With more than an eye on next year's Beijing Olympics, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has invested in a QuStream Cheetah high definition digital video routing system for its Sports Division, based in Geneva, writes Adrian Pennington.
"The system chosen consists of a Cheetah CX primary chassis with 256 x 256 crosspoints plus a secondary chassis into which we can transfer up to 128 x 128 crosspoints in whatever configuration is required for specific outside broadcast or mobile recording activity," explained Javier Polo, head of technical operations, EBU Sports.
"It is fully compatible with our existing QuStream PESA SD router and control panel and gives us the facilities we need to route in high definition, standard resolution and mixed hybrid mode. The new router was tested at the Pan American Games in Rio and the World Cup Rugby in Paris. It is easy to use and fully transparent in operation. The dual-chassis arrangement we ordered gives us all the routing facilities we require to cover major on-location events such as the impending Beijing Olympics."
QuStream's Cheetah CX series enables up to 256 x 256 to be housed in 18RU. The 448CX Flexi-Frame supports 256 x 448, 32 x 384, and 512 x 256 in 27RU. Rounding out the series is the 512CX offering 512 x 512 or 1024 x 256 in 41RU. Most CX Series frames accept QuStream's full range of output options including output monitoring.
CX Series flexi-frames are designed for use in mobile trucks where compactness and the router's non-square architecture allows the best advantage for cost-efficiency and space-savings. QuStream's Cheetah range of routers also includes the XR, WE, XE and NE series which match a variety of scales and applications.