MultiDyne to bring new fibre transport solutions

12Gb/s models increase bandwidth, simplify infrastructures and enhance connection flexibility
Frank Jachetta
Frank Jachetta


MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions will showcase its new 12Gb/s models at the upcoming 2017 NAB Show.

New SilverBack-12G models add 12Gb/s support to the popular SilverBack family of camera-mounted transceivers, while FiberSaver-12G optical remapper/multiplexers enable as many as 36 signals of up to 12Gb/s each to be transported over just two fibres.

4K production equipment has most commonly featured quad-link connectivity, comprising four separate 3Gb/s signals for each 4K feed. Increasing adoption of 12G-SDI interfaces enables 4K video to be transported over a single connection, simplifying infrastructures, reducing cabling requirements and speeding equipment setup and strike.

The addition of 12G support to MultiDyne’s fibre solutions delivers these benefits, while giving users denser signal capacity, greater connection flexibility and stronger compatibility with the growing array of 12G-enabled cameras and production gear.

“12G is reaching a tipping point,” said Frank Jachetta, President, MultiDyne. “Many people have embraced it, but it’s not yet ubiquitous. Our new 12G capabilities augment our existing capabilities, enabling our customers to take advantage of the new benefits with 12Gb/s equipment, but ensuring compatibility with any existing quad-link 4K or HD gear they’re using today.”

SilverBack-12G brings flexibility to the SilverBack line of camera-mounted fibre solutions. Providing a full-bandwidth fibre optic link between any camera and a production truck or control room, SilverBack-12G puts all of the signals needed for multi-camera production – including 12Gb/s, 3Gb/s or 1.5Gb/s video, audio, intercom, camera control, tally, data and more – onto a single tactical or SMPTE hybrid fibre cable for robust connectivity even across long distances.

The new SilverBack-12G series incorporates all features of the previous SilverBack models, including operator-friendly ergonomics and full-sized BNC connectors for easy interfacing. The new 12Gb/s support will also be available as an optional upgrade for existing SilverBack units, protecting and enhancing users’ investments.

“By combining SilverBack’s existing capabilities with 12Gb/s support, SilverBack-12G provides exceptional versatility, particularly in dynamic environments where users may work with a wide range of equipment,” said Jachetta.

“If you’re using a 12G camera one day and a quad-link camera the next, or even duel 6G, no problem – just plug them in. And we’re thrilled to offer 12G as an upgrade option for our existing SilverBack users, as we’re always striving to ensure our customers get maximum long-term value from our products.”

MultiDyne will also demonstrate the now-shipping FiberSaver-12G series, bringing 12Gb/s support to the FiberSaver product line. First previewed at IBC 2016, the 1RU FiberSaver-12G rackmount model accepts up to 36 optical signals for transport over two fibres, while five-inch-square portable models offer six or 12 channels.

In addition to 12Gb/s signals, FiberSaver-12G units are also compatible with 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s inputs for maximum flexibility. Able to transport any optical, digital signal regardless of content or format, FiberSaver-12G can put up to 18 signals on each fibre without the need to manage wavelengths, letting mobile truck operators and facility managers easily scale video and audio capacity without the cost and effort of deploying additional fibre cabling.

MultiDyne will exhibit at booth C5109.

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