Extron Intros Modular DVI Switches
Extron Electronics recently introduced the DMS 3600 and DMS 1600, two modular DVI matrix switchers that combine the simplicity and reliability of a fixed I/O matrix switcher with the convenience and flexibility of a modular matrix switcher.
Extron Electronics recently introduced the DMS 3600 and DMS 1600, two modular DVI matrix switchers that combine the simplicity and reliability of a fixed I/O matrix switcher with the convenience and flexibility of a modular matrix switcher, according to the company. They accept various combinations of 4-port DVI input boards, 4-port DVI output boards, and 4x4 DVI input/output boards for switching high-resolution DVI digital video signals without copy protection.
The DMS 3600 is an 8U enclosure that can be configured in I/O sizes from 4x4 to 36x36, while the DMS 1600 is a 4U model, configurable from 4x4 to 16x16. The modular, field-upgradable, and hot-swappable design allows for future system expansion, as well as continuous system reliability with a fan assembly and redundant power supplies that can be replaced at any time.
"Our DMS modular DVI matrix switchers are designed for environments where high resolution DVI signals have to be distributed to multiple locations," said Casey Hall, vice president of sales and marketing for Extron, in a statement.
Both the DMS 3600 and DMS 1600 include EDID Minder, which automatically manages EDID communication between all connected input sources. EDID Minder ensures that all DVI sources power up at the proper resolution and maintain their video outputs whether or not they are actively connected to the digital display devices through the matrix switcher's outputs. Both switchers also feature automatic cable equalization for all inputs and output reclocking for each output. This compensates for weak source signals or signal loss when using long input cable assemblies, and allows for transmission of DVI output signals over long cables.
The new switchers come with the QS-FPC QuickSwitch Front Panel Controller with tri-color backlit buttons, the ability to save frequently used I/O configurations as presets, and multiple points of control. They can be operated via the front panel, RS-232 serial control, and IP Link Ethernet control. Both also provide +5VDC, 250mA on the DVI outputs for powering external peripheral devices.