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Lightware Debuts Dual-Link Switching Options
Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Lightware Debuts Dual-Link Switching Options Lightware U.S.A., the U.S. distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering, announced dual-link options for its MX hybrid multiformat matrix switcher line. The dual-link options are intended for any application requiring ultra-high (up to 4K) resolution, including medical imaging, avionics, military command and control, petroleum mapping, and 3D visualizations.

“Customers tell us they have tried other products to gain dual-link capabilities but have experienced problems,” said Blake Dudash, a sales and marketing associate with Lightware U.S.A., in a statement “Our MX-DVI-FR16 and FR32 matrices have always offered dual-link options. Now the largest frame size in the MX series, the MX-FR80R 80x80 with dual-link option, is available for the first time in the U.S.”

The MX-FR80R can be outfitted for the dual-link option with 10 input/10 output cards with four inputs per dual-link card, or eight inputs per single-link card. Lightware’s MX-DVI-DL-OB four-channel Pro series dual-link DVI digital-only output boards with DVI-I connectors are built for high reliability and 24/7 operation. The matrices are modular, expandable, and DVI 1.0- and HDMI 1.3-compliant.

The matrices’ non-blocking hybrid architecture permits any type of input signal connector (fiber optical, DVI, VGA, HDMI or Cat-X) to be switched to any type of output connector. The matrix frame offers interoperability between various combinations of I/O boards, pixel-accurate reclocking on all outputs, and 60-meter cable compensation on all inputs, as well as advanced EDID management. Crosspoint switching is done instantly without any frame delay or frame latency, according to the company.

N+1 redundant power supplies ensure continuous 24/7 operation. In case of power-supply failure, the supplies can be hot swapped.

The matrices offer front-panel button control, serial, and Ethernet control work with the built in web browser software and Lightware’s Matrix Controller Software and are compatible with Christie Vista Spyder and Barco Encore or any external controller.