Barco releases brand-new series of switchers for rental and staging applications

Kortrijk, Belgium, 11 June 2012 – Barco, a global leader in image processing technology, is further expanding its image processing portfolio with a series of digital and multi-format switchers. The brand-new PDS series – which includes three models: PDS-701, PDS-901 and PDS-902 – meets the industry’s requirements for affordable, high-quality and easy-to-use seamless switchers that offer more digital inputs. Next to the PDS series, Barco is also launching a new pre-configured multi-format presentation switcher – the FSN-1004 – which can be controlled from a GUI running on a PC or Mac, simplifying system interconnections, setup and control. Barco’s image processing innovations will be showcased at InfoComm, from 13 to 15 June 2012, in Las Vegas.

Expanded image processing portfolio
“The expansion of our current image processing portfolio reaffirms our strong commitment to the events market and our constant drive to provide customers with the most powerful, dependable and user-friendly image processing technology available today,” says George Koumis, Product Manager at Barco. “With our new PDS digital switchers, we can offer high-class image processing to customers looking for a digital switcher at an affordable price. And thanks to its graphical interface and fixed configuration, our FSN-1004 is a ready-to-use quad-output multi-format presentation switcher with simplified operation.”

Cost-effective digital switchers
The PDS series comes in three models - PDS-701, PDS-901 and PDS-902 - and all models include one 3G/HD/SD SDI and four universal analog inputs. The 701 model features two DVI inputs and the 901/902 models have 4 DVI inputs. The PDS-902 extends the functionality of the switcher by adding a preview output. The analog and DVI inputs support the EDID 1.3 specification. With the PDS, users can capture and store up to three images that can be used as a LOGO source during a presentation. Built-in test patterns are also provided. Thanks to its user-friendly setup and straightforward interface, the PDS is a perfect fit for live events, boardrooms, houses of worship, education and training facilities, and fixed installations.

Pre-configured multi-format presentation switcher
A second new product - the FSN-1004 - is a pre-configured multi-format presentation switcher that can be controlled from an intuitive user interface program running on a PC or Mac, which simplifies system setup, adjustment and control. Users can select up to ten input sources from a wide range of video and computer formats. Each channel operates independently and accepts any analog video computer or video channel on HD-15 connectors, DVI signals on DVI-I connectors, and SD/HD/3G video on BNC connectors. The FSN-1004 also includes four scalable independent outputs that can run different formats and resolutions. Each output is provided in the DVI, Analog, SMPTE 3G/HD/SD, or BarcoLink SDI format and can be vertically genlocked to the system’s internal synchronization or free-run.

ImagePRO-II and ScreenPRO-II updated
In addition to introducing two brand-new products, Barco has also updated two of its current image processing products. From now on, the ImagePRO-II converter is available in two models: standard and dual output. The dual output model comes with a second Athena scaler, allowing users to scale one input to two separate resolutions and thus doubling the switcher’s output capability. Standard ImagePRO-II models can be upgraded in the field with the dual output option card. The ScreenPRO-II video display system has also been updated to support 3G-SDI outputs. Now, the Encore presentation switcher and the ScreenPRO-II and ImagePRO scan converters can all drive 3G-SDI signals to a projector.

Barco at InfoComm
Barco will showcase its brand-new image processing products at InfoComm, from 13 to 15 June 2012, in Las Vegas, USA: booth #C6836.

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with more than 3,500 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.041 billion euro in 2011.

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