Evertz MAGNUM Controller Now Supports CALIENT S-Series Optical Switches

Evertz Microsystems has integrated its Magnum Controller with CALIENT’s S-Series Optical Circuit Switches (OCS). The integration adds the protocol agnostic fiber-optic connectivity of the S-Series Optical Circuit Switches to production networks managed by Magnum. The combination delivers protocol-agnostic fiber-optic connectivity for HD and 4K applications.

“CALIENT’s ability to automate the physical switching of optical fiber brings a new layer of value to broadcast production facilities as they deploy large volumes of fiber,” said Mo Goyal, Director of Product Marketing at Evertz. “Integration of this capability with MAGNUM represents a logical next step to facilitate full end-to-end management for studio operators.”

Both companies said that broadcasters and content providers that are adopting new fiber-rich UHD technology are faced with the need to manage multiple fibers and to share and simplify access to camera control units and media servers—many of which may be connected using a range of different SDI and IP network protocols—including 3G/6G/12G.

The CALIENT-Evertz integration allows production facilities that use Magnum for facility management and control to add protocol transparency and pure optical switching delivered by CALIENT’s high capacity OCS systems. This allows facility operators to reconfigure optical-layer connectivity in the studio or production van as needed and to effectively share high-value resources such as camera control units.

The Evertz Magnum controller lets content providers move from legacy SDI connectivity to IP in a seamless manner while still having access to all media server resources. Click to enlarge.

The Evertz Magnum controller lets content providers move from legacy SDI connectivity to IP in a seamless manner while still having access to all media server resources. Click to enlarge.

CALIENT’s S-Series switches can manage fiber-cable intensive environments consisting of hundreds or thousands of single mode optical fibers. Existing workflows often require technicians to manually re-patch connections between events, which adds cost and impacts reliability. The optical circuit switch can be thought of as a fast and highly reliable automated optical patch panel that requires only initial connection and setup. All subsequent reconfiguration is handled remotely via Magnum.

The Magnum Controller is designed for Evertz 10/100GE high capacity switch fabrics, media IP gateways, as well as Evertz’ traditional SDI products such as EQX 3G/HD/SD-SDI routers.

CALIENT’s S-Series Switches includes the S320, a 320-port OCS, and the S-160, a 160-port OCS. The switches allow any-to-any all-optical network connections at any speed up to 100Gbps. The switch offers low latency and can be reconfigured on demand through network management or via multiple open APIs.

“The transition to fiber-based UHD networks is adding complexity to broadcast production environments,” said David Altstaetter, CALIENT Vice President of Marketing and Product Line Management. “But with CALIENT’s OCS, facility managers can dramatically simplify their connectivity and improve ROI by automating fiber management and sharing high-value production resources.”

The CALIENT-Magnum integration has been successfully tested in production network conditions and is available now.

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