Routers and Switchers
Apr 5, 2013 1:43 PM, By Bennett Liles
Available in sizes from 4x4 up to 32x32, the XTP CrossPoint 3200 series modular digital matrix switchers from Extron feature a 15.2Gbps data rate digital backplane, RS-232 insertion from the Ethernet control port and customizable setup through the system’s assortment of I/O boards. HDCP-compliant operation and Speedswitch technology allow rapid switching of HDCP-encrypted content. User-friendly control software provides system configuration for features such as I/O memory presets and the QS-FPC QuickSwitch Front Panel Controller with tri-color backlit buttons.
Up to nine digital and analog sources can be routed to as many as four digital displays on HDMI v1.3 with the DV-MFSW-94, a 3RU hybrid matrix switcher introduced by FSR at InfoComm 2012. Sending out video that is scaled for each display device, the system can incorporate fiber and Cat-X inputs for long-distance lines, and it is IP and RS-232 controllable. There is also a fifth audio output so that sound systems can be supplied with analog audio from any source.
Gefen’s one-box, rack-mountable 8x8 Crosspoint Matrix for HDMI has signal extension capabilities built into the same frame and routes eight high-def sources to eight displays or projectors using HDMI. All eight outputs can be extended using one Cat-5 cable per display up to 330ft., and eight sender units are packaged within the matrix enclosure. Gefen’s ELR technology uses HDBaseT and enables long-distance delivery of 1080p full HD with multi-channel audio and 3DTV pass-through. This matrix uses small receiver units, which are powered over the Cat-5 and installed at the extended display or projector location.
Designed by IHSE USA to extend practically any USB, audio, or serial device up to 918ft. over Cat-X cabling, the Draco tera compact 8 can extend and switch signals with video resolution up to 2048x1152@60Hz. IHSE USA’s flex-port technology allows each port to auto-configure itself as a source or destination and KVM configurations can range from a single computer to seven consoles or one user to seven CPU devices or any combination in between. Control options include an on-screen display, Java-based control software and third-party controllers with the expanded API command protocol. The unit can also be integrated with larger KVM networks.
The KanexPro HDMM3232A 32x32 modular matrix switcher allows custom configuration with any combination of I/O cards, and with cross-switching ranging from VGA, DVI, HDMI, SD/HD/3G-SDI, to HDMI over twisted-pair and fiber-optic hot-swappable input and output cards. The 5RU rack frame also features power-fail memory function and audio breakaway. It is fully controllable through RS-232 and optional TCP/IP when used with third-party control systems. The front panel LCD can be used for operation and to monitor the unit’s working status.
The award-winning Aspen 3232 3G HD−SDI matrix switcher from Kramer Electronics can drive 3G signals up to 557ft. and it requires less than 32W of power including the power consumed by its standard built-in routing switcher control system and front panel. The switcher can be accessed via a TCP/IP or RS-232/422 serial interface and the built−in web server provides control and setup from any browser and many handheld devices. It is designed for use in broadcast facilities, rental and staging, higher education, and many other applications.
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