio-follow-video and breakaway modes. Modular construction allows easy upgrades to include more features, and analog switchers in the line can be field-upgraded to digital applications.
With automatic format conversion for video and sound along with the ability to mix and manage HDCP and nonHDCP content, the Voyager VG-Matrix series switchers from Magenta Research can be field-configured in increments of eight inputs up to 320x320. Among its other features are delay-free HDCP switching through pre-authorization; support for mixed single-mode and multimode fiber transmission; and dual redundant, hot-swappable power supplies with dual AC inputs. The unit can transmit up to 6600ft. on multimode and 99,000ft. on single-mode fiber. In addition to multiple video and sound formats, the Voyage VG matrix also switches USB 2.0 and IR/RS-232 control data.
The MultiDyne EOS-4000 series of electro-optical routing switchers can switch electro-optical signals up to 4.25Gbps via SFP and up to 10Gbps via XFP. The EOS series is controllable by 10/100 Ethernet or over RS-232 serial connections. Scalable in size and bandwidth, the router is designed to accept 4.25Gbps modular I/O interface blades with up to 16 small form-factor pluggable (SFP) transceiver modules per blade or 10Gbps modular I/O interface blades with up to nine XFP 10Gbps SFP modules per blade. The series also supports hot-swappable fans, power supplies, and support cards. The new enterprise version offers new monitoring software featuring an embedded web GUI with SSL security.
Opticis designed the OMM-2000 router to switch up to 36 DVI sources with digital audio (on RCA ports) to 36 outputs and support DDC and HDCP with those signals. In addition to using the local touchpanel, operators can control the unit remotely with RS-232, USB, and Ethernet. The unit also allows operators to designate EDID to inputs in three ways. The recallable factory EDID setting may be used by selecting the connected monitors or by using a third-party program. The local touchpanel allows setup and configuration along with monitoring and diagnosis for input and output stats. The unit supports video resolutions up to 1920x1200 and HD 1080p.
Introduced by Pesa in February, the new 384x720 Cheetah line of high-performance fiber-optic and coax-based matrix switchers handle computer video and 3G-SDI/HD-SDI digital video using front-loaded power supplies, matrix cards, and control cards. The 384XR can expand from 16x16 to 384x720 with support for stereoscopic requirements. When used with the VidBlox fiber/coax dual-link DVI extenders, the I/O cards can perform full uncompressed distribution of 1080p/60. For fiber transmission, the 384XR accepts multimode and single-mode I/O cards and can be configured in either rectangular or square matrix sizes. When configured with the 3500PRO or PERC2000 Control system, the 384XR can provide system monitoring and self diagnostics of all inboard cards.
The new cross-platform modular MXA series routers from PureLink, the MXA-1600 Pro (16x16) and the MXA-3200 Pro (32x32) handle separate routing of HDMI/DVI video and balanced analog audio. The unit may be custom configured by adding individual slot loaded PCBs for DVI or HDMI while the audio is configured with separate boards featuring Phoenix connectors. Input/output boards for DVI, HDMI, Cat-5, and fiber optic may be used. For mission critical applications, dual redundant power supplies assure continuous uptime. In addition to front-panel controls, the units include PureLink's advanced GUI and proprietary software.
The EDM-8080M from RTcom USA supports HDMI, DVI, HD-SDI, and DisplayPort simultaneously on interchangeable cards with fiber-optic and Cat-6 ports. Processing included EDID management with read and learn functions and HDCP with up to 128 keys. Input and output cards include HDMI 1.3, DVI with SPDiF audio routing, DVI basic, DVI dual-link, 3G HD-SDI, DisplayPort, fiber-optic, and Cat-6. I/O can extend to 80 channels, and each card slot consists of eight ports supporting resolutions up to WUXGA and HDTV signals up to 1080p with built-in noise protection circuits on each input and output. User-defined nonVESA resolutions are also supported. The unit can be controlled on the front panel, by RS-232, or LAN.
In security and data distribution along with video matrix switching in VGA, SVGA, XVGA, and UXGA formats, Smart-AVI offers the AVRouter32 line in various models for different configurations. In resolutions up to 1920x1200, video switching and distribution can be controlled by RS-232 using a Windows GUI and a very straightforward matrix routing pattern. The SmartControl software also allows setting up switching macros to control multiple presets with a single command. IP control is also available with support for http and telnet. Any infrared system can also be used to teach IR commands for control up to 30ft. away.
The Sirius 830 is the latest in Snell’s Sirius 800 series of large-scale, multiformat expandable routing switchers. The 16RU Sirius 830 offers a more compact 288x288 frame size for mid- to large-scale studio or OB productions, with the ability to add an additional 144 independently controllable outputs for connection to any Snell or third-party multiviewer solution. The Sirius line features high-performance crosspoint modules for flexible routing of SD, HD, ASI, 3Gbps, and embedded audio signals. Optional redundant crosspoints use intelligent path monitoring, which compares signals through the main and redundant path to identify any crosspoint failure. The router can automatically switch to the redundant path and issue a user alarm through Snell’s system-wide MCM control and monitoring application. The front-panel touchscreen presents status and diagnostic information, and Snell’s unique Catsii technology provides indication of router I/O status. Four independent monitoring outputs enable I/O signal health monitoring.
Fully compliant with SMPTE 292M and 259M, the TVOne S2-108HD switcher can act in standalone mode or as an input expansion module for any of the C2-2000 series scaler switchers via a D-15 option cable. All of the S2 series switchers can be controlled by front-panel pushbuttons, infrared remote, or RS-232 on a 9-pin D-sub. The unit can input eight SD/HD-SDI inputs and route them to two SD/HD-SDI outputs with automatic reclocking and equalization, and it can work as a desktop model or it is available with single and dual rackmount kits. Data rates are automatically detected and features include a loss of lock indicator.
The Utah Scientific Utah-100 series routers cover capacity scenarios from 8x8 to 32x32 and have recently added to its ranks the Utah 100/32HD with the same reclocking, equalization, and 3Gbps capability along with both serial and Ethernet controllability using a web browser interface. The router features redundant power through an additional wall-mount power supply or the PSU-12 power supply unit that can provide power for multiple Utah-100 series chassis. The Utah-100 family handles all signal types in both fixed frame and modular designs and can be used in industrial and broadcast applications.
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