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Extron’s Modular Power Enclosure is Available

The PowerCage 1600 is a rack-mountable, 16-slot enclosure supporting a wide range of fiber optic and twisted pair audio, video transmitter and receiver boards.

A rack-mountable, 16-slot enclosure that supports a wide range of fiber optic and twisted pair audio, video transmitter and receiver boards—known as the PowerCage 1600—is now available from Extron Electronics.

In a written statement, Extron Electronics, of Anaheim, Calif., says the PowerCage 1600 provides a way to mount and power multiple transmitters and receivers. The PowerCage 1600 simplifies the integration for large, rack-mounted systems, the company adds.

Features of the PowerCage 1600 include an optional redundant, “hot-swappable” power supply and active power and thermal management to optimize reliability in mission-critical environments where continuous, 24/7 operations is essential, the company says. The hot-swappable, modular design allows for replacing or upgrading boards in the field at any time, without having to power down the system.

Audio, video professionals who are designing larger systems often need to include a variety of short, medium, and long distance signal runs to connect remote sources and displays to a central switching and signal processing equipment room, says Casey Hall, Extron’s vice president of sales and marketing. “The PowerCage 1600 offers the flexibility to specify the optimal mix of twisted pair and fiber transmitters and receivers for each system while providing a convenient, space-efficient way to rack-mount and power all the equipment,” Hall said.

Thermal management channels air flow to each board for cooling and reliability, Hall said. Air flowing from the side of the unit to each board slot eliminates the need for an air gap above or below the enclosure, preserving valuable rack space, he said. In addition, the boards are designed to channel the air out the rear of the chassis for cooling in each slot, and each PowerCage board features the ability to power down internal components when there is no active signal present, providing intelligent power management for increased system efficiency, he said.

Available boards for the PowerCage 1600 include 16 fiber optic and four twisted pair extenders to support a broad range of video resolutions and formats. The fiber optic and twisted pair boards operate independently, and may be mixed and matched within the enclosure, making the PowerCage 1600 a potential solution for larger systems that need to support remote sources and destinations.

The ability to accommodate multiple transmitters and receivers in a single enclosure streamlines system design and installation, and the PowerCage 1600 eliminates the need for managing individual power supplies and minimizes required rack space when factoring in additional rack units necessary for heat dissipation and cooling. The modular design also offers a degree of “future-proofing,” whereby unpopulated slots are available to support system growth without additional rack space, system downtime or equipment relocation.