Cheetah 144NE (144×144)

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DESCRIPTION: Cheetah 144NE (144×144)
PESA’s Cheetah 144NE Fiber Router System is a high performance, modular fiber optic switch system for either ProAV or Broadcast HD-SDI and 3G-SDI applications. Cheetah 144NE Fiber is expandable in sizes from 36X36 up to 144X144 in the same 4RU frame. It is fully compatible with the new Vidblox Series of fiber media extenders for DVI, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI. The frame supports redundant power, control, and a hot-swappable 144X144 Crosspoint matrix. I/O cards allow easy expansion in groups of 36 inputs or 36 outputs per card which simplifies future expansion without the need to replace cards or frames. The frame system is based on the field proven Cheetah line of routers and maintains the same high reliability always found in the PESA brand. The system’s integrated Matrix Frame Controller monitors the health of the unit and automatically recognizes any new I/O cards.

Your rack space may be limited but that’s no reason to not think big.
Taking advantage of a small 4RU footprint, the Cheetah 144NE Fiber Router can be configured as a partially loaded frame allowing for easy future field expansion. Start out with a 36×36 system and build up to a full 144×144 without changing the frame or internal hardware.

Reduce system bottlenecks with integrated easySFP modules.
The Cheetah 144NE frame is a modular design featuring eight input card slots and eight output card slots (I/O). Each I/O card includes small form-factor pluggable (SFP) cages supporting up to 36 signals on each card. Once the cards are installed, systems can be configured with a variety of optional SFP modules supporting fiber optic connections, mini-HD BNC connections, NSTC/PAL to SDI, or SDI to NTSC/PAL.  The easySFP fiber modules are based on 1310nm singlemode lasers but can be used in multimode applications with reduced performance specifications. Singlemode fiber allows signal transports up to 10Km while multimode is limited to approximately 600m with 50/125 cables.  In mixed cabling designs where fiber and coax are needed, then mini-HD BNC modules can be inserted in place of the fiber modules. Each mini-HD BNC easySFP allows two port per modules supporting SD-SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI.  The I/O card flexibility keeps pace with maintaining legacy hardware alongside the latest digital technology with the easySFP NTSC/PAL to SDI modules. For instance, one input card could be configured to support Fiber, BNC, and NTSC/PAL in any combination of 36 channels.

Ensuring 24/7 uptime means having systems with redundant, easily replaceable components.
The Cheetah 144NE Fiber Router relies on PESA’s proven high-performance PERC2000 or PERC3000 System Controllers. For specialized control requirements the frame can be controlled via many third-party control systems such as HRS, Crestron® or AMX® controllers.

PESA is the first to provide visionary quality for DVI/VGA over fiber using HD-SDI and 3G-SDI transports.
Combine the Cheetah 144NE with Vidblox extenders to get a full 144×144 DVI or VGA matrix switcher. Vidblox units let A/V professionals easily and economically scan convert, extend, scale, distribute and transport computer-based content to or from SMPTE compliant broadcast serial digital devices over long distance fiber or coax connections. Vidblox can solve a number of integrator A/V challenges with a single inexpensive, easy-to-use device. Both the transmitter (TX) and receiver (RX) can support fiber and coax in the same box making them a very cost effective solution when multiple signals need to be distributed from one device. High end scan converters and audio embedders typically add considerable cost to any system integration design when multiple units are required.  Until now, you have been forced to purchase different devices to perform multi-task requirements. PESA’s Viblox products solve this challenge with a full set of features normally found in high end products – but at a much lower cost point-per-device. Vidblox provides high-end features, unmatched quality, and simplicity of setup necessary for any system integrator, broadcaster, or live even operator


  • 144×144 in 4RU
  • Matrix Card Granularity – 144×144
  • Supports ITU-R and SMPTE ST 259, ST 292, ST 372 and ST 424 standards
  • Scale each input card in groups of 36 ports (fiber or coax available)
  • Scale each output card in groups of 36 ports (fiber or coax available)
  • Optional easySFP modules for NTSC/PAL to SD-SDI conversion
  • Optional easySFP modules for SD-SDI to NTSC/PAL conversion
  • Optional easySFP modules for HDMI output conversion
  • Optional Vidblox extenders allow DVI/VGA/RGB/RGBHV to SDI conversion
  • Front-loading, hot-swappable matrix, power, control for 24/7 operations
  • Redundant power, control, matrix cards available
  • Control options: RS-232, SNMP, or 10/100 Network.
  • Controllers: PESA2000 or PERC3000 (3rd party control supported)
  • Wide range of rack mount or desktop control panels
  • Sync reference ports for NTSC/PAL or Tri-level
  • Low power consumption

Flexible I/O connections – The Cheetah router includes a range of I/O cards that can support any broadcast standard including ASI, SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and 4K in either optical or copper formats. In addition, Cheetah can support fiber CWDM inputs and outputs with up to 16 HD-SDI channels over a single fiber cable.

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Comprehensive Control Software– Cattrax™ is PESA’s Windows® based system control software application that allows any PC on a facility network to become a full-featured controller and status monitor for all PESA processing products in the facility. In addition to its controller and monitoring features, the Cattrax “Virtual Design” capability allows designers and installation engineers to design an entire system without having the actual hardware, thus making installation much quicker and easier.

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Programmable Control Panels

Smart32PESA’s Smart 32 is a pushbutton remote control panel for PESA  routing installations featuring 32 programmable, multi-color LCD pushbutton switches, a status monitor display screen and full Ethernet network connectivity.The panel provides up to 16 pages of key configurations for a total panel capacity of 512 programmable pushbuttons, each of which may be configured for virtually any data key or control key function.

PESA’s Touch 72 is a pushbutton remote control panel for PESA routing installations featuring 72 programmable, multi-color LCD pushbutton switches, a full color touch screen display and full Ethernet network connectivity. The panel provides up to 16 pages of key configurations for a total panel capacity of 1152 programmable pushbuttons, each of which may be configured for virtually any data key or control key function.
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