IHSE Introduces New Draco Vario Extenders to Support SDI Formats

IHSE has launched a new line of extenders that allows broadcast SDI formats to be converted and switched within any IHSE KVM matrix switch.

IHSE said the new Draco vario SDI series accepts SDI signal formats up to 3G-SDI. From there, the extenders allow source and destination extensions up to 6.2 miles over a single-mode fiber. This makes it possible to extend high-resolution computer-based content to or from broadcast serial digital equipment.

The Draco vario SDI extender comes in two models: a CPU (TX) model and a CON (RX) model, both of which support pluggable SFP modules for SDI fiber, SDI coax or a combination of both.

They are designed to function with IHSE's Draco tera compact or Draco tera enterprise matrix switch solutions to distribute SDI video in parallel with the company's standard KVM extenders.

The vario SDI extender supports video resolutions up to 1080p60 via an SFP module available in either HD-BNC for coax or duplex LC for fiber. In addition, the units support SDI with embedded audio via the SMPTE ST-259, ST-292 and ST-424 serial digital standards.

A signal-conversion function inside the CPU extender converts SDI input sources to a proprietary transport for use with IHSE's flex-port technology. Once connected to an IHSE matrix switch, the signal can then be used to switch converted SDI from the CPU to function with other extenders connected to the matrix.

This capability allows users to view content on a wide range of monitors without needing dedicated SDI displays and extra cables for SDI extension.

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