Lightware to Debut Hybrid Matrix

Calling this analog and digital matrix a Hybrid Router, Lightware’s new 25G is touted as not only a matrix, but also “a complete signal architecture”: a cloud that supports eight media layers — video, audio, Ethernet, USB KVM, USB 2.0, IR, RS-232 and CEC channels. All layers are supported by 25G Hybrid signal management; inside the cloud all the layers are independent for switching and extending all signal layers separately.

The 25G Hybrid signal architecture allows video, audio and media layers to be transmitted over a single fiber or one CAT5 cable so one switcher supports all eight media layers. The 25G Hybrid Matrix has 160 inputs and 160 outputs and is spec’d at a total throughput of 4TB per second. It offers 25 gigabits-per-second data rate switching for transporting next generation video signals, such as HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2, and handling all future video and audio standards, including 4K resolution and stereo 3D formats.

Each video port is equipped with a separate audio input and output connector, forming a 320×320 S/P/DIF crosspoint switch. It manages stereo and multichannel audio as well as high bitrate formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.  Optional multi-channel to stereo downmixing is available.

The product won’t be released until InfoComm so there are no specific specs yet. But, when they launch, details will be here: