80x80 crosspoint 25G Hybrid matrix frame

The 25G frames can transmit video signals up to 4K resolution, support all 3D formats, handle forward audio, transmit USB‑KVM, Ethernet, bi‑directional RS‑232/RS‑422, IR and CEC signals. The intuitive graphical user interface offers easy and user‑friendly control accessing all available features. Advanced EDID Management is included in the frame which is also HDCP compliant.


  • Multilayer signal management – signal switching in 3 dimensions
  • Independent switching of audio, video and controls
  • USB KVM extension
  • Built-in 160 port 100 Mbit Ethernet switch with one gigabit uplink
  • Dual redundant CPU processor boards for fail-s afe operation
  • Hot-s wappable components
  • RS-232 bi-directional transmission and control
  • IR and CEC transmission
  • Intuitive GUI interface
  • Room Management
  • Front panel touch screen
  • Advanced error handling and logging with time code
  • TCP/IP Ethernet control (multiple connections)
  • Advanced EDID Management
  • HDCP compliant
  • Combine non-HDCP and HDCP capable I/O boards in the same frame
  • Redundant power supplies – 24/7 secure operation
  • Supports former LW protocols
  • Barco Encore and Vista (Christie) Spyder compatible
  • Hybrid Modular technology

The 25G-FR80x80 frame handles 80 input and 80 output ports and manages the signals on 8 different layers: the signals are switched in 3 dimensions. 25G Hybrid Routers can transmit video signals up to 4K resolution, support all 3D formats, handle forward and return audio, transmit USB-KVM, Ethernet, bi-directional RS-232, IR and CEC signals. The intuitive graphic user interface makes controlling the matrix very easy and allows access to all functionality. Lightware’s proprietary Advanced EDID Management is included in the frame, which is also HDCP compliant.

Each board which contains electronic components are hot swappable which makes changes of the configuration quick and easy and this also contributes to 24/7 operation without delays. Redundant power supplies and CPU board are also available for this frame for fail safe operation in mission critical applications. The 25G CPU stores the settings of all boards and send backups for the second CPU. If the first CPU fails, the second takes over automatically with the same settings. With redundant power supplies N+1 and N+2 redundancies are avalable.

Graphical User Interface

25G Hybrid matrices have a built-in JAVA-based graphical user interface which eases system control, setup, maintenance and troubleshooting. It is accessible via LAN, RS-232 and the front panel touch screen. 25G Hybrid matrices have a built-in front panel touch screen capable of showing the 25G control software with full control options. Unit information, crosspoint setup and switching, EDID Management, Room Management, maintenance, troubleshooting and every other tool is available on the front panel display.

Room Management

As the maximal crosspoint area in the 25G Hybrid routers is a large switching plane, we have introduced ’Room Management’. A room could be a conference room, meeting room or network operation center (NOC) – in essence, whatever you want it to be. All these rooms can be programmed with their own sources and destinations, but also can share some resources if required. If, for example, you want to prohibit an operator in one room from accidentally making switches in another, the maximal crosspoint area can be divided in smaller virtual matrices called ’rooms’.
Third party controllers will see only the crosspoints assigned to them. In this example a remote control device located in the Conference room controls the 24x32 matrix area, while the touch panel system in the Meeting room has access to a 32x32 matrix area. These controllers do not know anything about the rest of the system. However, as you can see, the two mentioned matrices overlap meaning both controllers also share common resources.

Media layers
Video compatibility: DisplayPort 1.1, HDMI 1.4 with 3D, Single & Dual-Link DVI, 3G-SDI
Audio: 3 layers – embedded, forward and return audio channels
Audio compatibility: S/PDIF 7.1, 5.1 Dolby Digital, DTS Audio, HDMI 1.4 embedded audio (with ARC), stereo and multichannel PCM
Ethernet: 100 Mbit/port (total 160) with 1 Gigabit uplink
USB KVM: USB HID crosspoint and extension
RS-232 & IR: Control for all devices through the matrix
CEC: According to the HDMI standard

Ethernet: Redundant control (one for each CPU)
Ethernet control: Ethernet 10Base-T or 100Base-TX (Auto-negotiation)
RS-232: Redundant control (one for each CPU)
RS-232 Baud rate: Selectable baud rate (9600, 38400, 57600, 115200) (default:57600)
Room Management: Unlimited rooms
3rd party control: Vista Spyder and Barco Encore compatible

Connectors (frame)
Ethernet control: 2 x RJ45 (1-1 per CPU)
RS-232 control: 2 x 9 pole D-sub (1-1 per CPU)
Ethernet layer: 2 x RJ45 - 1 Gigabit uplink for Ethernet
SMPTE 269M Alarm output: 1 x BNC
Power: 4 x IEC-320 C-20

Redundance & Reliability
CPU: Dual redundant
Hot swappable: Each I/O board / CPU / fan tray / PSU / etc.
Power supplies: Maximum 3 PSUs
PSU redundancy: Up to N+2
MTBF: 30.000 hours

Video crosspoint size: 80 x 80
Power: 100 - 240 V AC
Power consumption: 200 W (typ) - without I/O boards
Power consumption: 1500 W (typ - depends on current configuration) - with I/O boards
Enclosure dimensions: 446(482) W x 640 D x 1288,5 H mm
High in rack units: 29U
Temperature: 0°C to +50°C operational, -40°C to +70°C storage
Humidity: 10 to 90% non-condensing
EMI/EMC compliance: Yes, EN 55022 Class B
RoHS compliance: Yes

Format compatibility of the separate audio layers

Audio Format Embedded Audio  Forward Audio  Return Audio
 LPCM (up to 8 channels)  ✔  ✔ (up to 2 channels)  ✔ (up to 2 channels)
 Dolby Digital (AC-3, up to 5.1 channels)  ✔  ✔  ✔
 MPEG1 (Layer 1 and Layer 2)  ✔    
 MPEG1 Layer 3  ✔    
 MPEG2  ✔    
 AAC  ✔    
 DTS (up to 5.1)  ✔  ✔  ✔
 DTS ES (5.2 or 6.1 channels)  ✔  ✔  ✔
 Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding (ATRAC)  ✔    
 One Bit Audio  ✔    
 Dolby Digital Plus (Enhanced AC-3, up to 7.1 channels)  ✔  ✔ (up to 5.1 channels)  ✔ (up to 5.1 channels)
 Dolby Digital EX (5.2 channels)  ✔  ✔  ✔
 Dolby Digital Surround EX (5.2 channels)  ✔  ✔  ✔
 DTS-HD (up to 7.1 channels)*  ✔    
 Dolby Digital TrueHD (MAT, MLP, up to 8 channels)  ✔    
 Direct Stream Transport (DST)  ✔    
 WMA Pro  ✔    

CAD Language File format Size Date  
CAD - 25G-FR80x80 English zip 0.58 MB 2017-09-05 Download
CE Language File format Size Date  
25G Hybrid Frame Series CE Declaration English pdf 0.04 MB 2017-09-22 Download
Product brief Language File format Size Date  
Product brief - 25G-FR80x80 English pdf 0.67 MB 2017-09-05 Download
User Manual Language File format Size Date  
25G Hybrid Frames User Manual English pdf 9.95 MB 2017-09-22 Download