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Crestron introduces 64×64 DigitalMedia Switcher

At ISE this year, Crestron will be showcasing the 64X64 switcher, the latest addition to its revolutionary digital audio/video network technology. The 64X64 DigitalMedia switcher (DM-MD64X64) is built to meet high-definition and analogue AV distribution requirements for large commercial facilities such as stadiums, arenas, universities and corporate enterprises.

The switcher accepts, manages and distributes 64 AV sources of virtually any signal type across long and short distances over a Cat5e wire or fibre – all on a single platform. In addition to increased capacity, the 64X64 DM switcher delivers valuable new system features including an innovative modular blade I/O expansion system and a built-in 15″ colour touch screen. “DM is a full and ever-expanding product line that is constantly evolving to meet the demanding requirements of the world’s top organisations and facilities,” said Robin van Meeuwen, VP of Sales and Marketing at Crestron International. “The new 64X64 system is just the next step in that evolution.” A built-in 15″ colour touch screen enables complete setup and operation with button-touch simplicity. As a result, integrators and installers no longer need to setup and connect their PC to the switcher to perform configuration and troubleshooting. Through a user-friendly graphical interface, integrators can direct the routing of AV signals and view resolution and format information for every input and output signal, including a live video image of any input. With the press of a button, the single-file update function updates all the firmware for every connected device, saving hours of upload time. The intuitive touch screen also serves as a single point of control for diagnostic testing. Certified DM engineers & technicians can employ many time-saving diagnostic capabilities such as monitoring each i/o blade status, fan tray and power supply, detailed troubleshooting of every signal path, loading of custom EDID settings, control of transmitter and receiver settings and backup and loading of the entire system configuration. A new hot-swappable modular blade I/O expansion system makes it easy to configure, modify, and upgrade a DM system in the field, giving you the ability to make changes to the system as requirements change. Input and output blades are offered to support the choice of HDMI®, DM 8G+ HDBaseT, DM 8G Fibre and DM 8G Single-Mode Fibre. Each blade provides eight inputs or outputs of any one type and seamlessly integrates copper and fibre outputs on the same platform. DigitalMedia is the only solution that provides a fully integrated HDCP compliant fibre solution that also can be mixed and matched with copper on the same matrix. Redundant power supplies ensure continuous operation in mission critical applications throughout the life of the system. Each of two onboard power supplies have a MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of over a half million hours. In the unlikely event of an individual power supply fault, the switcher will continue to operate unhindered on only one power supply. DM-MD64X64 also includes a built-in Web server, enabling full operation and monitoring through any web browser without the need for custom software. The 64X64 will begin shipping in late February with a 128X128 DigitalMedia switcher scheduled for release later this year. To learn more about how the Crestron 64X64 DigitalMedia Switcher can take your digital AV network to new heights in commercial settings, please visit Stand 2-C24