Miranda launches router controller, upgraded router

Miranda Technologies, a brand of Belden, Inc., a global provider of integrated solutions for production, playout, and delivery systems for television broadcasters and multi-system operators, announced the launch of its new NVISION 920 purpose-built, enterprise class router controller, and an upgraded NVISION 8140 router at IBC 2012. Both are designed with no-compromise functionality at the heart of their compact cores.

The 1RU NV920 is specifically designed to control Miranda and third-party routers in demanding, space-constrained broadcast applications and includes redundant power supplies, front service capability and flexible configuration options, making it suited for production trucks and small studios.

“The compact size of this highly configurable controller is very important for both fixed and mobile broadcast applications,” said Marco Lopez, senior vice president, Infrastructure, Routers, and Monitoring for Miranda. “This single unit provides comprehensive control and functionality while conserving precious rack space, reducing heat output and lowering power consumption. No other manufacturer can offer such complete control in such a small, power-efficient package.”

The NV920 is available as a single controller that can be easily upgraded in the field to redundant control with the effortless addition of a second control module. Because NV920 modules are user-replaceable from the front there is no need to access the rear of the unit to remove cables, wires or screws. This enables quick changes to additional or spare modules on the fly with no interruption to service. The unit’s redundant power supplies are also hot-swappable, a mission-critical element for most broadcast operations.

Lopez adds, “Many broadcast installations have space and power limitations and we have worked diligently to take those considerations into account when bringing new and upgraded technologies to market. For example, in addition to the new NV920 controller, we have upgraded our new NV8140 router with similar space and power saving advantages in mind.”

Miranda’s NV8140 is the latest addition to the NV8500 series of Enterprise Class routers and takes advantage of proven technologies that already exist in that series.

What makes the NV8140 a standout addition to the popular NV8500 series is its support for hybrid audio/video routing with standard coax or fiber connectivity via a rectangular 144×288 matrix, all housed in just 8RU. Like the new controller, this router is an ideal option for mobile production vehicles and smaller studios.

It includes crosspoint redundancy that protects all signal paths, including multiviewer outputs. The device supports 3Gbps, HD, SD, DVB-ASI and integrated audio processing, and with its fiber connectivity, it also supports CWDM. Third-party control protocols are also available for easy integration into existing infrastructures if desired.

Highly efficient cooling and effortless, front-loading serviceability complete a package that for the first time offers crowded broadcast operations with powerful functionality and easy maintenance that would have previously been ruled out due to severe space constraints and unacceptable service access requirements.

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