Ross Video's Carbonite Ultra available worldwide

Ross Video's Carbonite Ultra available worldwide
Published: 30 January 2019 - 5:59 a.m.
By: Pranav Vadehra

Ross Video is pleased to announce that following a limited manufacturing run for specific customers and partners last month, the new Carbonite Ultra production switcher is now in full production and available to customers worldwide.

Carbonite has consistently been the world’s most popular mid-size production switcher family since its launch. The new Carbonite Ultra, introduced at IBC 2018, uses the latest FPGA technology and distills the best elements of the Carbonite series into a single, next generation platform that is more powerful, more compact and more affordable than ever before.

Within an entirely-new 1RU chassis, Carbonite Ultra provides 24-inputs, 14-outputs and an improved version of the flexible Carbonite feature set – at a remarkable starting price of only $10,900 (USD). Built on Ross Video’s software-defined production philosophy, Carbonite Ultra is an incredibly versatile piece of hardware that can easily adapt to a variety of production applications. Carbonite Ultra is configurable with 1-3 MEs, a complete I/O signal-processing toolkit and comprehensive MultiViewer monitoring resources.

“Sometimes we are so close to products that it’s hard to see the scale of what we are achieving,” says Nigel Spratling, VP of Production Switchers and Servers for Ross Video. “But when I step back and look at what our team has accomplished with Carbonite Ultra, it is nothing short of remarkable. The production switcher power in this device is truly amazing, especially at this size and price point.”

Carbonite Ultra ships with V1.0 software, but there is much more to come. Carbonite Ultra’s hardware platform is built with 240% more processing power than the original Carbonite, providing plenty of space for the feature-rich software roadmap ahead. Carbonite Ultra’s next software release will unlock 12G/UHD support for systems with the 2ME license.

“The next software version release is going to make Carbonite Ultra the most powerful 12G/UHD production switcher available for mid-size production environments,” said Nigel. “This is just the beginning, so keep your eyes on Carbonite Ultra in 2019 – this product will remain at the cutting-edge for many years to come.”

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