Universal Videohub comes in two models, letting the customer choose the rack frame chassis size they need to then plug in as many SDI interface cards as needed. Each BNC or optical fiber SDI interface card supports 4 inputs, 4 outputs and 4 deck control connections. That means the Universal Videohub 288 model supports up to 72 plug in SDI cards for up to 288 x 288 SDI routing. The Universal Videohub 72 model supports 18 plug in SDI cards for up to 72 x 72 SDI routing. Interface cards can be BNC SDI or optical fiber SDI, and the customers can mix and match between types in any order.
Ideal for the world's leading broadcasters and post production facilities, Universal Videohub includes the latest technologies, such as 3 Gb/s SDI, auto switching between SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI formats, RS-422 deck control ports for each crosspoint, full SDI re-clocking, multiple simultaneous video format support, ethernet and serial router crosspoint control, optional BNC SDI and optical fiber SDI interface cards, redundant crosspoint cards and redundant power supplies. No other router offers such leading edge technology and at such an affordable price.
Universal Videohub ships to customers without any plug in cards, so the customer is free to build their router any way they like! For example, customers can plug in either BNC SDI cards or optical fiber SDI cards in any combination depending on the equipment they have. This makes it easy to partially load SDI interface cards, to start at an affordable size, and then add more SDI interface cards over time to grow to a massive 288 x 288 size! To make scalability even easier, the 72 x 72 cross point card and power supply cards from the Universal Videohub 72 can be plugged into the Universal Videohub 288. Only Universal Videohub lets users upgrade to a larger rack frame and keep their entire investment in interface cards and power supplies.
One of the biggest benefits to Universal Videohub's card based design, is true 24/7 reliability. Universal Videohub has no electronic components on the motherboard and all electronics can be hot swapped for replacements in case of failure, or when upgrading. Universal Videohub 288 even includes an extra slot for a redundant cross point and power supply. In case of failure, the cross point will instantly change over allowing continuous operation.
Universal Videohub 288 also offers true multiple fault redundancy, where different faults in both crosspoint cards can be handled. In the rare event of multiple faults occurring in both cross point cards, Universal Videohub 288 automatically detects and combines the still functioning parts of both cross point cards together to keep the router running. That's true multiple fault tolerance, unique to Universal Videohub, and eliminates any situation where a faulty crosspoint can go unnoticed and then be unavailable if the main crosspoint fails.
Universal Videohub is sold in two models of unpopulated rack frames. The customer simply adds the SDI interface cards, power supplies and crosspoint cards as needed. This provides true scaleability allowing lower entry cost, or when used in broadcast environments where full redundancy is required, the Universal Videohub 288 model supports adding duplicate crosspoint and power supply cards. Universal Videohub 72 does not support redundant crosspoint cards, however it does support redundant power supplies when the 300 watt power supply card is used.