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AMX Rolls Out New Fiber Matrix Switcher

Yesterday at InfoComm 2010, AMX unveiled its newest Epica DGX fiber matrix switcher, the Epica DGX 16 fiber matrix switcher. According to the company, the Epica DGX 16 gives installers a more compact solution while providing the same performance and support for the company's SmartScale technology that propelled the Epica DGX fiber matrix switcher line's success.

Yesterday at InfoComm 2010, AMX unveiled its newest Epica DGX fiber matrix switcher, the Epica DGX 16 fiber matrix switcher. According to the company, the Epica DGX 16 gives installers a more compact solution while providing the same performance and support for the company's SmartScale technology that propelled the Epica DGX fiber matrix switcher line's success.

The company says, as fiber is becoming more widely installed, the Epica DGX 16 fiber matrix switcher provides a platform to take advantage of its higher-bandwidth and deliver any combination of DVI, RGBHV, HDMI, audio, and one-way RS-232 control signals up to 3,000 feet. For campuses, hospitals, large venues, and other settings where audio and video must be sent to multiple displays across great distances, the Epica DGX 16 reportedly transmits high-resolution 1920x1200 vide at a data rate of 4.95 Gbps to up to 16 LCD screens.

"The Epica DGX fiber line simplifies fiber, enabling installers to deliver high-quality installations through smart technology, such as digital and analog transcoding and SmartScale, a revolutionary technology in the DGX receivers that automatically communicates with display devices, determines native resolutions, and then deliver the optimal resolution to each display," said AMX chief technology officer Robert Noble in a statement.

According to the company, SmartScale works by automatically responding to a display's EDID information then optimizing the video resolution and parameters for each display throughout a deployment, improving performance and installation time. Without SmartScale, in installations consisting of multiple displays of various types, the programmer may be forced to settle for common resolution imagery to all displays, as the lower resolution displays may not be able to handle the higher resolutions. The result could be grainy images in higher-resolution displays.

"The Epica DGX product family has hit a sweet spot in the marketplace because of innovations that simplify installations, for example, its ability to transcode audio and video, from analog to digital or digital to analog," said Paul Hand, AMX product manager, in a statement. "Since it's designed for use with single-strand multimode fiber, the Epica DGX family lets installers take advantage of the most economic and easy-to-install fiber and offers optimum security, clarity, and distance benefits that enable true, uncompressed DVI, HDMI, RGBHV, audio, and control 3,000 feet and beyond in any environment."

As flexibility can play a key role in deploying professional AV installations, the Epica DGX 16 also features a modular design with configurable I/O boards, giving installers the ability to service and upgrade the unit in the field.

 


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