PESA in Sochi to support routing switcher system

PESA, a U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, has customer-service personnel at the International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Sochi to support the setup and configuration of its router switcher system for the Winter Games.

PESAThe IBC features a Cheetah 864XR coax and fiber HD video-routing switcher, which is an integral part of the system that provides live and prerecorded video feeds for local distribution, as well as satellite feeds to the U.S. for rebroadcast. Designed for multiformat routing needs and supporting signals up to 1080p/60, the router is populated with 800×800 BNC and 64×64 fiber I/O in a 41RU frame. The system also includes PESA’s UCI2000 controller card to allow third-party control.

Other PESA customers include the Korean Broadcast System, which will be using a system that is similar to its setup from the Summer Games in London in 2012, including two Cheetah digital video routers two DRS digital audio routers connected to the main IBC routing system.

“There are several of our customers in Sochi,” says Chuck Tillett, PESA president and COO. “For more than 25 years, PESA has provided equipment and service support to broadcasters at the Winter and Summer Games, and we are proud to once again be a part of this worldwide event.”

Designed to support 24/7 routing requirements, the Cheetah line of routing switchers offers high-density designs with a flexible crosspoint architecture and a wide range of frames and card configurations. All Cheetah frames feature hot-swappable modules for easier service as well as redundant, load-sharing power supplies and superior air-flow design for higher reliability. DRS is a full-featured, 24-bit, 96-kHz distributed routing system for audio and timecode signals. Based on high-speed multiplexing technology instead of a crosspoint matrix array, DRS requires less complex wiring and fewer cables, which reduces installation and maintenance costs.

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