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Extron Intros 320x320 Matrix Switcher

Extron Electronics introduced its new FOX 4G Matrix 320x, a high-performance, modular fiber-optic matrix switcher designed for end-to-end digital AV signal transmission and routing over fiber-optic cable in large environments such as university and corporate campuses.

Extron Electronics introduced its new FOX 4G Matrix 320x, a high-performance, modular fiber-optic matrix switcher designed for end-to-end digital AV signal transmission and routing over fiber-optic cable in large environments such as university and corporate campuses. It is expandable from 16x16 up to 320x320 and supports digital switching at rates up to 4.25 Gbps, according to the company.

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With hot-swappable I/O boards, real-time system monitoring, and redundant, hot-swappable power supplies, Extron says the FOX 4G Matrix 320x delivers reliable, enterprisewide switching of fiber optic A/V and control signals for large scale, mission-critical environments.

"The FOX 4G Matrix 320x is ideal for the largest AV system applications requiring a highly robust, dependable switching system using a fiber-optic infrastructure," said Casey Hall, Extron vice president of sales and marketing for North America, in a statement. "Our high0speed digital architecture assures the utmost in signal performance and accuracy."

The FOX 4G Matrix 320x is compatible with FOX Series fiber optic digital transmitters and receivers, switchers, distribution amplifiers, and matrix switchers. It accepts and routes standard definition video, high resolution computer-video, DVI, and multirate SDI.

The modular board design includes 20 board slots that can accept FOX 4G Matrix I/O boards in multimode and singlemode versions. The FOX 4G Matrix 320x can be configured with all or some of the board slots occupied, Extron says. The I/O boards are hot-swappable and may be added at any time in the field for easy and quick upgradeability or expansion.

According to Extron, the new system offers integrator-friendly features, such as I/O grouping, rooming, and memory presets. A real-time monitoring system continuously provides self-diagnostics of the I/O boards, fiber links, power supplies, internal fans, and general functions of the switcher.

The FOX 4G Matrix 320x can be remotely configured and operated through the RS-232 serial control port, IP Link Ethernet control, and the optional MKP 3000 X-Y Remote Control Panel.



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