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Mitsubishi, Thinklogical Partner on Fiber-to-the-Display

Through a joint development effort, Mitsubishi and Thinklogical announced they will bring the security of fiber optics to Mitsubishi's Seventy Series data wall cubes and tiled flat panels.

ThinkLogical Mitsubishi Fiber Optic Module

ThinkLogical Mitsubishi Fiber Optic Module

Through a joint development effort, Mitsubishi and Thinklogical announced they will bring the security of fiber optics to Mitsubishi's Seventy Series data wall cubes and tiled flat panels.

Thinklogical, a developer and manufacturers of fiber-optic KVM (keyboard, visual display, mouse) solutions, created a Velocity Router Series Receiver—the VelSys3 Fiber Optic Input Card—that plugs directly into Mitsubishi Seventy Series DLP cubes and Seventy Series Flat monitors, as an optional input board. Both companies demonstrated the fiber card at InfoComm 2011 in Orlando.

The system includes a Thinklogical Velocity 3 transmitter module, which encodes a DVI input signal into optical information for fiber-optic transmission. The module takes this information and presents it in a parallel format for Mitsubishi's video processor, company officials said. This integration of the companies' technologies eliminates copper-wire cabling between the video source and the display wall.

"The new fiber-optic input board module is designed for government installations and others that require high security and pure high-definition content," said Matt Krstulja, director of sales for data walls at Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America. "Mitsubishi Electric is among the first to address this significant challenge."

Thinklogical's new VelSys3 Fiber Input Card takes the best of fiber optics and connects it to Mitsubishi's data wall cubes with a plug-in module, eliminating the need for external fiber receivers, DVI cabling, and associated power supplies. The VelSys3 accepts dual 6.25Gbps inputs through a set of LC fiber-optic connectors, for simpler, cleaner installations and fewer points of failure, according to the company.

Additionally, with Mitsubishi's built-in processing, all available input sources on the Thinklogical KVM switch can be windowed and sized for added display flexibility.

The end-to-end 6.5Gbps data stream preserves video integrity, regardless of resolution, without the risk of signal degradation associated from limited bandwidth or copper cables. The new module also eliminates converter boxes and associated power supplies for a quick lower-cost connection.

"Integrating Thinklogical's fiber-optic extension and routing with Mitsubishi's advanced display technology assures customers of better value, improved security and higher performance," said Dana Rasmussen, chief operating officer of Thinklogical, in a statement. "Our ability to provide a fully integrated solution, and the innovative approach of our technical teams, make the relationship between Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America and Thinklogical a perfect match."

The VelSys3 Fiber Optic Input Card will be sold through Thinklogical's and authorized Mitsubishi dealers, starting in July.

 


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