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Clear-Com® Introduces Eclipse Digital Matrix Version 5.0 Release at NAB 2008


Enhancements Offer Increased Connectivity and Expandability for Broadcasters

Las Vegas, April 14, 2008 – Clear-Com® Communication Systems introduces Version 5.0 of its Eclipse Digital Matrix high-performance intercom system at NAB 2008 (Booth C5908), taking broadcast communication solutions to the next level. 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® digital wireless system for cost-effective and universal access to communication in the studio or out in the field with greater connectivity options.

A leading global provider of professional communication solutions for broadcast, live performance, government and commercial markets, Clear-Com brings increased connectivity and expandability to Version 5.0 through robust 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 conjunction with an E-FIB card, fiber linking between Eclipse intercom matrixes of the Median and Omega classes enables large, even 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, high-quality, 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. Highly 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.

Eclipse Configuration Software (ECS) provides a visual and intuitive user interface, featuring graphical views of the panels. ECS has the ability to apply labels and control functions to each individual panel button. Based on a stand alone or client/server concept, programming is done from a PC through Ethernet LAN connections. Status and diagnostic messages are available, allowing systems to be maintained remotely.

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