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Clear-Com Updates Eclipse Intercom System

Clear-Com Communication Systems has released the latest version of its Eclipse intercom system. Eclipse Version 5.1 can now link to the company's IP-enabled V-Series control panels and Concert Version 2.0 software-based intercom system.

Clear-Com Communication Systems has released the latest version of its Eclipse intercom system. Eclipse Version 5.1 can now link to the company's IP-enabled V-Series control panels and Concert Version 2.0 software-based intercom system. It is now at the center of Clear-Com's Hybrid Time-Divisional Multiplexing (TDM) intercom/IP server network concept, which the company says extends the reach of intercom systems across broadcast facilities.

Eclipse 5.1's IP linking capability, enabled by the company's new IVC-32 IP matrix card, establishes a single communications environment between traditional hardware and IP-based intercom users in a broadcast facility. According to Clear-Comm officials, some possible scenarios include communications between reporters in remote news bureaus and those at the main station, executive staff being able to alert workers in the studio about important programming and airtime issues, and inter-area communication within editing suites or control rooms.

"The ability of Eclipse to link via IP to the V-Series and Concert panels allows our customers to take full advantage of the flexibility and cost-savings of IP without sacrificing the reliability of their TDM-based intercoms," said Jake Dodson, vice president of product management for Clear-Com, in a statement.

Eclipse 5.1 has the same features as the Eclipse line of digital matrix intercoms, including multiple connections over Cat-5, AES3, coaxial and single twisted-pair cables, management software with drag-and-drop panel key programming, and IFB programming. Crosspoint monitoring and assignment, I/O levels, and event and status logging capabilities have been retained in Eclipse 5.1, as well as the ability to link matrices over fiber and digital trunks.



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