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Ross Unveils Ultrix Acuity – Greater Than the Sum of the Parts
Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Ross Unveils Ultrix Acuity – Greater Than the Sum of the Parts

Ottawa, Canada, February 23rd 2021 – The live production industry has made Ross Video's flagship Acuity switcher its preferred choice, with major networks, broadcasters, and sports venues around the world placing Acuity at the heart of their workflows. The innovative Ultrix routing and AV processing platform has also rapidly become a star performer in the industry, thanks to the amazing functionality and versatility that is packed into its modest chassis. Building on the innovative thinking that created these two award-winning solutions, Ross is now pleased to announce their Hyper Converged Production Platform – the Ultrix Acuity.

The Ultrix Acuity platform hyper converges the powerful functionality of these two solutions to create a complete, future-proof solution that is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Ultrix Acuity takes routing, audio mixing, MultiViewers, trays of frame syncs and audio embedders/de-embedders – all solutions that have traditionally filled multiple equipment racks – and compresses them all down to a single 5RU chassis. Ultrix Acuity is therefore ideal for environments where size really matters, such as OB vans and mobile units. Add 2RU of rack-mounted redundant power and the result is a complete system in 7RU that can outperform packages requiring multiple racks, complex cabling and control system integrations.

As with the current Ultrix solution, Ultrix Acuity is based on our Software Defined Production philosophy, ensuring that futureproofing is never a concern. The Software Defined Production Engine – SDPE – from Ross removes the need for costly 'forklift' upgrades by providing base hardware that can grow via convenient and relatively inexpensive software licenses. Ultrix Acuity's SDPE backbone will therefore reduce the uncertainty around meeting future creative or technical requirements.

The flexible architecture of Ultrix Acuity means that format and connectivity challenges simply disappear. Transition from HD to UHD with a simple software license. Mix SDI and IP sources in the same frame transparently. Use sophisticated tie-line management tools to incorporate the system into a larger distributed routing fabric. In short, as your needs and requirements change, so the unrivalled flexibility of Ultrix Acuity can easily keep pace. Ultrix Acuity also provides excellent return on investment – expensive power, cooling, maintenance, and support costs are significantly lower. In addition, Ultrix Acuity can become one node of a larger distributed routing environment, reducing the incremental cost of adding I/O and further production switchers.

Commenting on the new platform, Nigel Spratling, VP of Production Switchers, points to an ongoing emphasis on workflow efficiency. “Our customers have been focused on increasing efficiencies, reducing costs and embracing new signal transport and management schemes. By bringing together an entire suite of necessary production solutions, we're providing an answer to this need and delivering a compelling new platform that works for 2021 and beyond.”

For more information on the new Ultrix Acuity, please visit https://www.rossvideo.com/products-services/acquisition-production/production-switchers/ultrix-acuity-production-switcher/

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