Clear-Com intros Digital Matrix 5.0 at NAB 2008

Clear-Com Communication Systems introduces Version 5.0 of
its Eclipse Digital Matrix high-performance intercom system at NAB 2008 (Booth
C5908). Acting as a
central switching unit for communications across a broadcast operation, Eclipse
Digital Matrix Version 5.0 links Clear-Com’s V-Series Panels and CellCom
wireless beltpacks and headsets for cost-effective and universal access to communication
in the studio or out in the field with more connectivity options than ever before.

A global provider of professional communication
solutions for broadcast, live performance, government and commercial markets,
Clear-Com brings increased connectivity and expandability to Version 5.0
through robust E1/T1 telecom connection, fiber linking with intelligent switchover
and now AES Digital Connectivity to V-Series panels for flexibility in OB truck applications.

Working in concert with an E-FIB card, fiber linking between
Eclipse intercom matrixes of the Median and Omega classes enables large, even
multi-venue productions to tie their intercom systems together. Multiple
Eclipse systems may then act as one non-blocking Matrix using redundant
high-capacity fiber, resulting in a large, high-quality, full-duplex
communications system for mobile production and studio integration.

“Having been in the industry for 40 years, Clear-Com
understands the communication needs of broadcasters in a fast-paced and rapidly
changing environment,” says Matt Danilowicz, Managing Director. “As unforeseen
events occur, the intercom system needs to be accessible, dependable and
flexible to support the production workflow. With Version 5.0, we are advancing our
technology to broaden communication access whether in a broadcast studio or
across multiple broadcast stations.”

The system is also outfitted with features that place
control at the users’ fingertips. Highly
configurable and intuitive V-Series user panels, including the new V-Series
Desktop, can be added or removed in the field as production needs change. An
AES-6-RJ interface card allows the user to control remote V-Series Panels
through AES3 stereo digital audio routers and consoles where the Eclipse
intercom is required to talk over audio feeds, as typically occurs in OB vans
and studio environments.
Eclipse Configuration Software (ECS) provides a visual and
intuitive user interface, featuring graphical views of the panels. ECS has the
ability to apply labels and control functions to each individual panel
button. Based on a stand alone or
client/server concept, programming is done from a PC through Ethernet LAN
connections. Status and diagnostic messages are available, allowing systems to
be maintained remotely.

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