ALAMEDA, CA and CAMBRIDGE, UK --Clear-Com® a Vitec Group brand, announces the release of two new AES-6 interface cards to its Eclipse Digital Matrix intercom system. The two interface cards are designed to provide connection to either the AES-3 digital audio, or to coax video cable from digital intercom panels. The AES-6 cards complement Clear-Com‘s existing range of IMF interfaces for Eclipse intercom matrices, including the 1RU Eclipse-PiCo system, and supporting the company‘s existing 4000 system panels.

The 6-channel AES-6-CX module connects digital panels to Eclipse matrices. Use of these more robust coax cables is favored for outside mobile broadcast (OB) or live events, while CAT-5 cabling is preferred for indoor connection of other panels offering either mono or stereo modes. The digital audio coax connection also provides two audio paths to the intercom panel, allowing users to have a permanent program audio or production conference feed as well as switched intercom.

The AES-6-RJ interface card provides for direct connection to AES-3 stereo digital audio routers and consoles where the Eclipse intercom is required to talk over audio feeds, such as in OB vans or within studio environments. Once converted to AES-3, outgoing intercom can be transferred to any existing AES-3 or MADI channel formats using readily available AES-3 products. (AES-3 digital audio provides two channels of low-noise, high-quality audio in a single twisted-pair cable.)

The AES-6 interface cards are available for use in either IMF-3 (3RU) or IMF-102 (1RU) interface racks, in addition to the Eclipse-Median. The same racks can mix AES-6 cards with any of the existing range, including the FOR-22 (Dual channel 4-wire Transformer balance audio interface), TEL-14 (Dual Line PSTN interface), CCI-22 (Dual channel Party Line interface), RLY-6 (6-way Relay Control interface) and the GPI-6 (6-way Opto control interface).

The two new AES-6 interface cards and the Eclipse Digital Matrix intercom system are available through local distributors or the Clear-Com sales office. For more information go to:

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Clear-Com® is a global market leader in professional communication systems for production teams in live performance, broadcast, military, government, and businesses who demand uncompromising clarity, reliability and mobility. In addition to offering more than 200 intercom products, the company also provides consulting, engineering, training, and support services. Founded in 1968, Clear-Com invented the world's first party line beltpack. In 1991, the company introduced the world‘s first digital matrix. Today, the company continues innovating with wireless and IP-based products. Clear-Com, a brand of The Vitec Group plc, is headquartered in Alameda, California and Cambridge UK. For more information, please visit


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