AMX launches autopatch fiber optic matrix switcher line

RICHARDSON, Texas, 7 Dec. 2006. AMX in Richardson, Texas, is launching a line of fiber optic matrix switchers to convert digital and analog high-resolution video inputs.

Dec 7th, 2006

RICHARDSON, Texas, 7 Dec. 2006. AMX in Richardson, Texas, is launching a line of fiber optic matrix switchers to convert digital and analog high-resolution video inputs.

Federal, state, and local government, along with private sector organizations, are increasingly adopting fiber optic networks because of the advantages they offer over other paths of communication.

For example, fiber optics allows highly-secure, digital data transmission over longer distances and at higher data rates with no signal degradation.

The new AutoPatch EpicaDG was designed for large audio/video (A/V) installations, such as command-and-control or network operations centers that must distribute sensitive, mission-critical information over fiber.

"A very large federal agency first approached us about a need they had for incredibly secure, lightning-fast, no-fail signal switching," says Robert Noble, AMX chief technology officer. "This new product family eliminates the need for individual signal paths for each video format. Now it's anything in, anything out."

The EpicaDG converts digital and analog high-resolution video inputs out to several video formats simultaneously. Digital visual interface (DVI) and fiber input/output (I/O) boards are available today, while analog video, standard definition serial digital interface (SD-SDI), and high-definition serial digital interface (HD-SDI) are scheduled for release in 2007.

The EpicaDG offers remote front panel control, along with an RS-232 port for communicating with an AMX or other manufacturers' control system. Additional features of the EpicaDG include advanced system self-diagnostics, redundant power supplies, groupings, and presets.

For more information contact AMX online at www.amx.com.

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