Communications Specialties unveils fiber-optic receivers for 3G/HD/SD-SDI to HDMI, DVI, VGA, and Component Video

JUNE 1, 2010 -- Communications Specialties Inc. (CSI) has announced the latest additions to the Fiberlink Series of SMPTE-compliant 3G/HD/SD-SDI fiber-optic transmission systems. The 355x family of fiber-optic receivers converts 3G/HD/SD-SDI and embedded audio to HDMI with stereo audio, DVI with stereo audio, VGA with stereo audio, or Component Video with stereo audio.

JUNE 1, 2010 -- Communications Specialties Inc. (CSI) has announced the latest additions to the Fiberlink Series of SMPTE-compliant 3G/HD/SD-SDI fiber-optic transmission systems. The 355x family of fiber-optic receivers converts 3G/HD/SD-SDI and embedded audio to HDMI with stereo audio, DVI with stereo audio, VGA with stereo audio, or Component Video with stereo audio.

"This new family of Fiberlink receivers are ideal for all pro a/v applications," says Paul Seiden, director of sales. "Now, integrators and a/v professionals can manage their video and audio signals in a very repeatable and predictable manner using SDI while cost-effectively integrating low-cost, high-definition displays and computer monitors. A digital signage application for example -- you can route and switch your SDI signal to multiple HDMI, DVI, VGA, and Component Video displays and select a different language or audio pair to output at each display."

Members of the 355x series include:

  • The Fiberlink 3353 3G/HD/SD-SDI to HDMI Optical Receiver: The Fiberlink 3353 converts SMPTE-compliant 3G/HD/SD-SDI transmitted over fiber from a Fiberlink 3350, 3360, or 3380 fiber-optic transmitter to HDMI. If audio is present in the SDI data stream, the operator can choose one of up to four pairs of stereo audio to embed into the HDMI baseband signal as well as output on the convenient audio RCA connections. Alternatively, the operator may choose to mute any existing audio.
  • The Fiberlink 3355 3G/HD/SD-SDI to DVI Optical Receiver: The Fiberlink 3355 converts SMPTE-compliant 3G/HD/SD-SDI transmitted over fiber from a Fiberlink 3350, 3360, or 3380 fiber-optic transmitter to DVI. If audio is present in the SDI data stream, the operator can choose one of up to four pairs of stereo audio to output on the convenient audio RCA connections. Alternatively, the operator may choose to mute any existing audio.
  • The Fiberlink 3357 3G/HD/SD-SDI to VGA or Component Video Optical Receiver: The Fiberlink 3357 performs functions similar to the 3353 and 3355, converting SMPTE-compliant 3G/HD/SD-SDI to VGA or Component Video.


Optional features include an equalized and re-clocked SDI loop-through and choice of an ST connector for pro a/v applications or a SMPTE-compliant LC connector.

The Fiberlink 3350 Series receivers are compliant with SMPTE 297-2006 and can operate seamlessly with Fiberlink Matrix and other SMPTE 297-2006 fiber-optic compliant devices. They are also designed to be immune to pathological signals over the entire budget link and operating temperature range, and be compatible with both singlemode and multimode fiber types.

Available in a small footprint box, the receivers can be used for digital signage, corporate environments, rental and staging, stadiums and theaters, airport or transportation hubs, distance learning, surgical and medical imaging, broadcast or corporate studios, and OB vans, among other applications.

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