RTS Introduces TBX-Tribus Digital Audio Interface Card AT NAB 2008

Publish date:

Las Vegas, Nevada

RTS is pleased to launch the

TBX-Tribus digital audio interface card

at NAB 2008, Booth #C-5928. The new

TBX-Tribus digital interface card

transmits digital audio and data using multiple

ADAM frames

, allowing users quick connection of multiple remote intercom systems. The RTS


surpasses the

Dual Bus Expansion card

with superior channel capability and redefined system architecture, thus improving the robustness of the




system. One card connects up to three

ADAM frames

, allowing synchronous communication over multiple

ADAM frames

using a Mesh network structure. Multiple


cards can be used in an

ADAM frame

to take complete advantage of the redundancy feature offered for mission-critical communication environments. The


supports all standard, hot-swappable, and configurable features within the


intercom family and works in both




frame environments with simple software settings via

RTS AZedit intercom software

. Each card communicates with a backcard in the frame, providing three full-duplex links to transmit digital audio as well as control data over a fiber network.


Interface with ADAM


TBX-Tribus card

is fully backward compatible with all existing




, and


cards in an


intercom system. The hardware and software is completely compatible to work seamlessly with the


and control bus circuitry for routing audio and control data. This card provides a downloadable firmware feature through

RTS AZedit intercom software


Channels per Link


TBX-Tribus card

has three fiber links. Each link can support up to a maximum of 256 audio channels per link. This channel capability is provided for


systems. Moreover, the link can also be scaled down to 128 channels, allowing it to support


-based intercom systems.

New System Architecture

The System Framework has been redefined for the


, allowing the system to reconfigure itself in the advent of a frame failure. In the scenario where the master frame fails, another

ADAM frame

within the system seizes control until the fault is fixed. This fail-safe mechanism monitors both audio and control, messaging to prevent any corrupt behavior in the system.

Support for Multiple Distances

The backcard features three small-form-factor pluggable (


) connectors that allow support for multiple distances. This allows the user to configure cards based on their custom application. The user can insert Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (


) modules (Multi-Mode/Single Mode) to match their needs.

System Expansion



employs the next generation


“Nucleus� for higher performance and future system expansion.


  • 24-bit Audio
  • 44.1 kHz Input Sampling Rate
  • 360 Mb/sec Throughput Per Link

For more information, visit the RTS Intercom website:




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