A 'no compromise' solution for even the most demanding of applications
Sirius 800 is a family of multi-format, expandable, Advanced Hybrid routers that truly stand out from the crowd.
With a flexible architecture incorporating 4 frame options from 288 x 288 to 1152 x 1152, it's packed full of features and, unlike other routers, you won't need to compromise.
Get Sirius with AHP
Every single channel is handled, processed and controlled independently.
This not only saves space, power and money by integrating functionality into the router, but also provides complete format and timing independence across every input and output - complete flexibility.
Now incorporating frame synchronization, AHP allows potentially every single input into the Sirius 800 to have it's own synchronizer.
Freedom - to route what you want to route
Our non-restrictive I/O modules allow complete flexibility when configuring your signals into and out of the router. So if the requirements of your facility are not yet fully specified, or something changes, it doesn't matter - decide later.
- Any input can accept any format
- Any output can be any format
- User specification of Fiber or Coax I/O
- 4k routing capability
Don't forget the audio - we haven't
Our independent and redundant audio crosspoint allows customers to dedicate a proportion of the routers capacity to discrete AES or MADI audio routing and the routing of embedded audio from the video paths. The routing of audio channels is completely flexible - any audio channel coming into the router (discrete or embedded), can be routed to any audio channel leaving the router, either as a discrete audio channel or an embedded audio channel in a video stream.
It's all about control
The inevitable complexity of large routing systems and the coordination of thousands of channels of media, requires a sophisticated control structure. Our highly regarded router control systems provide just that - taking the complexity of the underlying system away from the operators and leaving them with an intuitive and simple interface, reducing the likelihood of operator error and simplifying operator intervention in critical situations.
Whilst we believe that our router control systems are of the very highest quality and would highly recommend using them to control your routing systems, we also recognise that there may be circumstances where it's not possible, or preferable to utilise our control systems. Our routers have therefore been engineered for and tested against many third party control systems and SNMP.
Intelligent system integrity
As one of the most critical components of a broadcast system, the integrity and reliability of a router is paramount. Our routers are designed both for optimal reliability in the first instance and for redundancy in the event of a failure.
- Intelligent signal path monitoring with auto changeover
- Protection against multiple crosspoint failure
- Hot pluggable sub-systems - allowing 'Live' replacements, upgrades and expansion
Router Customer Support
In order to optimize the operation of your router system, maintain the product in optimum working order and, in the case of any unforeseen problems, provide prompt and skilled technical support, Snell’s customer services are there to help and support you.
No choices, No compromises - Have it all
The Advanced Hybrid Processing (AHP) architecture of the Sirius 800 family of routers, allows processing on all inputs and all outputs, inside the router. It also allows for totally unlimited de-embedding and routing capacity - no limitations on timing, synchronization or number of audio channels. This is all possible because Sirius was designed around the principle of hybrid processing rather than adding this functionality retrospectively to existing routing architectures.
Unique Catsii Technology
The innovative Catsii facility offers immediate and simple indication of router input and output status by illuminating the BNC connectors on the rear panels to show if a signal is valid, and the type of signal connected. This is still visible even with cables connected, allowing quick diagnosis of system faults.
In addition, Catsii can quickly identify the location of a specific input or output connector by illuminating the BNC indicators as a crosspoint.
Comprehensive status reporting and diagnostics
Knowing the current status of a large and complex system at any given time can be challenging. The intuitive touchscreen interface on the front of Sirius 800 routers enables quick and easy access to a comprehensive range of status and diagnostics information, such as PSU and fan status, reference standards and much more. The frame configuration can also be seen at a glance, showing card presence and status.
Snell control and monitoring also allows remote access to the status and diagnostic information and via a rules engine, allows automatic re-routing of signals - a truly self healing routing system.
Economical and Expandable, Efficient and Environmental
With so much processing handled inside the router, there is no need for the external equipment that would have been required, saving initial cost, rack space and power. The flexibility of every input and output also means that no I/O is wasted looping signals back into the router, or to and from external processing equipment. This means smaller, lower cost hybrid routing solutions can be used, tailored to the application. As and when greater routing capacity is required, additional modules can be added taking capacity right up to 1152 x 1152 - and this can be done 'live'.
Sirius 800 routers incorporate thermostatic fan speed control ensuring that the system is adequately cooled, and adjusts the fan speed to reduce noise and save power. In addition, crosspoints are powered down wherever possible to further reduce power consumption.
Several router manufacturers offer hybrid (mixed video and audio) routers.
Why does Sirius 800 with AHP (Advanced Hybrid Processing) stand out from the crowd?
What is a Hybrid Router?
A hybrid router combines the video and audio routing in a single frame. This avoids the traditional approach using separate video and audio routers with external de-embedding and embedding. Hybrid routing saves space, cost, power and cabling.
A truly flexible hybrid router needs the following features:
- Allow any combination of video and audio cards
- Routing of any audio input (embedded, AES or MADI) to any audio output
- Allow routing of all embedded audio channels in all video signals
- Allow video formats to be mixed on a card
- No limitation on timing or synchronisation between video channels
- Embedded audio routing capability should not reduce video routing capacity
Sirius 800 offers all of these features -
something that no other router can offer in a single chassis
Typical limitations in other routers are:
- Crosspoints shared between video and audio, reducing capacity
- Limitation on the number of channels de-embedded per video signal
- Fixed format per input card – cannot mix SD and HD on the same card (an input cannot be dual standard)
- Timing must be within specified limits – asynchronous signals are not allowed
- No audio track swapping on the input and/or output card. Using the main crosspoint for this, significantly reduces the main router capacity
Sirius 800 with Advanced Hybrid Processing
Sirius 800 goes beyond a standard Hybrid router. In addition to embedding and de-embedding, Advanced Hybrid Processing (AHP) on every input and output gives the user the ability to:
- Swap embedded tracks within a video signal
- Adjust audio gain
- Invert the audio
- Mix audio channels
- Delay audio channels
- Frame or Line Synchronise video channels
This allows a user to
- Adjust incorrect signal levels
- Put signals into a standard format
- Adjust for Dolby E decoding or satellite delays
- Create a stereo to mono, or surround sound to stereo downmix
- Synchronise incoming lines to local references, for clean switching
Other routers have some of this capability but none offer all of these features, leading to compromises and in some cases severe limitations.
Why choose, when with Sirius 800, you can have it all?
As with all Snell products, the Sirius 800 range of routers has been designed and engineered to the highest standards.
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