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ISE 2013: Optocore releasing new range of MADI switches

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ISE 2013: Optocore releasing new range of MADI switches

Optocore will be use the ISE show as a platform to launch the first products in a new line of MADI switches.

The range will eventually develop into a complete MADI series of 16-port and eight-port switches, offering 16 x RJ45 MADI and 8 x RJ45 MADI ports. The switches are equipped with two redundant high-speed 2Gbit fibre uplinks, which can carry all 16 MADI streams.

Introducing the series, Optocore director, Tine Helmle, said: “We believe this to be the best solution for the professional AV market, largely because it is now a common standard – with MADI ports frequently used by manufacturers to offer clients a future-proofed, open platform, with price advantages."

This solution has many advantages over Ethernet, Helme explained. MADI switches are price efficient, with low latency and power consumption, as well as a fast set-up time, and were developed specifically for the pro audio and video markets.
The switches will function in MADI over the Cat5 standard. This will be an addition to MADI over fibre and MADI over BNC, while the RJ45 used in the new products introduces a greater flexibility and simplifies the connection.

Each MADI port enables 64 in / 64 out point-to-point connection, along with 100Mbit Ethernet, with the same single Cat5 cable also offering 128 audio channels and 100Mbit Ethernet.

The new products also allow routing of each individual channel, providing a 512 x 512 matrix for the eight-port switch and 1024 x 1024 for the 16-port. It can also matrix through the uplinks with a number of additional switches, meaning it not only provides audio switching and routing; it also functions as an Ethernet switch.

All new MADI switches are fully compatible with Optocore and SANE, and offer data connectivity to the same level as Optocore FX devices.

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Tags: optocore, madi, ethernet, ISE 2013, MADI switches, Cat5e

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