Clear-Com's Eclipse Digital Matrix.Alameda, CA (April 23, 2008)--Clear-Com Communication Systems has launched Version 5.0 of its Eclipse Digital Matrix intercom system. Acting as a central switching unit for communications across a broadcast operation, Eclipse Digital Matrix Version 5.0 links Clear-Com's V-Series Panels and CellCom wireless beltpacks and headsets for universal access to communication in the studio or out in the field.
Clear-Com reportedly brings increased connectivity and expandability to Version 5.0 through E1/T1 telecom connection, fiber linking with intelligent switchover and now AES Digital Connectivity to V-Series panels for flexibility in OB truck applications.
Working in concert with an E-FIB card, fiber linking between Eclipse intercom matrixes of the Median and Omega classes enables large, multi-venue productions to tie their intercom systems together. Multiple Eclipse systems may then act as one non-blocking Matrix using redundant high-capacity fiber, resulting in a large, full-duplex communications system for mobile production and studio integration.
"Having been in the industry for 40 years, Clear-Com understands the communication needs of broadcasters in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment," says Matt Danilowicz, managing director. "As unforeseen events occur, the intercom system needs to be accessible, dependable and flexible to support the production workflow. With Version 5.0, we are advancing our technology to broaden communication access whether in a broadcast studio or across multiple broadcast stations."
The system is also outfitted with features that place control at the users' fingertips. Configurable and intuitive V-Series user panels, including the new V-Series Desktop, can be added or removed in the field as production needs change. An AES-6-RJ interface card allows the user to control remote V-Series Panels through AES3 stereo digital audio routers and consoles where the Eclipse intercom is required to talk over audio feeds, as typically occurs in OB vans and studio environments.