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PESA Unveils ‘PRO-3GSDI-1616’ Routing Switcher

Router supports all common SMPTE and ITU standard serial digital video signals

PESA, a provider of audio/video connectivity, has expanded its PESA PRO line of professional audiovisual routers with the new PRO-3GSDI-1616 Routing Switcher.

The PRO-3GSDI-1616 supports all common Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) standard serial digital video signals, as well as embedded audio and other ancillary data required for high-definition serial digital interface (HD-SDI) and digital video broadcasting/asynchronous serial interface (DVB/ASI) broadcast sources, PESA says. For digital cinema high definition video distribution requirements, it can be configured to switch SMPTE 372M dual-link HD-SDI in configurations up to 8×8.

The PRO-3GSDI-1616 supports standard data rates from 50 million bitsper second (Mbps) to three gigabits per second (Gbps) and video transports up to 1080p/60, the company says. All inputs are auto-equalized, and with standard SMPTE formatted outputs, each signal is auto-sensed and re-clocked to the appropriate transport stream. Signals can be re-clocked up to 100m for 1080p/60. For non-standard formats, re-clocking circuitry can be set to bypass mode. Two independent reference inputs allow easy selection of genlock from a black burst or tri-level sync source, PESA says.

PESA is offering two models of the new routing switcher, the PRO-3GSDI-1616-C and the PRO-3GSDI-1616-PB, which includes a local pushbutton control panel. Both models feature an internal power supply and can have multiple remote control panels added via an Ethernet interface.

The PRO-3GSDI-1616’s compact 1 RU frame design features front load, hot swappable card sets, and includes space for an optional redundant power supply and controller module. It is also compatible with PESA’s Cattrax graphical user control interface, the company says. Cattrax is an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) control system that supports comprehensive configuration, diagnostics and monitoring of the PRO-3GSDI-1616 as well as the full line of PESA router frames. The software is installed on a host personal computer running the Windows operating system and communicates via an Ethernet port located on each router.