Crestron Launches New DigitalMedia Switcher

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The What: Crestron has released its new 128X128 DigitalMedia Switcher, the latest addition to their family of digital AV networking solutions. The "industrial-strength" switcher manages the high-definition and analog AV distribution requirements of large commercial facilities, such as stadiums, arenas, university campuses, and global enterprises.






 The What Else: Sharing the same architecture and feature set as the 64x64 DigitalMedia Switcher, the 128x128 features a modular blade I/O expansion system, 4K Ultra HD support, a built-in web server, and a 15" color touch screen. It manages up to 128 analog or digital sources and distributes them over standard CAT5e or fiber optic cable.

Crestron Auto-Locking Technology enables fast signal switching by configuring every device in the signal path as soon as the signal hits the first device.

A PC is no longer needed to perform local switcher configuration and troubleshooting. Using the built-in touch screen, the 128X128 DM Switcher provides a graphical interface to complete setup, operation, and diagnostic testing.

Certified DM engineers and technicians will appreciate the time-saving diagnostic capabilities. They can monitor each I/O blade, fan tray and power supply; troubleshoot every signal path in detail; and load custom EDID settings.

With the onboard Web server, the same front panel user interface can be extended to any PC web browser. There's no need for custom software.

The new hot-swappable modular blade I/O expansion system makes it easier to configure, modify, and upgrade a DM system in the field. There will be input and output blades to support HDMI, HDBaseT, multimode fiber, and single-mode fiber. Each blade provides eight inputs or outputs of any one type, and copper and fiber I/O can be integrated on the same platform. Additionally, with the touch of a button, the single-file update function updates all the firmware for every connected device.

Why This Matters:
"The availability of the 128X128 DM Switcher ensures that AV systems will have the flexibility to support the increasingly demanding requirements of the world's top organizations and largest facilities," said Fred Bargetzi, VP of Technology.

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