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AMX Adds 72 Fixed Matrix Switchers to AutoPatch Product Line

LAS VEGAS – June 18, 2008 – AMX® expanded its popular AutoPatch® Matrix Switcher family today with the launch of Octaire™ – a new line of 72 fixed matrix switchers. With configurations ranging from 32 to 64 inputs and outputs, Octaire is engineered specifically to meet the needs of organizations wanting to distribute high-performance analog video throughout large facilities. Over time, the Octaire line will replace the current AutoPatch 8Y series. AMX is displaying the Octaire 64×64 Fixed Matrix Switcher (AVS-OC-6464-567) in booth C2902 at InfoComm 2008, being held June 18 – 20 in Las Vegas.

“Since its launch more than 10 years ago, the 8Y Series has been one of the best-selling products in the AutoPatch line. Given how quickly technology changes and evolves, this speaks volumes about the product’s high-quality engineering and overall innovation,? said Robert Noble, AMX chief technology officer. “Octaire builds upon this legacy of success by providing an even higher level of video performance in a solution that is 38 percent smaller on average, while simultaneously providing new tools that will reduce installation time and configuration.?

The Octaire switching platform is built with proven BNC connectivity for composite, S-Video (Y/c), component, and RGBHV signal styles in 4 rack unit (RU) enclosure combinations. It is an ideal solution for retail environments, network operations/command and control centers, entertainment/sporting venues, correctional facilities and any other environments where BNC-based analog switching is preferred.

Octaire features Detection, Assignment and Configuration (DAC) firmware, which automatically recognizes and configures each enclosure, sequences them, and then generates a united, single matrix switcher solution. This significantly reduces programming time because it eliminates the complex manual set-up processes found in competitive solutions.

The Octaire product line delivers the highest video performance of any switcher available today – averaging 600 MHz, while maintaining a 500 MHz +/- 3dB ultra-flat response certified minimum – while simultaneously reducing rack space by as much as one-third and providing twice the space between connectors for easy connectivity. For example, an Octaire 64×64 RGBHV and stereo audio system comprises only 24 RU, while competitive solutions range from 26 to 36 RU for the same functionality.

Octaire provides dual power feeds and redundant power supplies, which guarantee the highest level of dependability in mission-critical applications where system downtime is unacceptable. It is available in the following configurations: 32×48, 32×64, 48×32, 48×48, 48×64, 64×32, 64×48 and 64×64.

Availability
Octaire Fixed Matrix Switchers will be available in 90 days.

About AMX
AMX hardware and software solutions simplify the way people interact with technology. With the increasing number of technologies and operating platforms at work and home, AMX solves the complexity of managing this technology with reliable, consistent and scalable systems. Our award-winning products span control and automation, switching, distributed audio and video, and technology management. They are implemented worldwide in conference rooms, homes, classrooms, network operation / command centers, hotels, entertainment venues, broadcast facilities, among others.

AMX was founded in 1982 and is a member of the Duchossois Group of Companies. For more information, visit www.amx.com.

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