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AMX Begins Shipping Epica DGX 16 Fiber Matrix Switchers
Posted on Monday, October 18, 2010

Dealers Can Get the Unprecedented Capabilities of the Digital Switcher Widely Deployed in Military and Medical Installations for Smaller-Scale Installations

RICHARDSON, TX - October 18, 2010 - AMX®, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, today announced the immediate availability of the Epica® DGX 16 Fiber Matrix Switcher. The compact Epica DGX 16 Fiber Matrix Switcher opens the door to more installers who want the unmatched clarity, distance and security capabilities found in many mission-critical installations for smaller-scale projects.

The Epica DGX product line, the next generation of the Epica DG line widely used by the U.S. Military and medical facilities, offers innovative technology including automatic signal conversion from analog to digital, SmartScale receivers, embedded audio on fiber runs and fully redundant, hot swappable power supplies. With the DGX 16 users can deliver any combination of true, uncompressed DVI, RGBHV, audio and one-way RS-232 control signals 3000 feet and beyond over fiber. Users also get the added flexibility of local DVI inputs and outputs. For corporate campuses, hospitals, large venues and other settings where audio and video need to be sent to multiple displays across great distances, the Epica DGX 16 uncompromisingly transmits high-resolution 1920x1200 video at a data rate of 4.95 Gbps to up to 16 destinations.

"The Epica DGX Fiber line simplifies the implementation of complex AV deployments through innovations such as SmartScale, a revolutionary technology in the DGX Receivers that automatically communicates with display devices, determines native resolutions and then delivers the optimal resolution to each display," said AMX Chief Technology Officer Robert Noble. "In addition to the pre-configured DVI solutions - 8x16, 16x8 and 16x16 - the Epica DGX 16 enclosure is fully customizable for any configurations using the local DVI or DGX multimode fiber input and output boards, allowing the system to grow in 4 input/4 output increments up to 16x16."

The innovative SmartScale technology in the Epica DGX line works by automatically responding to a display's declared EDID information then optimizing the video resolution and video parameters for each display throughout a deployment. This produces a marked improvement in performance and installation time. Without SmartScale, in installations consisting of multiple displays of various types, the programmer is forced to settle for distributing common resolution imagery to all displays, as the lower resolution displays cannot handle the higher resolutions. The consequence is grainy images in higher resolution displays.

"Simply put, using a DGX fiber distribution system - with AMX's revolutionary SmartScale powered fiber receivers - is now more cost-effective than ever before for smaller to mid-sized distribution systems where video quality and 24/7 operation is a top priority," said Paul Hand, AMX Product Manager. "The Epica DGX product family has really hit a sweet spot with installers because of its smart features that simplify installations and extraordinary flexibility."

In addition to the inherent security of signal distribution over fiber, the Epica DGX 16 is also compatible with the AMX NXB-APW-1000 TCP/IP interface which has passed rigorous Department of Defense testing and has been awarded the U.S. Government's JITC Information Assurance certification ensuring network security.