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Posted on Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Leveraging the Record-Breaking Success of DGX Technologies


LAS VEGAS – June 09, 2010 – AMX®, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, today announced the newest member of the record-breaking Epica® DGX Fiber Matrix Switcher family, the Epica DGX 16 Fiber Matrix Switcher. The Epica DGX 16 Fiber Matrix Switcher gives installers a more compact solution while providing the same performance and support for the ground-breaking SmartScale™ technology that propelled the Epica DGX Fiber Matrix Switcher line to the most successful launch in AMX history. AMX will showcase the Epica DGX 16 Fiber Matrix Switcher and the Epica DGX 32 Fiber Matrix Switcher along with soon to be released enhancements in booth C4417 at InfoComm 2010, being held June 9 – 11 in Las Vegas.

As fiber is becoming more widely installed, the Epica DGX 16 Fiber Matrix Switcher provides a platform to take advantage of its higher-bandwidth and deliver any combination of DVI, RGBHV, HDMI, audio and one-way RS-232 control signals up to 3000 feet. For 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 Fiber Matrix Switcher uncompromisingly transmits high-resolution 1920x1200 video at a data rate of 4.95 Gbps to up to 16 LCD screens.

"The best of fiber matrix switching just got smaller," stated AMX Chief Technology Officer Robert Noble. "The Epica DGX Fiber line simplifies fiber, enabling installers to deliver high quality installations through smart technology such as digital and analog transcoding and 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."

SmartScale 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.

"The Epica DGX product family has hit a sweet spot in the marketplace because of innovations that simplify installations, for example, its ability to transcode audio and video, from analog to digital or digital to analog," said Paul Hand, AMX Product Manager. "Since it's designed for use with single-strand multimode fiber, the Epica DGX family lets installers take advantage of the most economic and easy-to-install fiber and offers optimum security, clarity and distance benefits that enable true, uncompressed DVI, HDMI, RGBHV, audio and control 3,000 feet and beyond in any environment."