Snell Revamps Vega Router, Adds Port Flexibility

Snell will unveil a new 4-RU version of its Vega router at NAB, allowing users to configure any signal port independently for fiber or coax (copper) connectivity, and enabling any port to be configured as either an input or output.

“As an essential component of a flexible and reliable broadcast infrastructure, Vega offers broadcast and playout operations an unprecedented degree of routing versatility, and enables them to deliver the highest quality of SD and HD content,” says Kim Francis, senior product manager at Snell. “By introducing this new 192-port, 4-RU model, we’re making this exceptional system an appealing option for an even broader range of applications and facilities.”

The fully asymmetric I/O port designation of the Vega routing platform enables users to configure the router with just one input and 191 outputs, 191 inputs and one output, or any combination in between.

The density of the Vega platform allows operators to pack dozens more signal ports into 4-RU than could fit into a conventional routing system. Each pair of ports consists of a receptacle cage that accepts a very small plug-in module supporting either fiber (LC-type small form-factor pluggable, or SFP) or copper coaxial (HD BNC and/or DIN 1.0/2.3) connectivity. Because Vega’s ports can be configured simply and quickly, broadcasters and media companies can choose the appropriate connection medium on the fly. Convenient support for fiber connectivity without the need for external converters makes it easy and affordable to maintain high data rates over long-distance links.


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