FOX3 Matrix 160x New

Modular Fiber Optic Matrix Switcher from 8x8 to 160x160
Key Features
  • Coming Soon Integrated IPCP Pro Q xi control processor – IPCP Pro Models
  • Coming Soon LinkLicense for KVM System Configuration and Control package
  • I/O sizes from 8x8 to 160x160
  • Switches 4K/60 video, audio, USB, control, and 3D sync over fiber optic cable
  • Compatible with all Extron FOX3 Series transmitters and receivers
  • Dante® audio network interface, DMP expansion port, and analog audio inputs and outputs
The Extron FOX3 Matrix 160x
Model Version Description Part #
 FOX3 Matrix 160x IPCP Pro FOX3 Matrix 160x Frame IPCP Pro 60-1577-12
 FOX3 Matrix 160x no FPC FOX3 Matrix 160x Frame no FPC 60-1577-02
 FOX3 I/O 88 MM 8x8 I/O Board - Multimode 70-1107-01
 FOX3 I/O 88 SM 8x8 I/O Board - Singlemode 70-1107-02
 FOX3 80x/160x P/S Kit Replacement Power Supply Kit 70-1119-02
 FOX3 160x Fan Kit Replacement Fan Kit 70-1120-04
 LinkLicense KVM Configuration and Control Upgrade, FOX3 160x 79-2587-01
 Remote Commissioning - Fiber Optics Remote Commissioning for Fiber Optic Systems Call
 Onsite Commissioning - Fiber Optics Onsite Commissioning for Fiber Optic Systems Call

The Extron FOX3 Matrix 160x provides high-performance switching of 4K/60 video, audio, USB, control, and 3D sync over fiber optic cable. Expandable from 8x8 up to 160x160, this modular matrix switcher also features RS-232 insertion from the Ethernet port, extending bidirectional control to any FOX3 endpoint. The Ethernet port supports SSH protocol, ensuring communication between the control system and the matrix is encrypted. Dante, DMP Expansion, and analog audio I/O ports enable audio embedding and de-embedding. IPCP Pro models feature an integrated IPCP Pro Q xi control processor with advanced security standards and Gigabit Ethernet ports. Equipped with many integrator-friendly features, the FOX3 Matrix 160x delivers highly reliable, enterprise-wide switching of fiber optic AV, USB, and control for mission-critical environments.

High Performance 4K/60 4:4:4 Video Distribution

Designed with uncompromising quality and proven performance, the FOX3 Matrix 160x works with all FOX3 Series extenders to accept and route 4K/60 4:4:4 video, audio, control, USB, and 3D sync signals, enabling a high-resolution, high bandwidth 4K video distribution system. Uncompressed 4K video at 60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling is transmitted over two fibers, supporting the highest quality video sources and displays for critical applications. Mathematically lossless 4K video at 60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling can be transmitted over one fiber, delivering an efficient 4K/60 video signal matrix solution. With an I/O size scalable from 8 to 160 ports, the FOX3 Matrix 160x is ideal for larger installations in a variety of applications, including government, military, medical, entertainment, education, and any other environments that require reliable and secure distribution of AV signals.

Designed for Full Audio System Integration

The FOX3 Matrix 160x provides leading-edge audio functionalities, including audio switching and breakaway, stereo audio embedding and de-embedding, a DMP expansion port, two Dante® ports, and local analog audio inputs and outputs. The matrix switcher can embed any selected analog input audio signals onto any output, and any two-channel PCM audio signal from a transmitter or analog return audio from a receiver can be extracted and independently routed in the FOX3 matrix switching system.

The DMP expansion port allows the matrix switcher and an Extron ProDSP processor to be linked together via a single shielded CAT 6 cable for a bi-directional 16x16 I/O channel transport between the devices. This allows larger distributed audio applications to be configured with less hardware, offering the full range of powerful, easy-to-configure control tools provided by the ProDSP processor, such as automixing, dynamics, filters, AEC - Acoustic Echo, and VoIP - Voice over Internet Protocol.

In addition, two Dante ports provide scalable audio transport over a local area network using standard Internet protocols. The matrix switcher sends out 32 stereo channels of digital audio and can receive 32 stereo channels over the Dante network, and it supports AES67 audio over IP networks standard. This provides scalability for creating larger audio matrixes over a local area network using standard protocols.

USB Signal Switching and Extension

The FOX3 Matrix 160x is designed to work with FOX3 extenders to provide reliable long-haul transmission of video, audio, control, as well as USB data, eliminating the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, drivers, or USB extenders. Integrated USB signal routing through the matrix switcher enables connection to peripheral devices over the same fiber optic cable as video and audio, making it ideal for KVM - Keyboard, Video, and Mouse applications. This simplifies integration in KVM applications by avoiding IT-specific design criteria that may conflict with the needs of KVM switching in professional AV installations.

Designed for Secure Systems

The FOX3 Matrix 160x uses two methods to ensure sensitive data is properly segregated and protected - Priority Switching and Secure Partitioning. Priority Switching assigns a security level to each input and output. Six security levels are available, with the sixth being the highest level. An output can only be tied to an input at the same security level or lower, preventing unauthorized access to sensitive data. For example, an output at security level five can be tied to inputs that are security level five or lower. However, an output at security level one, the lowest level, can only be tied to inputs that are also security level one. Priority Switching is useful in systems with multiple security classification levels.

Secure Partitioning enables the matrix switcher to be divided into smaller sub-switchers for segregating sources and destinations into partitions. Sources can only be routed to destinations within the same partition. Any attempt to tie an input and output in different partitions is prohibited, returning an error code. Up to 6 partitions are available. Secure Partitioning is useful for separating secure and unclassified data.

Modular Fiber Optic I/O Boards

The FOX3 Matrix 160x is a modular design featuring 20 board slots. Each slot accepts a FOX3 I/O 88 Board having eight ports populated with LC-type fiber optic connectors. Two versions of the board are available. The FOX3 I/O 88 MM Board supports multimode fiber at 850 nm, which is typically used within buildings or facilities with moderate-range transmission distances. The FOX3 I/O 88 SM Board supports singlemode fiber at 1310 nm. Singlemode fiber offers long-range transmission capability over extreme distances. It is used in very large facilities, such as hospitals and stadiums, and for connecting over very long distances between facilities such as university campuses.

The FOX3 Matrix 160x can be configured with all or some of the board slots occupied. The I/O boards are hot-swappable and may be added at any time in the field for easy and quick upgradeability or expansion without interrupting all signal routing by powering down the unit. The FOX3 Matrix 160x also accommodates any combination of singlemode or multimode I/O boards. This can allow, for example, a multimode fiber link input to the matrix switcher from a multimode transmitter, and a singlemode output from the switcher for transmission over extreme distances to a singlemode receiver. Redundant hot-swappable power supplies are available to ensure continuous, uninterrupted power for mission-critical applications.

Flexible I/O Configuration

Each fiber optic port comprises two individual fiber links. In the standard I/O configuration for the FOX3 Matrix 160x, these links are defined as a separate input and a separate output. Therefore, up to 160 single fiber link inputs and 160 single fiber link outputs are possible when configuring and controlling the matrix switcher with the Extron control software.

However, through Ethernet or RS-232 serial control, each fiber optic connection can also be defined as a “linked” input or output, with the two fiber-optic links supporting bidirectional capabilities for a FOX3 Series product. Any group of linked connections, anywhere on the rear panel can function as inputs or outputs, enabling the creation of a custom I/O configuration. For example, a FOX3 Matrix 160x, populated with five I/O boards and 40 available linked connections, may be operated as a 32x8 bidirectional switcher. In the standard I/O configuration, these same five boards would support 40x40 switching with single fiber link inputs and outputs. For added flexibility, the FOX3 Matrix 160x can function with a combination of linked and single fiber link inputs and outputs.

System Control

The FOX3 Matrix 160x offers convenient local and remote system access for configuration, operation, and monitoring through the front panel USB configuration port, rear panel RS-232 serial control port, and Ethernet control port. The FOX3 Matrix 160x also provides the insertion and extraction of RS-232 control data from the Ethernet port to the transmitters and receivers. This allows comprehensive control of endpoint devices without needing additional cabling. The FOX3 Matrix 160x is also compatible with the FPC 6000 Front Panel Controller which provides a convenient user interface to control the matrix switcher from remote locations.

FOX3 Matrix IPCP Pro models include a built-in Extron IPCP Pro Q xi high-performance control processor, which features a dedicated AV LAN port, a standard Ethernet LAN port, and a local USB-C configuration port. The dedicated AV LAN port isolates control of the matrix for added security. It includes advanced security standards and Gigabit Ethernet for compatibility with Extron IPCP Pro control processors and Extron TouchLink® Pro touchpanels using a standard network infrastructure. The standard Ethernet LAN port provides a secure connection to the facility network via a standard RJ-45 connection and is compliant with NIAP/Common criteria as well as JITC network protocols. It will only permit discovery, setup, and firmware updates for Extron devices connected to the AV LAN port. The local USB-C configuration port provides a convenient local connection for configuration.