An intelligent fibre-optic board for Nexus audio networks and mixing console connectivity has been launched at IBC2016. As a special feature, the new generation of Nexus fibre-optic interfaces, or XFOC for short, acts not only as an I/O transfer medium, but also provides integrated routing functionality. Four independent ports are each capable of transporting 512 inputs and outputs via fibre optic to the NEXUS Base Device, StageTec’s standard audio router. In total, this creates a management and routing capacity of more than 2000 signals per fibre-optic board, said Stage Tec.
The new XFOC connects to the XRT router board, introduced in 2014, which processes more than 8000 signals and enables entirely new network architectures. In addition, the board retains backwards compatibility with the previous standard connections. This makes it ideal for integration into existing systems.
“Our product strategy retains value at an extraordinary level for all customers,” commented René Harder, member of StageTec management. “All existing installations can benefit from almost all innovations, such as now with the new XFOC generation. Instead of having to procure a new audio network or mixing console and routing, customers can upgrade their installations with our new modules, keeping them up to date.”