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Opticomm-EMCORE introduces matrix for 4K ‘and beyond’

Genesis XD accepts and converts both analogue and digital signals.

David Davies

Opticomm-EMCORE has launched its new Genesis XD (“GXD”), an all-in-one multimedia matrix solution that converts, scales, switches and distributes video, audio and data for small-to-large connectivity applications.

Genesis XD accepts and converts both analogue and digital signals, including HDMI 1.4b with HDCP (now known as HEAC – HDMI, Ethernet, Audio, Control), Display Port, DVI, VGA, Component and 3G HD-SDI. GXD’s 40 Gbps backplane accommodates uncompressed 4K UHD resolutions now and 8K resolutions later, allowing it to serve as an ideal choice for installers that want a flexible and reliable connectivity platform. Remote locations can be connected via singlemode and multimode Fiber up to 10 kilometres (6 miles), as well as CATx/HDBaseT or IP/Ethernet up to 100 metres (300 feet).

A notable feature of Genesis XD is the ability to break away and switch audio separately for professional audio editing and processing requirements. GXD also embeds digital S/PDIF or stereo analogue audio inputs into HDMI and 3G HD-SDI signals, as well as de-embeds audio from those same digital signals. Supported data formats include 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, RS-232, CEC, USB 2.0 (for keyboard, mouse, storage devices etc.) and IR, which provides IR control of the source equipment from the display end of the link.

Genesis XD is a non-blocking, full cross-point matrix switch that allows any source to seamlessly connect to one or all displays for continuous, trouble-free operation in critical applications. GXD is a modular system, expandable and scalable from 8×8 to 256×256. Initially, GXD will be launched in a 32×32, 9RU frame, allowing for 16 cards input and 16 cards output, with two channels per card.  It incorporates ‘intelli-scale’ technology to instantly scale a video source to the native resolution of connected displays in less than one second.

The multi-format Genesis XD platform can be utilised in numerous connectivity applications, including corporate, education, government and military, hospital operating rooms, security and surveillance, and houses of worship.

Genesis XD includes interfaces such as USB 2.0 for remote KVM applications, RS-232 Serial Data and Ethernet for controlling remote devices.  The system can be remotely controlled and monitored through any laptop or tablet to access the web-based GUI. Other forms of control supported are RS-232 and Ethernet/SNMP commands, allowing third-party control systems to be used. Additionally, it features a front-LCD touch screen for control and to act as a preview screen for any connected video source, eliminating need for a local, dedicated monitor.

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