Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Echolab’s new switcher leverages SOC technology
Among a variety of new features, Echolab’s Nova identity4’s SOC architecture provides for centralized storage of firmware and hardware configuration updates on a Compact Flash memory card.
Echolab will introduce the Nova identity4, a broadcast switcher equipped with system-on-chip (SOC) technology, at NAB2005.
The Nova identity4’s SOC architecture provides for centralized storage of firmware and hardware configuration updates on a Compact Flash memory card. Up to eight custom or previous revisions can be stored on the card.
Multiple revisions on the card allow for different users to customize their switcher for show-specific needs. Previous revisions stored on the card allow a user to confidently upgrade their switcher without the fear of a loss of a previous working version.
The standard feature set for the compact Nova identity4 switcher includes six keyers (two downstream); four chromakeyers; five pattern generators; two 2-D DVEs with rotation; 16 SDI inputs; 16 SDI outputs (two program, preview, clean-feed, and 11 timed aux outputs with a dedicated aux monitoring output); two matte generators; two DVE border generators; frame buffer with alpha channel; Photoshop support; Ethernet connectivity; and full tally and GPIO.
The Nova identity4’s panel fits in a standard rack and has industry standard look-ahead preview architecture.
Echolab has teamed with Hitachi to sponsor a contest in connection with the switcher introduction. The major prize is a $40,000 studio package that includes a Nova identity4 and Hitachi Z2500 ST4 camera.
For more information, visit www.echolab.com.
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