AMX expands matrix switcher line

AMX has expanded its AutoPatch mix-and-match matrix switcher line - the Optima Series - with the addition of a new 8x8 DVI board. The board routes and distributes eight high-resolution computer DVI signals to eight displays - all while maintaining a true, digital signal.

It supports resolutions up to 1920x1200 and includes features that simplify the complexity of DVI integration, such as cable equalisation, signal reclocking and a new EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) Programmer.

The Optima 8x8 DVI Board supports cable distances up to 100 feet and beyond - well above the industry average of 15 feet - through AMX's unique combination of cable equalisation and signal reclocking. Cable equalisation on each input rids the signal of artifacts, often called "skin effects", which result from long-distance cable transmissions. CDR (Clock Data Recovery), also known as reclocking, on each output regenerates or "squares" the signal, restoring it to its original specification and compensating for any "rounding", which can also result in star effects and unwanted visual artifacts.

The new board features four, high-amperage DVI outputs, providing one full Amp (Ampere) between them. This DVI output capability is greater than the industry-standard DVI power, enabling external equipment such as converters, splitters and transmitters to be powered directly through the DVI connector, which eliminates the need for external power supplies. The remaining four outputs provide a total of 270mA (Milliamperes).

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