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AMX Launches AutoPatch Fiber Optic Matrix Switcher Line

RICHARDSON, Texas – Dec. 6, 2006 – Today at Government Video & Technology Expo 2006, AMX®, a worldwide leader in advanced control system technology, launched its first product in a new line of fiber optic matrix switchers. The company is demonstrating the new AutoPatch Epica “Digital Generation” (EpicaDG) in booth 1019 from Dec. 6 – 7.

Federal, state and local government, along with private sector organizations, are increasingly adopting fiber optic networks because of the significant advantages they offer over other paths of communication. For example, fiber optics allows highly-secure, digital data transmission over longer distances and at higher data rates with no signal degradation. The new AutoPatch EpicaDG was designed specifically for large audio/video (A/V) installations, such as Command and Control or Network Operations Centers, needing to distribute highly-sensitive, mission-critical information over fiber.

“A very large federal agency first approached us about a need they had for incredibly-secure, lightning-fast, no fail signal switching. After determining a significant market need for such a product, we developed the underlying digital technology behind the EpicaDG, which we believe is unique to our industry,” said Robert Noble, AMX chief technology officer. “The EpicaDG is the only switcher providing common signal transport and conversion for all major video signal standards. This new product family will break all the rules of matrix switching, because it eliminates the need for individual signal paths for each video format – now it‘s anything in, anything out.”

The EpicaDG converts digital and analog high-resolution video inputs out to multiple video formats simultaneously. Digital Visual Interface (DVI) and Fiber Input/Output (I/O) boards are available today, while analog video, Standard Definition Serial Digital Interface (SD-SDI), and High Definition Serial Digital Interface (HD-SDI) are scheduled for release in Q1 2007. All the boards will be available in custom configurations from as small as 16×16, all the way up to 144×144.

The EpicaDG offers remote front panel control, along with an RS-232 port for communicating with an AMX or other manufacturers‘ control system. Additional features of the EpicaDG include advanced system self-diagnostics, redundant power supplies, groupings, and presets.

AMX offers a full line of compatible fiber transmission modules to complete the installation package.

About AMX
AMX is a worldwide leader in advanced control and automation technology for commercial and residential markets. The company‘s hardware and software products simplify the way people interact with technology. This includes making it easier for system integrators to sell, program and install AMX products – ranging from touch panels, keypads and handheld remotes to customizable resource management tools – as well as making the overall AMX end-user experience intuitive and simple. Leveraging the power of automation technology, AMX is making the world a little less complicated. AMX was founded in 1982 and is a subsidiary of Duchossois Industries, Inc. For more information about the company, visit www.amx.com.

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