PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, will demonstrate its latest Cheetah 4K fiber optic routing switcher at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 2958), which runs June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla. Built on PESA’s proven Cheetah digital video routing platform, the new 4K routing switcher provides ultra-high definition video distribution up to 600m over multi-mode cable.
Each 4K source is connected to an outboard easyPORT-4KX1F coax to fiber media converter that supports up to 12 Gbps per port over a single fiber to the router. Unique to the easyPORT-4KX1F is the ability to accept ultra-high resolution 4K video at 3840×2160 and 4096×2160. Each input port can also be configured individually to accept up to four independent 3G-SDI signals to be transported over a signal fiber cable.
Every 12 Gbps fiber output port from the router is connected to an external easyPORT-1FX4K fiber-to-coax media converter to provide four BNCs per 4K destination, which allows an additional 80m of coax extension to position 4K devices further downstream of the media converter. Both the easyPORT-4KX1F and easyPORT-1FX4K can be rack mounted with an optional 1 RU frame that holds up to four media converters, or the media converters can be installed with an optional mounting plate.
The new Cheetah 4K fiber optic router includes 12 Gbps input ports and output ports via standard SC style fiber connectors. Housed in only 4 RU, the compact Cheetah 4K router provides a huge advantage over similar offerings by including internal control for Ethernet or traditional RS-232/422 control, hot swappable matrix and I/O cards, redundant power and control, and SNMP support for third-party, high-end network management systems. The router can be configured and controlled via PESA’s intuitive Cattrax network GUI or optional Cattrax Web network server software using PESA’s powerful PERC2000 or PERC3000 System Controller hardware.
PESA will also offer retrofit packages of the Cheetah 4K I/O system for existing 3G-SDI Cheetah systems. Once the control software is configured for 4K, the router system can run both 4K and 3G-SDI signals in parallel. Each easyPORT 4K media module includes Ethernet connectivity for control and configuration, which makes it easy to pre-configure the router to alternatively accept individual 3G-SDI, 2K, and other SMPTE-compliant formats. Future I/O card upgrades will include audio embedding and de-embedding, as well as full compliance for future SMPTE interfaces on the roadmap for 2K/4K formats.
“With the rapid pace of new 4K cameras and displays coming to market, it’s the perfect time to demonstrate our next generation 4K fiber routing switcher based on a single 12Gbps fiber transport,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “4K is fast becoming the new HD, and PESA has engineered a routing solution that is simple to configure and supports data-intensive 4K workflows.”