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Ultrix Routing System – ROSS Video

Ultrix Routing System - ROSS Video

Ultrix is a compact but incredibly powerful processing platform capable of clean switching video signals from 270 Mb/s to 12 Gb/s, and performing advanced audio processing. The unique design permits users to software license additional capabilities such as integrated multi-viewers, 12 Gb/s signal-switching, and adding frame syncs to inputs . No special hardware is required for any of these capabilities. While these feature sets are typically associated with large and costly systems which cause users to make critical design choices upfront, Ultrix brings such high-end features to all sizes of systems.

Plan Ahead

  • Incrementally add UHD signals as requirements arise with software licensing
  • Integrate or add multi-viewer capability in the same platform with software licensing and no additional hardware
  • Utilize advanced audio processing and clean switching as standard functionality
  • Assign frame syncs to one or multiple inputs with software licensing and no additional hardware
  • Easily expand base I/O as required  due to the modular architecture that the frame provides

Mix It Up

  • Route 270 Mb/s, 1.5 Gb/s, 3 Gb/s, and 12 Gb/s video signals in the same system
  • Use a combination of single link and multi-link interfaces for UHD
  • Choose from embedded or discrete audio (Analog, AES, or MADI) to fit a range of requirements
  • Connect with various video interfaces such as HDMI, SDI, Analog, IP, and Fiber to maximize flexibility

Know the Score

  • Save rack space with high density, compact one and two rack unit frames
  • Leverage the latest advances in IT technologies such as FPGA’s for exceptional performance and function consolidation
  • Enjoy easy deployment and maintenance with an integrated control system that provides configuration, soft panels, discovery, and interoperability

Ultrix is a state of the art platform that uses a variety of great technologies to provide users with a flexible, fast, and intuitive router that improves workflows, save costs, and provides the satisfaction that comes with a reliable system designed with the future in mind.

Ultrix Primary Capabilities
High performance platform brings you advanced signal routing features and functions to smaller and lower cost systems.

  • Modular frame with a base system starting at 16×16 with 2 Aux I/O can be easily expanded
  • Format flexibility permits SD, HD and 3G video signals to be used seamlessly in the same system
  • Any system can be updated incrementally to add 12 Gb/s signals throughout when there is the need to add UHD capabilities with no change in hardware and using only software licensing
  • The same 12 GB/s licensing also provides the ability to simultaneously interface with both the emerging 4k60 single link and quad link UHD signals with no need for convertors or extra components which greatly simplifies designs
  • High input/output signal density in compact frames saves rack space and reduces costs
  • System design is fully ready for IP/Baseband hybrid facilities

Inclusion of leading signal processing capabilities reduces your system cost and complexity.

  • The platform offers more than mere audio signal routing but extends to being able to offer a complete audio fabric for advanced audio processing
  • The audio capabilities also enables embedded and de-embedding of audio signals giving the system additional value by not requiring costly conversion hardware
  • Completely clean video switching is a standard feature that scales to offer as many outputs as needed, and is the first 12G implementation in the industry
  • The software enabled assignable input frame sync capability is applicable to every input in the chassis through a license for single or multiple inputs. This feature assures consistent timing for sources in the frame, guarantees audio processing on all inputs and that signals fall within timing window for clean switch applications

Well integrated system control meets the complex demands of your engineering staff while making it simple, powerful, and intuitive for users to work with.

  • System creation tools with fast and flexible control GUI’s makes the platform easy to deploy and simple to support
  • Intelligent and industry standard third party interfacing makes integration into a variety of environments uncomplicated

Ultrix provides maximum performance and quality with standard configurations supporting data rates up to 3 Gb/s. However, users can purchase the Ultrispeed software licenses that enables 12 Gb/s performance throughout every signal path within the router. When combined with the inherent capabilities within the frame, the Ultrispeed license also enables routing of the emerging single link UHD 60Hz standard alongside current Quad link 4k signals, and seamlessly switch these signals back and forth to each other.

Ultriscape is one of the many industry firsts with Ultrix. Ultriscape is the first software enabled multiviewer. No special output boards, crosspoints, or multichannel connection cables are needed. Simply enable the desired number of outputs to drive the monitors required, and route any input to whatever multi-viewer head is chosen. Because the output is based on SFP’s, users have the flexibility to choose the output type they need for each monitor, thus eliminating the hassle of matching traditional multiviewer outputs to the monitors being driven. Low latency, metering, tally, and UMD support via standard protocols make for easy integration into existing facilities.

Ultripower is a 1RU external power supply designed exclusively for the Ultrix processing platform with two primary applications. The first is as a rack-mountable power supply for an Ultrix chassis. In environments where equipment ruggedness, security, and maximum space savings are critical, Ultripower is a great fit. Rack-mountable, shallow, as well as easy to access and maintain, it is perfect for things like flypacks, OB Production, or equipment rooms where rack space is at a premium. The second application is using Ultripower to power multiple Ultrix chassis from a single system. One Ultripower chassis can provide redundant power for up to (4) 1RU Ultrix frames, or (2) 2RU Ultrix frames.

Ultrimix provides advanced audio integration, including the ability to embed and de-embed audio on all of the inputs and outputs of the router. No special hardware, crosspoints, or I/O boards are required. Users also have complete flexibility to process, swap, sum, mute, or route any discrete or embedded audio input to any output. Ultrimix is perfect for applications where audio is constantly changing, and it can be used as needed which adds to the initial investment in the system.

Great hardware is only as good as the control system running it. Ultricore is a complete control system and application that makes using all the amazing features of the Ultrix platform come to life. It is also backward compatible with legacy Ross NK systems, so Ultrix can be integrated into existing facilities.

Ultrix has been singularly designed to optimize signal integrity performance, while being reliable. It is also designed to lessen the stress of choosing advanced I/O capabilities when making such a significant capital expenditure. Software licensing provides users an easy path forward to add features as they need them, without having to scrap hardware that cannot be used anymore. With Ultrix, users move to advanced workflow requirements at their own pace and growth rate.


Frame Weight (approx)9 lbs (4.08 kg)12lbs (5.44 kg)
I/O Card Weight (approx per board)3 lbs (1.36 kg)3 lbs (1.36 kg)
Video Matrix Size (max)36×3672×72
Default I/O Slots *1
(16×16 HD BNC + 2 AUX I/O Ports)
(16×16 HD BNC + 2 AUX I/O Ports)
Optional I/O Slots *1
(16×16 HD BNC + 2 AUX I/O Ports)
(48×48 HD BNC + 6 AUX I/O Ports)
Audio Licenses (max available)24
Audio I/O per license (per license) *256×256256×256
Audio Matrix Size (with Optional MADI SFPs)768×7681536×1536
MV Head Licenses per Slot33
Maximum MV Heads per System612
UHD Licenses per Slot **11
Maximum UHD Licenses per System24
UHD Gearboxes per License33
Maximum UHD Gearboxes per System612
PSU (default)12
Optional Redundant PSU (additional)12
Fan Module11
Standard InputHD BNC
Signal TypeSDI Formats
270 MB/s
1.5 GB/s
3 GB/s
12 GB/s
Impedance75 Ohm
Max Input Level880 mV
Return LossPer SMPTE 2082-1
EqualizationUHD: 50m
HD & 3G: 200m
SD: 400m
SFP Aux Connectoroptional
Standard OutputHD BNC
Signal TypeSDI Formats
270 MB/s
1.5 GB/s
3 GB/s
12 GB/s
Impedance75 Ohm
Amplitude800mV +/- 10%
Rise & Fall Time270 MB/s: 400-800ps
1.5 & 3GB/s: < 135ps
6 & 12GB/s: <45ps
DC Offseto.oV +/- 0.5V
Overshoot< 10%
Jitter<0.2UI Alignment (up to 3G)
<0.3 UI Alignment (6G & 12G)
<.2UI Timing (up to 270M)
<1UI Timing (1.5G)
<2UI Timing (3G, 6G, & 12G)
Return LossPer SMPTE 2082-1
SEP Aux Connectoroptional
Audio channels per I/O1616

* Optional SFP MADI I/O available to support up to 384×384 per slot.
** Each license enables up to 12Gb/s support on all I/O per slot.

Ultripower Specifications

(not including rack mounting ears)
17.5” (444.5mm)
(chassis only)
8.1” (206mm)
Height1.7” (43.2mm)
Chassis + 1PSU Weight (approx)3.24kg (7.14lb)
1 PSU module only (approx)1.59kg (3.51lb)
Positive Output15VDC @ 300W per output connector
Maximum Total Output1200W
On-board Cooling4 x dynamically controlled fans
Maximum Ambient Temperature Range0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Humidity, non-condensing< 95%


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