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The future-proofed matrix backplanes are able to switch to 12.8 Gigabit per second data rates allowing transportation of the HDMI 1.4, 4K x 2K, 3D and Displayport 1.1 video signals. All input boards e.g. DVII, 3G-SDI, etc. convert their respective input signals to the widest and broadest standard for all existing video signals – uncompressed HDMI (including embedded audio). Output boards convert the router’s switched HDMI format to their respective output e.g. fiber and twisted pair amongst others.

4K UHD & 3D formats support

Lightware supports the highest 4K UHD, 2560x1600 and 1920x1080@120Hz resolutions as well as standard 3D formats and HDMI1.4 resolutions.

No signal latency

All Lightware matrix routers and standalone extenders – even the analog VGA or the 3G-SDI input boards – add no frame or line period delay to the signal.

Cross compatibility

Cross compatibility is ensured between every device in Lightware’s product families. Extender pairs work together in point to point standalone applications as well as connected to a matrix router thanks to Lightware’s Hybrid Modular design. This integrated solution simplifies installation and helps reducing system costs as well.


HDCP compatibility

All MX frames, relevant I/O boards and suitable devices are compatible with HDCP encrypted sources and displays. Installing a complex AV system with both HDCP and non-HDCP components becomes easy and with our non-blocking architecture, HDCP and non-HDCP boards are now compatible within the same chassis.


A red screen alert is shown when protected content is switched to a non-compliant display. Lightware Visual Engineering is a legal HDCP adopter, and has developed several functions that helps to solve HDCP related problems like HDCP key counter, HDCP key caching, HDCP enabling/disabling function.

Instantaneous switching

Instantaneous switching is performed when a key press or a switch command has been sent over any control port. Lightware routers and switchers do not add delay to the switch function and multiple switches can be executed at the same time instantaneously. Switching genlocked sources gives a glitch-free image change similar to seamless switchers. Even non-locked sources’ signals are switched instantaneously allowing displays to resynchronize as fast as their internal circuitry allows. This resynchronization time may take between 50 milliseconds and 2 seconds depending on the display or projector type.

Frame Detector and Input Signal Analysis

Uniquely available on Lightware matrices, this function determines the exact video format sent by the source and therefore helps to identify many potential issues. The signal analyzer displays detailed information regarding an incoming video and audio signal such as timing, frequencies, scan mode, HDCP encryption, color range, color space and audio sample rate. In the Frame Detector window the parameters are displayed on an intuitive graphical interface. Through the CPU2, this function is now available on all input boards.

Matrix switcher frames

The MX series matrix routers are the highest performance modular expandable DVI and HDMI compliant switchers available with five different frame sizes from 9x9 up to 80x80 allowing the building of custom I/O sized matrices. The built-in sophisticated software and hardware features make these routers the most flexible and integrated solution for AV professionals and high-end home theatre applications.

Modular matrix frames

Cross platform signal routing

Fiber, TPS, TP, DVI, HDMI, analog VGA, SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, S/PDIF and analog stereo audio signals are handled in the same frame without routing limitations.


Advanced control options
Various control options have been introduced to ease system control, setup, maintenance and troubleshooting. In the matrix frames a ruggedized Ethercon connector proves a reliable connection to the LAN allowing multiple TCP/IP and WEB controls simultaneously. An RS-232 connector is provided for 3rd party control systems. These touch-panel controls allow customization of your system, offer simplicity in system control and operation. The front panel contains a mini USB connector for easy access in rack applications. Lightware also has a company developped Lightware Device Controller software which supports quick matrix configuration and easy EDID setup with the built-in Advanced EDID Editor.

Advanced EDID Management

This proprietary Lightware technology has been further upgraded. It stores more than 100 user EDID files and offers various factory preloaded versions including all standard DVI resolutions. HDMI EDID with various audio channels and codecs are also supported, plus analog VESA, non-standard VGA EDID formats and Dual-Link DVI resolutions including the latest 4K projector’s requirements. With the supplied Lightware Device Controller software, which includes our Advanced EDID Editor option, users can create their own EDID file, send by Email, upload to any Lightware product or modify existing EDID data read from any projector or monitor. It supports .bin, .dat and .edid file formats allowing system engineers to generate EDID files for 3rd party manufacturer’s AV products.


Pixel Accurate Reclocking

This Lightware proprietary technology was introduced by the world’s first DVI matrix switcher (MX8x8DVI-Pro) in 2006 and provides exceptional signal regeneration capability. The circuitry cleans the signal from noise, skew and jitter caused by long cable runs, EMC incompatible devices and poor quality twisted pair cables/ equipment. Automatic skew compensation eliminates intra-pair and inter-pair skew caused by imperfect wire twists and lengths in DVI, HDMI and CAT cables. Pixel Accurate Reclocking decodes the pixel information from the video content and drives them over the dual PLL circuitry. The regenerated pixel information is re-encoded as a DVI or HDMI signal ensuring the output is stable with sharp digital transitions and accurate timings.

HDMI signal before pPixel Accurate Reclocking HDMI signal after Pixel Accurate Reclocking

Reliability & Redundancy

Reliability is one of the most important and main features of Lightware’s products. The MX-FR33R, MX-FR65R and MX-FR80R frames contain hot swappable N+1 redundant power supplies. These frames were designed for mission critical operations where redundancy is key and high reliability is required. If one of the supplies fail unexpectedly the remaining PSU units continue to function keeping the AV system seamlessly in operation. Our power supplies are all rated to 1,000,000 hours MTBF, are loaded to a maximum of 60%, and accept all international AC line voltages from 100 to 240 Volts with 50 to 60 Hz frequency on a standard IEC connector.


Lightware’s Hybrid Modular matrix switchers can be used with various input and output boards, which can be mixed in the same frame without limitation. The hybrid architecture makes possible to route signals between the boards even if they have different type of interfaces (like DVI, HDMI, fiber optical, or CATx twisted pair). A wide range of compatible extender devices is available for all input and output boards.


modular matrix boards

RS-232 over fiber and TPS

This control option allows the endpoint devices (eg. sources and displays) to be remotely controlled through a single fiber or twisted pair cable. The central control system can send and receive commands directly to and from the far endpoint devices with RS-232 control capability. The control commands are delivered on the same fiber or CATx cable which carries the video and audio signal therefore no extra cabling is required for RS-232 control. The matrix functions as a communication hub. The control system needs only one physical LAN or RS-232 connection to the matrix and will be able to communicate with all the endpoint devices directly connected to far end optical or TPS transmitters and receivers.


Built-in cable compensation

Each DVI, HDMI or SDI input port contains an individual built-in cable extender in the Modular Matrices. The cable equalizer can be used in manual or automatic adaptive mode and extends the cable length on inputs respective to the signal format. Using a 22AWG high quality DVI or HDMI cable, the inputs are automatically compensated for up to 60 meter cable length at 1080p, WUXGA and 2K computer resolutions at 24bpp. This feature eliminates the need for additional cable extender boxes in the system rack. Other switchers, interfaces and extenders’ cable compensation may differ, for exact parameters see the product’s feature list.



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