Clear-Com announces new Eclipse intercom products at IBC2006

At the recent IBC2006 in Amsterdam, Clear-Com announced the introduction of E-FIB, a network interface card for the firm’s popular Eclipse product family. The E-FIB product provides a non-blocking high-speed audio connection between isolated locations, offering broadcasters greater flexibility, versatility and expandability. Eclipse E-FIB interface cards are available for both the Eclipse Omega and Median frames. The dual concentric fiber ring provides full redundancy while maintaining audio links, even if the main fiber pair is fully disconnected.

The addition of the new E-FIB provides an advanced non-blocking digital audio linking system ideal for sharing intercom and audio resources between production teams. E-FIB runs at full audio bandwidth, allowing the intercom matrices to share the audio resources as if they were local. In effect, this means that a fiber network of Eclipse intercom frames can act as one matrix.

Clear-Com also announced shipment of SoftVoICE 1.0, a virtual intercom panel that enables Eclipse users to connect to a remote intercom matrix through standard Windows XP-based personal computers, providing a simple, low-cost VoIP-based communications infrastructure. As the PC connects via the Internet or an IP network to a VoICE interface at the remote matrix, the VoICE interface makes the SoftVoICE PC appear as a conventional intercom panel to the matrix, which provides all call signaling, audio and label information on the panel. SoftVoICE can also be integrated into an existing station intercom system to deliver broadcast-quality audio over legacy networks.

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