Harris Broadcast unveils triple-path Platinum router

Newly announced by Harris Broadcast, the Platinum IP3 is billed as the broadcast industry’s first router to accommodate separate video, audio and data paths within the same frame. It is also said to be the first signal router that can scale to multi-format configurations for very large broadcast and media operations using a common architecture, simplifying installations and eliminating costs associated with external components and complex cabling.

“Offering a future-proof design that looks beyond baseband/IP convergence to cover ultra-high-bandwidth needs, including 4K and beyond, gives our customers a unique opportunity to prepare for approaching changes,” says Harris Morris, president, Harris Broadcast. “But the ability for our customers to intelligently scale routing systems to any size using a common architecture, along with the best possible on-air protection, delivers real-world benefits that are clearly viable today.”

The Platinum IP3 delivers high-quality, multi-format signal routing up to 576×1024 in a single 28RU frame. It can scale to at least 2048×2048 in multi-frame configurations without external distribution amplifiers or combiners, reducing costs and labor.  The design eliminates the need to take stations off the air while scaling into multiple frame systems — another industry first.

As with other Platinum routers, the Platinum IP3 accommodates multiviewers, frame synchronizers, advanced I/O options and audio mux/demux capabilities within the frame for a space- and energy-saving integrated solution. The ability to customise router size and the integration of multiviewers and other systems, make the Platinum IP3 ideal for traditional broadcast plants as well as mobile production trucks, houses of worship, cable/IPTV facilities and large satellite TV operations among other end users.

The Platinum IP3, now shipping worldwide, will make its debut at the CABSAT 2013 show in Dubai (Mar 12-14), with its North American debut set for the 2013 NAB Show this spring (Apr 8-11).

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