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PESA Expands Into Pro A-V With New 8×8 DVI-D Switcher

It’s capable of selecting content from eight separate video sources to any or all outputs and provides single-link, DVI-D operations up to 1920x1200/60Hz (WUXGA)

At the 2010 NAB Show, PESA reached further into the pro AV marketplace with its new PRO 8X8 DVI switcher, a 1 RU rack mountable frame assembly with eight DVI-D input ports and eight DVI-D output ports. It’s capable of selecting content from eight separate video sources to any or all outputs and provides single-link, DVI-D operations up to 1920×1200/60Hz (WUXGA) resolutions as well as 480p to 1080p video formats.

PESA PRO 8X8 DVI switcher The matrix can switch by way of a local push button selector, IR remote, USB local interface, or via an RS-232 connection for third-party control systems. Easy to use GUI control software is supplied with each switcher. It installs on a host PC and communicates via RS-232 or USB. The PRO 8X8 DVI has an EDID learning function that reduces the switching speed considerably while maintaining bi-directional communications between the switcher frame and connected devices.

It’s designed for multi-monitor, multi-display systems found in environments such as video walls, control rooms, medical imaging, digital signage and C2/C4 command and control tactical operation centers.

“With the introduction of our new PESA PRO 8X8 DVI switcher, our customers and channel partners will have greater flexibility to create a wide range of product solutions integrating computer video and broadcast video,” said Dan Holland, vice president of Product Marketing for PESA. “As PESA positions itself for growth in 2010, our roadmap for new products in the PESA PRO line will provide our channel partners the competitive strength necessary to compete successfully in the Professional AV market space.”

Also at NAB, PESA broadened its family of QuadBox multi-port, multi-rate extender boxes with a full 4×4 fiber-optic crosspoint switching and fiber media extender package. The new QuadBox 4X4 Fiber Mini-Switch Package (QuadBox 4X4 FMS) for 3G-SDI high definition video is a fiber transport package for HD broadcast, post-production and portable flypacks. It includes a 4X4 switcher module, four in-line transmitter media conversion extenders for coax to fiber and four in-line receiver media extenders for fiber to coax conversion.

The bundled package allows up to four independent sources to be switched as far away as 10 kilometers. Modules can be configured for high-definition video transport where only a small amount of shared video sources will be distributed long distances and need to be controlled over a network system.

The 4X4 offers low power consumption while maintaining high reliability, quality performance, and superior long distance signal transmission demanded in applications such as digital cinema, telemedicine, satellite imaging, military command centers and simulation/visualization environments. Ideal for compact, low maintenance installations, the QuadBox 4X4 FMS easily fits in out-of-the way locations, while the ruggedized miniature fiber converters are a direct fit to BNC connections on video equipment such as routers, servers, cameras, or displays. For applications where fixed rack mounting is preferred, the QuadBox 4X4 switcher module is designed to mount in an optional 1 RU power distribution frame. Up to four switcher modules can be mounted in the rack frame; each powered from a power source integrated to the frame.

PESA QuadBox 4X4 The integrated 4X4 crosspoint switch is a fully independent non-blocking architecture supporting SMPTE and DVB/ASI standards. Each QuadBox 4X4 FMS switcher provides four I/O ports, and each port is fully compatible with SMPTE 259M, 292M and 424M video signal sources -with or without embedded audio. All inputs are auto-equalized; and each signal is auto-sensed and re-clocked to the appropriate transport stream. For non-standard formats, the re-clocking circuitry can be set to by-pass mode. It can handle signal formats from 143Mbps up to 3Gbps. Automatic cable equalization allows typical cable lengths up to 300 meters at 270Mbps and 80 meters at 3Gbps.

In addition to a simple and logical mini-USB control interface, the QuadBox Mini-Switchers include an RJ-45 control port for optional network control and management. PESA’s QuadBox 4X4 FMS supports the flexible and user-friendly QuView signal management and diagnostic control systems. All I/O ports can be monitored using the supplied QuView-SA (USB only) software to detect fiber signal power, temperature, and determine if the video


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