The MX series matrix routers are the highest performance, modular expandable DVI and HDMI compliant switchers, available in five different frame sizes. Various frame sizes are available from 9x9 up to 80x80, allowing the building of custom I/O sized matrices.
The built‑in sophisticated software and hardware features make these routers the most flexible integrated solution and have proven to be a sturdy, reliable gear chosen by AV professionals for applications in practically every segment of the industry.
4K UHD & 3D Formats Support Without Latency
The MX Series supports the highest 4K UHD, 2560x1600 and 1920x1080@120Hz resolutions, standard HDMI 3D formats and all HDMI 1.3 resolutions, operating without signal latency.
The MX series has non‑blocking topology: any input can be tied to any one or more outputs without limitations. One source can be tied to multiple destinations at the same time. Crosspoint switching is done instantly without frame delay.
MX frames and I/O boards are compatible with HDCP encrypted sources and displays. Installing a complex AV system with mixed, HDCP and non-HDCP components is easy and simple: the non-blocking architecture of the MX series allows HDCP and non-HDCP boards to be compatible within the same chassis.
Frame Detector and Input Signal Analysis
Uniquely available in Lightware matrices, these functions determine the exact video format sent by the source and help to identify several potential issues. The signal analyser displays detailed information of an incoming video and audio signal such as timing, frequencies, scan mode, HDCP encryption, colour range, colour space and audio sample rate. In the Frame Detector window the parameters are displayed on an intuitive graphical interface
Advanced Control Options
MX frames feature advanced control options to ease system control, setup, maintenance and troubleshooting. A rugged Ethercon connector provides reliable connection to the LAN allowing multiple TCP/IP and WEB controls simultaneously. An RS-232 connector serves 3rd party control systems. The touch-panel controls allow for system customization and offer simplicity in system control and operation. The front panel has a mini USB connector for easy access in rack applications. The freely available Lightware Device Controller software supports quick matrix configuration and easy EDID setup with the built-in Advanced EDID Editor.
Advanced EDID Management
This proprietary Lightware technology stores more than 100 user EDID files and also has a large set of factory preloaded EDID settings including all standard DVI resolutions. HDMI EDID with various audio channels and codecs are also supported, plus analog VESA, non-standard VGA EDID formats and Dual-Link DVI resolutions. With the free Lightware Device Controller software, including the Advanced EDID Editor tool, users can create their own EDID file and upload it to any Lightware product, or modify existing EDID data read from any projector or monitor. It supports .bin, .dat and .edid file formats, allowing system engineers to also generate EDID files for 3rd party AV products.
Pixel Accurate Reclocking
Pixel Accurate Reclocking provides exceptional signal regeneration capability: the signals are cleared from noise, skew and jitter caused by long cable runs, EMC incompatible devices and poor quality twisted pair cables/equipment. Automatic skew compensation eliminates intra-pair and inter-pair skew caused by imperfect wire twists and lengths in DVI, HDMI and CAT cables. Pixel Accurate Reclocking decodes the pixel information from the video content and drives them over the dual PLL circuitry. The regenerated pixel information is re-encoded as a DVI or HDMI signal ensuring that the output is stable with sharp digital transitions and accurate timings.
Built-in Cable Compensation
MX modular matrices have manual or automatic adaptive mode extending the cable length at inputs respective to the signal format. Using a 22AWG high quality DVI or HDMI cable, the inputs are automatically compensated for up to 60 meter cable length at 1080p, WUXGA and 2K computer resolutions at 24bpp. This feature eliminates the need for additional cable extender boxes in the system rack.
Reliability & Redundancy
At Lightware we build our reputation and pay special attention on designing, developing and making truly reliable products. The MX-FR33R, MX-FR65R and MX-FR80R frames have hot-swappable N+1 redundant power supplies. These frames were designed for mission critical operations where redundancy is key and high reliability is required. If one of the supplies fail unexpectedly, the remaining PSU units continue to function keeping the AV system seamlessly in operation. Our power supplies are all rated to 1,000,000 hours MTBF and loaded to a maximum of 60%. PSU units accept all international AC line voltages from 100 to 240 Volts with 50 to 60 Hz frequency on a standard IEC connector.
The MX series offers redundancy options for power source, with separate power-inlets for two different power lines, for real security and safety.
I/O Boards: Non-blocking Architecture
The Hybrid Modular Architecture has various input and output interface boards available, which can be freely mixed in the same frame without limitation, even boards with different type of interfaces (DVI, HDMI, fiber optical, or CATx twisted pair). A wide range of compatible Lightware extender devices is available to link with the installed input and output boards
RS-232 Over Fiber and TPS
This control option allows for remote control of the endpoint devices (e.g. sources and displays) through a single fiber or twisted pair cable. The central control system can send and receive commands directly to and from the far endpoint devices with RS-232 control capability. The control commands are delivered via the same fiber or CATx cable which carries the video and audio signal therefore no extra cabling is required for RS-232 control. The matrix functions as a communication hub. Using only a single physical LAN or RS-232 connection the matrix can communicate with all the endpoint devices directly when connected to far end optical or TPS transmitters and receivers.