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Routers and Switchers Technology Showcase

The routers and switchers sampled here include a wide assortment of the ways in which the hardware has integrated form and function to produce switching solutions to increasingly complex environments.

Routers and Switchers Technology Showcase

Oct 4, 2011 2:50 PM,
By Bennett Liles

AMX Enova DGX 32 Digital Generation

The convergence of technologies and the new range of applications have called on routing and switching to evolve with demand. The analog sunset and integration of serial, IR, Ethernet, and other means of control is requiring switcher manufacturers to keep a close eye on the changes in the AV industry as its hardware merges with that of IT and broadcasting. The models sampled here include a wide assortment of the ways in which the hardware has integrated form and function to produce switching solutions to increasingly complex environments. All this has been accomplished while using creative approaches in maintaining user-friendly setup and control.

Demonstrated at Infocomm 2011, an AMX product, the Enova DGX 32 Digital Generation matrix switcher has an integrated NetLinx controller and an embedded Ethernet switch to enable users to manage, monitor, and control signal switching across multiple rooms from a central location. Additional features include analog-to-digital signal conversion and video scaling along with high-speed digital switching. AMX InstaGate Pro technology works to eliminate HDCP issues and allows key limited sources to be switched to HDCP-compliant displays without the usual complications. To easily change configuration, the input/output boards are hot-swappable.

Atlona AT-HD-V1616M

The AT-HD-V1616M HDMI matrix switcher from Atlona provides 16 HDCP-compliant inputs and 16 outputs with support for resolutions up to 1920×1200 or 1080p and 3D in a 3RU rackmount frame. For sound, the switcher supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Recall for often-used settings is simplified with nine programmable memory presets. Control is done through the front-panel buttons, RS-232, TCP/IP along with IR. The unit is also CEC capable. The HDMI ports are equalized to support cable runs up to 50ft., and a desktop power supply can take over if the main power supply fails. There are two EDID settings: default and learning. Default saves 1080p and two-channel audio to all outputs while the learning setting allows copying of the settings from an output to specific inputs.

Aurora Multimedia DXM3232

One of the more powerful features of the DXM3232 matrix switcher from Aurora Multimedia is the wide variety of input/output cards available including HDMI, DVI, HDSDI, VGA, Cat, and fiber. The card frame is controllable via the front-panel buttons and LCD screen, RS-232, or LAN and among the options is a redundant power supply for mission-critical applications. The basic cage can accommodate up to eight input and output cards, each containing four ports. The whole unit takes a 6RU rack space and consumes 80W power. The DXM3232 provides 12.75Gbps backplane bandwidth per channel.

Barco MatrixPro-II

Barco designed all of the MatrixPro-II analog wideband matrix switchers with a genlock input to synchronize the unit with house sync and a user-selectable RGB delay mode from 0.1 to 10 seconds provides time for downstream gear to lock before video is visible. Controllable from Barco’s Encore and ScreenPRO-II presentation systems, the switchers can store up to 32 presets and provide I/O grouping along with split-mode switching. All models have an audio option. Control capabilities include the front panel, RS-232, and LAN. All connections are made on female BNC.

Black Box XPT-DVI8X8

For videowalls, trade shows, schedule displays, and training, the a href=”…” target=”_blank”>XPT-DVI8X8 matrix switch from Black Box Network Services can support video resolution from 640×480 up to 1920×1200 at 60Hz including 1080p displays in linking to DVI sources up to 114.8ft. away using built-in equalization. The inputs support EDID emulation and HDCP feed-through in point-to-point applications. The unit can be locally controlled using the two-line, vacuum-fluorescent display along with its 16 front-panel buttons. Other control capabilities include RS-232 serial and 10/100Mbps Ethernet with an internal web server.

Communications Specialties OM-16

The smaller version of the Fiberlink matrix switcher from Communications Specialties, the OM-16 supports single-mode and multimode fiber simultaneously in the same system. Preset store, recall, review, and edit operations can all be done on the front panel by means of dual color-illuminated buttons. Available with ST or LC connectors, the unit can be controlled by RS-232 or LAN through an Ethernet-based GUI with the front-panel controls eliminated. A USB port can be used for GUI and firmware upgrades. The switcher has redundant power supplies, and it is compatible with third-party controllers.

Creston DM-MD32x32

Crestron conceived the DM series switchers as an expandable solution for low-latency switching and low-loss distribution of HDMI and other video formats augmented with integrated Ethernet networking and USB HID distribution. The DM-MD32x32 is the top of the line. Expansion capability can reach up to 160 outputs using multiple units. Available input cards include a wide variety of formats including HDMI, DVI DisplayPort Multimode, SDI, analog video and RGB, SPDIF and analog audio and digital media. For EDID management, Crestron Toolbox software enables the format and resolution capabilities of each display device to be assessed, allowing configuration of EDID signals.

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Routers and Switchers Technology Showcase

Oct 4, 2011 2:50 PM,
By Bennett Liles

DVIGear MXP Series

The MXP Series digital matrix switchers from DVIGear provide cross-platform routing of a wide range of digital signal formats including: DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, SDI, HD-SDI, G3, analog VGA, etc. Modular I/O cards and a variety of available card frames enable application specific configurations with array sizes from 8×8 to 80×80. A complete range of end-point interfaces allow remote connections to and from the router to be distributed great distances using either copper or fiber-optic cables. The MXP Series’ RS-232, TCP/IP, and built-in web browser interface offers extensive control possibilities, and each input can emulate EDID from a library of more than 100 EDID values, 50 of which can be user defined.

Ensemble Designs Avenue Flexible

It’s a handy feature to be able to see a thumbnail image of the source about to be switched, and Ensemble Designs has incorporated this into the Avenue Flexible matrix router. It can switch cleanly between asynchronous sources and make digital audio sample rate conversions. Configurable in a number of versions from 8×2 all the way up to 28×2 or 8×22, the unit includes signal diagnostics, built-in black and bar generator, and supports HD, SD, 3Gbps SDI, ASI, and 310M. It can be controlled through a Web interface, front panel, the Avenue Router iPad app, serial, TCP/IP, and SNMP.

Extron XTP CrossPoint

Designed for sending high-resolution video, audio, IR, bi-directional RS-232, Ethernet, and power up to 330ft. on Cat-5, the XTP CrossPoint digital AV switching system and distribution system from Extron uses XTP transmitters and receivers in an expandable configuration. Available in sizes from 4×4 to 32×32, the frame can also be fitted with I/O boards for direct HDMI, DVI, VGA, video, and audio connections for shorter signal runs. Other features include a realtime monitoring system watching I/O boards, XTP links, and fans. Dual redundant power supplies are also available. The switcher is controllable on RS-232, Ethernet, and the front-panel USB port, and it can transmit control signals on the same Cat-5 cable used for AV.

FOR-A MFR-3232

The MFR-3232 from For-A made its first appearance at NAB 2011in a 2RU cabinet with inputs that automatically recognize and support 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SD-SDI, and ASI signals. Features include tally connections with peripheral devices, automatic source name tracking, and an interface function that allows synchronous operation by linking multiple routing switchers. The MFR Series units can also be Ethernet linked to those in the MFR-5000 Series and a built-in web server allows browser based control. There are also several remote control units and redundant CPUs available as optional features.

Gefen GefenPRO 16×16 3GSDI

The GefenPRO 16×16 3GSDI Matrix Router from Gefenv switches any 16 sources to any 16 destinations using 3G SDI, ideal for broadcasters and rental and staging environments. Each source can be viewed on one or all outputs simultaneously. The matrix supports high-definition resolutions up to 1080p and a dual power supply suits mission-critical applications. Control includes front-panel buttons, IR remote, LAN, and RS-232 operation. Advanced EDID configuration allows uploading of custom internal or external EDID settings and a status LED shows the routing setup. The unit supports resolutions up to 1080p and 1920×1200 along with DDWG standards for DVI. Accessories include a remote IR extender module with a 6ft. cable.

Harris Platinum

Harris has added new features to its Platinum routers including matrix expansion for monitor walls and multiviewers. Supporting various cables runs on coax and fiber, the matrix can tie two routing frames together and support a 512×1024 solution. The new MADI interfaces can input up to 128 mono audio sources for connection of up to four audio consoles. The integration of the HView Hybrid SX multiviewer combines baseband and broadband monitoring, graphics, integrated test and measurement, and VNC remote desktop control. It is available as a standalone multiviewer or as a combination multiviewer/router within the Harris Platinum platform.

Sierra Video Systems Platinum

Available in configurations from 8×8 to 128×128, the Platinum from Sierra Video Systems, a Kramer Electronics company, handles 3Gbps data rates through modules including either eight inputs or eight outputs in an 8RU frame. The unit can be controlled via RS-422, RS-232, RS-485, and Ethernet while the video modules, CPU boards and power supplies are hot-swappable. Options include a fiber I/O board set and a D-to-A video card. The unit features intelligent re-clocking, automatic cable equalization and GPI/GPO control, and alarms along with email alerts. Controllers and redundant power supplies are available options.

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Routers and Switchers Technology Showcase

Oct 4, 2011 2:50 PM,
By Bennett Liles

Magenta Research Mondo Matrix III

The Mondo Matrix III switcher from Magenta Research provides UTP extension of HD video, stereo sound, and serial control signals through a port arrangement that is scalable from 16×16 up to 256×512. Compatible with all MultiView-SAP transmitters, receivers, and distribution amplifiers, the unit can be programmed using the front-panel touchscreen, Windows HyperTerminal, Mondo Matrix control software, or third-party systems such as Crestron or AMX. The Mondo Matrix III has added optional addressable duplex capability and the unit is field upgradable. It also has a new replaceable air filter, two DB9 serial connections, true redundant power supplies, and a new backlit 2×16 character LCD to aid in configuration and diagnostics.

Multidyne Video and Fiber Optic Systems equipped its EOS-4000 Series Series switchers with SMPTE 3G HD-SDI re-clocking input/output blades and when these are combined with SMPTE compliant SFP modules it provides 16 re-clocked optical outputs. The switchers create a solution for routing DVI single and dual link, HDMI, RGB-HV, SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G HD-SDI signals optically. The enterprise version of the EOS-4000 Series can be remotely controlled through a built-in Web GUI for a browser interface using SSL for a secure link or with Crestron or AMX controller on RS-232 or IP. The EOS-4000 enterprise version software allows separate monitoring of input sources and output destinations. The unit supports SMPTE 424M 1080p 3Gbps HD-SDI, SMPTE 292M 1.485Gbps, and SMPTE 259M 270Mbps standards.

Opticis ODM3636

The ODM3636 from Opticis allows switching of up to 36 DVI inputs and outputs with DDC functions and user-assigned EDID configuration through various means including front panel, EDID learning from the connected display and storing on EEPROM, linked programming, and the Opticis GUI dedicated software. Configuration and control options include front-panel buttons and LCD display, USB port, IR remote, RS-232, and web interface. Third-party control is possible through standard ASCII or binary codes. The switcher supports graphic resolution up to 1920×1200 at 60Hz and 1080p.

Pesa Cheetah 144NE Fiber

For pro AV and broadcast applications, Pesa designed the Cheetah 144NE Fiber fiber routing switcher with HD-SDI and 3G-SDI video capability in sizes from 36×36 up to 144×144 all in a 4RU frame. Features include redundant power, third-party control capability, and a 144×144 hot-swappable crosspoint matrix. I/O cards allow expansion and reconfiguration in groups of 36 inputs or outputs using standard LC-type fiber SFP modules. Based on single-mode 1310nm lasers, the cards can also be used in multi-mode applications. Each frame includes a Matrix Frame Controller that monitors critical parameters and auto-discovers any new I/O cards added to the frame. The unit is compatible with all Pesa RCP remote control panels and supports web-based control.


The EDM series of digital matrix routing switchers from RTCom USA provides a wide variety of configurations using various field swappable I/O cards in the basic frame. DVI and HDMI video signals may be extended with the addition of fiber-optic or Cat-6 ports. Available cards include HDMI 1.3, DVI with SPDiF audio routing, DVI Basic, DVI Dual Link, 3G HD-SDI, Display Port, fiber optic, and Cat-6. The unit includes EDID management with built-in read and learn functions, and it can handle up to 128 HDCP keys. The EDM-1818M can accommodate up to 18 inputs and 18 outputs with three ports per modular input/output card, and it is controllable through RS-232, LAN, and the front-panel buttons. Resolution support extends to 1920×1200 at 60Hz and 1080p with built-in noise protection circuits in each input and output port.

Utah Scientific Utah-400

Designed on a three-board architecture using an input board, crosspoint board, and an output board, the Utah-400 series routers from Utah Scientific are scalable for very large matrix applications requiring 288×288 up to 1056×1056 and beyond. The routers can handle a variety of video data formats including 3G HD signals. Input circuits have a signal detector that can send an alarm to the frame’s alarm processor when it detects a loss of signal on the input. Each output circuit has a signal presence detector for alarm reporting and automated troubleshooting and a re-clocking circuit to ensure maximum signal quality at the output of the matrix. The Utah-400 units are available with fiber-optic ports in place of the coax connections. A separate output is provided with H.264 streaming for monitoring over a network.

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