BroaMan’s Marc Brunke hails increased flexibility and efficiency of latest Route66 devices

Route66-4000px-BroamanDay 2 at IBC 2016 saw BroaMan Technical Director and Optocore founder Marc Brunke introduce three new versions of its Route66 router to the trade media, highlighting the fact that the latest iterations have their origins in a major project for a Scandinavian broadcaster.

“It was September 2011, and a systems integrator needed a smart video network for a [broadcaster HQ located] in Stockholm,” he recalled. The request was, he noted wryly, “both impossible and unheard-of, so it was up to us to find a solution, as we are the most prominent company for audio/video networking.”

The ensuing Route66 products are the result of a significant effort to turn the customised solutions produced for various customers “into more of a standard” solution. The three products introduced at IBC 2016 feature a 2RU design, said to be a result of customer feedback and the multiple projects already delivered. Going forward, the Route66 platform will provide single-channel, non-blocking 40 x 40 router ports in three versions — all with directly accessible fibre SFP (Small Form Factor Pluggable) or SDI. Additionally, each new Route66 features fibre ports that can be used to access built-in CWDM or DWDM multiplexers.

The first version of Route66 will offer fibre only, with 40 hot-swappable bidirectional SFPs; Version 2 will have 32 SFPs and 16 x SDI (8-in and 8-out); Version 3, 24 SFPs and 32 SDI (16-in and 16-out).

The new Route66 provides protocol-independent routing and transport, supporting all professional standards: 3G, SDI, HD, 3G-SDI, ASI, MADI. The built-in redundant power supplies offer extremely low power consumption of 10 W-40 W, making the system “significantly more cost-efficient“ than competitive models that depend on external 120-W PSUs. The new models also feature an efficient passive cooling system, which replaces noisy fans.

BroaMan MD Tine Helmle highlighted the different combinations of SDI, SFP, and CWDM multiplexers as a particular advantage. “In addition, every SFP port is bidirectional (both input and output) for maximum channel count — unlike many competitive models, which have switchable I/O, thereby losing valuable ports. At the same time, custom configuration is easily accomplished on point of manufacture, with onsite change of SFPs, as well as via BroaMan or third-party software.”

The new Route66 devices — which begin shipping this month — also contain an advanced network from OEM partner Optocore for IP monitoring and control, audio, and intercom (for example, ClearCom, RTS, Riedel, etc.), routing and transport — as well as providing additional transport of GPIO, RS485, and LAN.

All connections are to the rear, making Route66 installation-friendly. The front panel provides status information only, with no cabling or service buttons.

Route66 can become a part of a Video AutoRouting System array (as deployed at broadcaster SVT in Sweden and the new ITV Coronation Street set at MediaCityUK in Manchester).

Other features include Video Sync transport with sync signals converter for the most commonly used signals: WC, BB, TriLevel; Camera CCU (without power) transport and routing up to 4G; and full offline software for preconfigurations.

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