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Altinex Rolls Out New Controller

Altinex announced the new CP500-100, the latest in the company's Neutron Series of controllers. Designed to extend the capabilities of the MultiTouch line of touch panels, the Neutron CP500-100 is a rack-mountable, 1RU controller intended for use in installations where several components must interact.

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Altinex announced the new CP500-100, the latest in the company's Neutron Series of controllers. Designed to extend the capabilities of the MultiTouch line of touch panels, the Neutron CP500-100 is a rack-mountable, 1RU controller intended for use in installations where several components must interact, such as boardrooms, lecture halls, residential control systems, and operations centers, according to company officials.

The Ethernet-based Neutron CP500-100 controller supports multiple MultiTouch touch panels and provides control of up to eight RSS bi-directional devices, eight IR devices, eight Relay-based devices, and eight sensor devices, says the company. These capabilities suit it well for managing projectors and LCD/plasma display panels, lighting, motorized equipment such as drop-down screens, and HVAC.

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The controller offers a 12-volt DC power terminal block, an RJ-45 Ethernet port, and multiple five-pin terminal blocks–four each for the sensor inputs, Relay-based devices, RS-232 devices, and IR control. The CP500-100 is designed to work with a variety of sensors, the company says, including motion sensors, IR detectors, AC power sensors, video signal sensors, and RF detectors. According to the company, the four sensor inputs accept sensor output voltages up to 24-vots DC, and each sensor input has an independent trigger level setting that can be used to determine if a sensor has been tripped or activated based on movement, occupancy, or other method depending on the sensor type.

The Neutron controller's eight relays can be used to control external devices such as a projector screen, and can also be used to route power to low power DC devices, says the company. The eight bi-directional RS-232 COM ports can reportedly communicate with almost any serial device. Each port can be individually set with different baud rates, parity, stop bits, and data bits, allowing a control application to operate different devices from a single remote location through the TCP connection via Ethernet. LED indicators on the back of the controller show Ethernet activity and verify RS-232 operation.

Supporting three different methods of IP control, the Neutron CP500-100 controller uses an IR receiver to create an AV system that enables a user to aim a remote control at a wall mount or other receiver, then automatically redirect the remote control's signal to the IR emitters connected to the two output pins of the controller, says the company. Alternately, a computer, controller, or other device can send IR command strings from the Altinex IR library directly to the Neutron Controller using an Altinex MultiTouch panel. Also, according to the company, IR commands can be stored in the Neutron's internal memory for the purpose of controlling external devices.

"The CP500-100 controller builds upon the capabilities of its smaller sibling, the CP500-110 mini-controller, and extends the level of control and connectivity exponentially," said Phil Hale, Altinex vice president of sales and marketing, in a statement. "Compared to the Neutron CP500-110 mini-controller, the new CP500-100 controller offers four times the number of ports at three times the price–making this unit an exceptional value for large AV systems while delivering excellent return on investment."

The Altinex Neutron CP500-100 controller is scheduled to be available in April 2010 for an MSRP of $2,100.



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