InfoComm 2012: PESA Unveils Latest Jaguar Switcher, Intros C58 Digital Media System

PESA, a U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, is presenting its Jaguar 3 64×64 series fiber optic routing switcher with an optional backplane design that uses MiniCube Miniature Form Pluggable (MFP) transmitter technology at InfoComm 2012 (Booth N1327) in Las Vegas. The company has also introduced its C58 Digital Media System (C58-DMS), a comprehensive package for recording, playback, and distribution of critical live video and audio content.

New Jaguar Switcher
Developed by Advanced Fiber Products, LLC., MFP technology establishes a new approach to LC-type fiber connectivity that saves space and uses less power.

Offering up to 64×64 high-speed fiber optic ports, PESA’s Jaguar 3 is the first routing switcher to incorporate MFP technology for compact fiber optic switching. Two shared backplanes allow I/O ports in groups of 32 for either 75 Ohm BNC or MFP LC fiber. The Jaguar 3 can route all SMPTE and ITU standard serial digital video signals, and it supports embedded audio and other ancillary data for SDI, HD-SDI, and DVB/ASI broadcast sources. For digital cinema, the Jaguar 3 can easily be configured to support SMPTE S372 for dual-link HD-SDI.

With the MFP optional fiber backplane, HD signals can be transmitted up to 10 Km. Data rates from 50 Mbps up to 3 Gbps are supported. All inputs are auto-equalized, while outputs are auto-sensed and re-clocked to the appropriate transport stream. For non-standard formats, re-clockers can be bypassed to allow any data rate up to 3 Gbps. Two independent reference inputs allow easy selection of sync using either black burst or tri-level sync source.

“Although 3G-SDI fiber optic switching has been around for years, MFP technology brings a whole new concept to frame packaging,” explained Dan Holland, PESA vice president of product marketing. “With PESA’s new Jaguar 3 64×64 MFP fiber matrix switcher option, offering coax and/or fiber connectivity becomes much less complex, which allows us to provide a better performing matrix at a much more competitive price point.”

With MFP modules, both vertical and right-angle pluggable cages are available, resulting in a 50 percent smaller footprint. With vertical mount cages, hot-pluggable fiber connections can be loaded in the same backplane space as a standard BNC port, which simplifies product packaging and increases product performance. Plus, MFP video transceivers use up to 40 percent less power than traditional video optical transceivers.

The 2 RU Jaguar 3 frame features front load, hot-swappable card sets and includes slots for optional redundant power supply/control modules. It can be configured to support a variety of control interfaces, including Ethernet, RS-232, or PESA’s PERC2000 control system. It also includes PESA’s CATTRAX software, which provides a network interface for diagnostics, setup, and switching by multiple users. For pushbutton control, the Jaguar 3 offers three styles of local or remote panels.

C58 Digital Media System
Designed for court recording systems, medical forensic storage, video teleconferencing and training rooms, and security and surveillance facilities, the C58-DMS seamlessly combines up to eight channels of audio and five channels of video, regardless of format, and delivers synchronized live and on-demand playback.

“The C58-DMS represents a new class of hardware focused on the playback viewing experience for a variety of government, medical, security, and business applications,” said Howard Sutton, PESA executive chairman. “In the past, mixed format presentations required far more complex integration. You had multiple components from multiple vendors, latency and sync issues, and a lot of cabling. PESA’s new C58-DMS delivers rich media content to on-site and off-site viewers in a 1 RU package.”

With five independent video inputs and six outputs, the C58-DMS can simultaneously stream up to six video output streams over IP, including one for each individually selected source and a quad view composed of four selected sources. The system can capture H.264 IP camera streams, SDI video up to 720p/60 resolution, and NTSC analog video simultaneously, and it can synchronize discrete audio inputs to discrete video and IP video inputs. It also accepts up to eight discrete line level XLR audio inputs.

The compact C58-DMS digital media processing system seamlessly combines live footage with video playback and/or computer-based content such as PowerPoint slides. When it captures and streams multiple HD sources simultaneously, the streams remain associated and synchronized during the particular event. Intuitive computer software makes it easy to setup multi-channel sessions, initiate simultaneous streaming and recording, and automatically make content available for on-demand viewing.

When deployed with media capture and management software from VIQ Solutions, the C58-DMS provides an end-to-end audio and video content management and distribution solution between local and remote sites using common IP transports over LAN or WAN networks. PESA offers a customizable C58/VIQ multi-tiered workflow built around the PESA Encompass Workstation, which captures digital audio, video, and case information from multiple locations and automatically stores it in a central repository. The sync process is fully automated and secure, so complete recordings are always accessible to authorized users from anywhere on the network.