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Ensemble Ships BrightEye NXT Compact Routers

The innovative routing systems, about the size of a club sandwich, provide clean and quiet switching of SDI, HDMI and Fiber Optic sources

Ensemble Designs announced today that it has begun shipments of its BrightEye NXT family of compact routers - the BrightEye NXT 410, BrightEye NXT 415, and the BrightEye NXT 430. The innovative routing systems, about the size of a club sandwich, provide clean and quiet switching of SDI, HDMI and Fiber Optic sources.

“We are excited to be shipping three different versions of this sophisticated routing solution to video professionals throughout the world,” said David Wood, CEO and Chief Designer at Ensemble Designs. “We are very proud of these products, and we are looking forward to seeing the wide variety of applications which lend themselves to these very unique compact routers.”

The BrightEye NXT 410 HDMI/SDI clean switch router provides inputs and outputs for SDI, HDMI and Fiber Optic signals. Any format input can be routed to any format output, and the unique clean switch architecture provides glitch free, pop free video and audio switching, even with asynchronous sources. Fiber Optic I/O is accomplished using SFPs (small form pluggable) inserted into sockets on the back of the unit.

“This little router is basically plug and play,” said John Pichitino, Technology Evangelist for Ensemble Designs. “The flexibility is amazing. You can route completely asynchronous signals to the HDMI output to cleanly feed projectors or flat screen displays, at the same time cleanly route signals to SDI destinations like switchers or microwave links, and still have a fiber optic connection available for long distance hauls. It’s exciting to be shipping them out the door, having only introduced them at NAB last April.”

The BrightEye NXT 430 is an SDI only version that also provides two SFP sockets. It can be configured from a 13x2 to a 2x13 and anywhere in between. Two Clean Switches can be assigned to any of the ports.

“Most routers have a fixed I/O configuration,” said Mondae Hott, Director of Sales at Ensemble Designs. “The BrightEye NXT 430 can be reconfigured at any time to meet the needs of a particular production or individual installation. To be able to use an unused input as an output, or vise versa, provides flexibility unparalleled even in high-end, large, mainframe installations. We are very pleased to be shipping these sweet little routers to customers world wide.”

The BrightEye NXT routers also come with a built in web server – allowing control and configuration from virtually anywhere via the user’s favorite web browser. They can even be controlled using an iPad or iPhone, or other mobile device.

Ensemble Designs also announced the shipment of the BrightEye NXT 415, which is a non-clean switched version of the NXT 430 for those not needing to route asynchronous sources.

“I have to say that these are the perfect solution for news cars or helicopters – or any installation requiring a small footprint for that matter,” said Robert Nunez, Sales at Ensemble Designs. “Given that it also runs on 12 volts, it’s perfect for installations in mobile vans, flight packs and even boats.”

Based in Grass Valley, California and formed in 1989, Ensemble Designs is a leading provider of signal processing and infrastructure products to the professional broadcast industry, and other government and commercial applications. Customers include RAI, CBS News, NASA, Major League Baseball, Olympic Broadcast Organisation, Sky, ESPN, The Moving Picture Company and TVNZ.