PESA routes signals at 2006 Winter Olympics

The PESA Cheetah 128 x 128 router can handle SDI and HDTV signals simultaneously.

PESA’s routing technology is being used by a variety of broadcasters to support the delivery of audio and video signals from the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.

Operating out of Padua, Italy, mobile production company FRAME is using a PESA Cheetah SD-HD multirate router because of the system's compact size, flexible signal-format capability and its small but powerful router system controller. The PESA Cheetah 128 x 128 router is capable of simultaneously handling SDI and HDTV signals from the IBC as well as the production group’s own sources.

The Geneva-based European Broadcast Union (EBU) has been using a PESA Tiger router regularly for major sporting events, upgrading the system routinely so that this year’s coverage will be supported by a fully populated Tiger SDI router in tandem with an audio router and a large quantity of RCP-PVPG control panels, each of which was designed specifically for EBU.

The customized PESA control panels allow an operator to select one of up to eight sources with a single key press and then take the source to air by pressing a single control panel key. The EBU system uses the PESA 3500PRO system controller, with 3500PRO software for the Windows XP PRO workstation, along with ClikControl network server/client software for remote operation of the router over a network.

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