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Podcast: Fiber Optic Association’s Jim Hayes

In this edition of the SVC Podcast, SVC Contributing Editor Bennett Liles talks with Jim Hayes of the Fiber Optic Association about the types of training offered by the FOA, the latest developments in fiber optics, optical LANs, and fiber to the home (FTTH). He expands on what types of fiber-related courses he would like to see made available at InfoComm and other trade shows. Listen to the podcast>>

GREAT SHOW!

infocomm-14-new.jpgWHAT A GREAT WEEK, but it’s finally over and the numbers are in, making this year’s show the second largest InfoComm event ever held, with 32,002 AV professionals attending from more than 90 countries. With 925 exhibitors filling the halls of the Las Vegas convention center, we were nearly overwhelmed by the sheer number of cool products and technologies—way more than we can cover in the space of this blog, so check back to the SVC website and in the new products, news, and technology showcase sections of our print editions for more InfoComm coverage in upcoming issues.

Meanwhile, InfoComm 2011 returns to sunny Orlando, Florida, next year from June 11 to 17, 2011. Mark your calendars now!

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS ONE!

Switchcraft SC900There’s a lot of amazing stuff here at InfoComm, but sometimes what really impresses me are the simple things based on clever ideas that are designed to make your life easier. One great example of this is the new SC900 Direct box from Switchcraft. Yes, I realize there’s not usually much excitement about a passive direct box (even if it features a pad switch and a Jensen transformer). But the magic here comes from a brilliantly simple (and patent-pending) feature that automatically activates the unit’s ground lift switch when 48 volt phantom power is applied, effectively creating a remote controllable ground lift. There’s also a manual switch for selecting (or defeating) ground lift. Check it out at booth C6836. Awesome!—George Petersen

COUNTDOWN TO INFOCOMM

infocomm10-logo.jpgINFOCOMM ROLLS INTO LAS VEGAS this week and it’s definitely THE place to be for anyone serious about audio and video systems, and digital signage/display technologies. The one thing constant about technology is that it’s always in a state of change and InfoComm is an ideal forum for keeping up new standards and the state of the art.

infocomm09_floor.jpgFounded just a year ago—and celebrating its first birthday at InfoComm—the AVnu Alliance has been advancing pro-quality audio/video by promoting IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking link-layers. AVnu promotes the benefits of AVB technologies and will create compliance test procedures and processes that insure AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices, with the goal of better A/V experiences for end users. For anyone involved in the installation/manufacturing/sales/distribution/operation of A/V products, AVnu is a good thing. more…

ARCHIVE: Christie Introduces Spyder X20 Video Processor At INFOCOMM 2009 In Orlando, Florida

X20The new Christie Spyder X20 video processor debuts June 17th-19th at Infocomm 2009 booth # 3845 (Orange County Convention Center, Orlando). Available in two models, the Spyder X20 will bring to market the flexibility of a universal routing switcher and the versatility of a powerful video processor for mid-size applications that have multi-windowing, multiple displays and processing requirements. The Spyder X20 includes the matrix switching and integrated source monitoring functionality of the Christie Vista URS. It also includes all of the existing features of the Vista Spyder, such as high-end presentation capabilities and an intuitive and easy-to-use interface that appeals to experienced and new customers. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 09 news from The Briefing Room

Wireworks Highlights Renowned AV2000 Multimedia Cabling System at InfoComm 09

Wireworks AV2000 at InfoComm 09Press release

Wireworks, a leading innovator of audio/video cabling systems and custom panels, is highlighting its renowned and completely adaptable AV2000 MultiMedia Cabling System at this year’s InfoComm show (Booth 5221). AV2000 now offers users additional cabling elements such as Cat-6, high-speed data, and HD/SDI, high definition video and serial digital interface. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 09 news from The Briefing Room

Neutrik Weathers the Elements with Heavy-duty XX-HD Series at InfoComm 09

neutrik-xx-hd_female.JPGPress release

Neutrik introduces its XX-HD series, a heavy-duty XLR cable connector designed specifically for outdoor use, at InfoComm 09 (Booth 6561). A hybrid metal/rubber design, the new XX-HD Series is both dust and water protected, meeting the requirements of an IP67 rating, by mating it with the related XX-HD cable connector or Neutrik’s MPR-HD chassis connector. Read on at The Briefing Room

More InfoComm 09 news from The Briefing Room

Communications Specialties Hits the Ground Running

Communications Specialties 3620TX at InfoComm 09The crowd had barely made the floor this morning when interested parties began surrounding the Communications Specialities booth for a glimpse of its new 3620TX and 3621RX units for carrying composite video and stereo sound on fiber. The audio is DIP-switch configurable and the power connects on a captive screw connector. The tiny units are indicative of the shrinking size on this type of hardware from all the manufacturers. The 3620TX and 3621RX can send the signals on single-mode or multimode fiber.

Kramer Electronics Spotlights New Gear

Kramer‘s Max Kopsho is a dead ringer for Rod Serling, but Kramer’s new gear is definitely not stuck in the Twilight Zone. Several new units have taken the spotlight at the show this morning including the 670T/670R fiber-optic transmitter/receivers for HDMI fiber optic audio and video conveyance. Joining them are the 871T/871R pair for DVI video over fiber. The competition is this field is fierce and Kramer certainly hasn’t backed away from it. It’s also unveiling the 873T/873R pair for carrying four separate video channels in 3G HD-SDI over fiber. Products such as this have generated quite a bit of interest on the show floor already and Max is in the middle of a big crowd right now with these tiny units.

Audinate Teams with Yamaha

Aidan Williams and his crew have their own booth at this year’s show, and they expect big thing to be coming up soon for Dante, their audio networking protocol. Yamaha will be marketing mixers with a new Dante card than enables 16 audio channels on one Cat-5 cable, and the price is surprisingly low… very entry level cost. Bosch has included Dante networking, and the list of Audinate partners continues to grow. July’s Networked AV Podcast will feature a conversation with CTO Aidan Williams discussing how Dante works and what’s coming up for their Austrailian company.

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The editors of Sound & Video Contractor post live from InfoComm as the news happens. Check back several times a day for the latest industry news, reports from press conferences, and product introductions.

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