Routers and Switchers
Oct 11, 2012 2:03 PM, By Bennett Liles
Ease of operation tops Barco’s list of design features in the PDS series switchers, and the company combines this with the ability to output the program signal on DVI and analog connections simultaneously. The inputs of the PDS-902 include four VGA, four DVI-I, and a 3G SDI on BNC connectors, while the outputs provide both program and preview. The 1RU switcher can be operated on its Ethernet port using computer, Smartphone, tablet, or by Encore or ScreenPRO-II controller. The unit provides 10-bit sampling and processing, high-quality scaling, and a de-interlacer with diagonal filter.
The AC1123A from Black Box Network Services is a 16x16 matrix switcher with video inputs on VGA and audio inputs on 3.5mm jacks. The video outputs are VGA and the audio outs are on screw terminals. The unit may be controlled by front-panel buttons or remotely by serial connections. It can also store and recall up to eight preset routing patterns manually or on a time schedule using the built-in clock. All of the VGA switchers can be used with the Black Box mini Cat-5 extenders to carry VGA signals several hundred feet.
Designed by Communication Specialties to be capable of configuration to suit any installation scenario, the Fiberlink OM32 Matrix can be ordered with input or output modules in increments of one and the number of input and output channels need not be matched. Supporting SMPTE compliant 3G, HD, and SD-SDI data rates, the OM32 can connect with single-mode and multimode fiber in a single system, while remote control is available via serial or Ethernet ports. The 3RU chassis is available with LC or ST fiber connectors.
The DM-MD3232 DigitalMedia Switcher switcher from Crestron incorporates both copper and fiber functionality with HDCP compliance in one platform. The unit can also handle stereo and multi-channel sound simultaneously along with providing support for Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and uncompressed linear PCM. It is based on a modular architecture with 32 input card slots and eight quad output card slots. DM switchers also support routing of DVI, DisplayPort Multimode, and RGB computer video signals. The appropriate DM receivers can add scaling capability.
Custom configuration and expandability is a main theme with DVIGear and the MXP series routing switchers exemplify this by allowing a selection of more than 50 different types of I/O cards that can be used in any combination. For example, an analog VGA or HD-SDI signal can be input on copper cables and output as an HDMI signal over a fiber-optic cable. The DVI-MXP-FR80 provides all of the MXP series features on 80 I/O connections in a 15RU frame. EDID management is stored on up to 50 factory presets and 50 user-defined memories.
Ensemble Designs lets users begin with a simple 8x2 system on the base 9430 router module and expand the Avenue Signal Integration System up to 28x2, 2x28, or any combination in between. A tray-based system housed in a 1RU or 3RU frame can fit any mix of 1.5Gbps HD, 3Gbps HD, SD, MPEG, analog video, and audio processing modules. Routing can be controlled from a variety of locations using touchscreen panels, express panels, and PC interfaces. Any number of frames can be interconnected on LAN using the AveNet Over IP feature (AVIP).
Extron XTP Systems provide an integrated switching and distribution solution for multiple digital and analog formats. They support local connectivity as well as extended transmission capability for sending high-resolution video, audio, RS-232, and Ethernet up to 330ft. over a single UTP cable. They are modular and expandable up to 16x16 or 32x32, and can be populated with HDCP-compliant input and output boards for transmission with XTP transmitters and receivers. I/O boards are also available for direct HDMI, DVI, VGA, video, and audio connections to support local sources and displays. Features include EDID Minder, (HDCP) Key Minder, and hot-swappable modular components.
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