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Flexible kicks on Route66

BroaMan launched three new versions of its Route66 router at IBC2016. The new 2RU design is a result of customer feedback and the multiple projects already delivered, said BroaMan. Going forward, the Route66 platform will provide single channel, non-blocking 40 x 40 router ports in three versions — all with directly accessible fibre SFP (Small Form Factor Pluggable) or SDI.

Additionally each new Route66 features fibre ports which can be used to access built-in CWDM or DWDM multiplexers. The first version of Route66 will offer fibre only, with 40 hot-swappable bi-directional SFPs; Version 2 will have 32 SFPs and 16 x SDI (8-In and 8-Out); Version 3 will have 24 SFPs and 32 SDI (16-In and 16-Out).

The new Route66 provides protocol-independent routing and transport, supporting all professional standards such as 3G, SDI, HD, 3G-SDI, ASI and MADI. The built-in redundant power supplies offer low power consumption of 10-40W. The new models are designed with a very efficient passive cooling system, which replaces noisy fans.

BroaMan MD, Tine Helmle (pictured with Marc Brunke) cited the different combinations of SDI, SFP and CWDM multiplexers as a real advantage: “In addition every SFP port is bi-directional (both input and output) for maximum channel count — unlike many competitive models, which have switchable I/O, thereby losing valuable ports.”