Ross Video launches 12G-ready Ultrix FR12 router

 Ross Video has introduced the latest version of its Ultrix router – the 12G-ready Ultrix FR12.

Ultrix natively supports 12G throughout the entire chassis. This means it’s ready for UHD production, without replacing any hardware or losing capacity. It supports SDI, fibre and IP signal I/O and, due to its size, base feature set and software capabilities, owners save significant money on upfront capital costs, according to Ross.

Todd Riggs, director of product management for hyperconverged solutions at Ross Video, explained: “When we launched Ultrix we had 1RU and 2RU frame sizes. A couple of years later we brought the 5RU frame to market. Today, with the launch of the FR12, our award-winning platform makes a huge leap forward, one that will rock the world for a wide range of markets.”

The FR12 has a smart door that’s an LCD display designed to help users with monitoring their system, troubleshooting, configuring and control via a high-resolution, full-size touchscreen panel.

It boasts up to 288×288 SDI ports with a 6144×6144 TDM audio fabric, up to 288 frame syncs, 288 clean quiet switches and up to 48×100 PIP multiviewers. It also has up to eight SDPE blades that can be configured as a single 8ME Ross Acuity switcher, eight independent Ross Carbonites or even a 4ME Acuity and four independent Carbonites.

Riggs continued: “In the past, a traditional system could use around 500 rack units. Now, with the FR12, you’re looking at only 14 rack units for the equivalent solution. That’s over 500 fewer rack units and freed up space for your business to grow. Less hardware also means less power consumption, so while a typical system could consume 52,300W, the FR12 equivalent system would only consume 2,400W. Less hardware also means far less cabling – hundreds instead of thousands – and significantly less weight as the FR12 tips the scales around 100lbs or 45kg as opposed to a traditional system’s massive 6284lbs or 2850kg.”

In addition, as the FR12 is the world’s only router with an integrated production switcher, customers can build entire infrastructures with flexibility, performance and integration.

Riggs concluded: “The Ultrix platform just got bigger, smarter and more powerful as the FR12’s compact frame packs a massive punch with significantly more capacity, functionality and innovation. The FR12 also represents a major enhancement to the current Ultrix product portfolio and the capacity increase of the frame means Ross Video now addresses and can meet even more of the worldwide router and multiviewer market’s requirements.”

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