• Overview
  • Frames
  • I/O Boards

The MX Series matrix backplanes operate at a data rate of 12.8 Gbps, allowing transportation of HDMI, 4K UHD, HDMI 3D and DisplayPort video signals. All input boards convert the respective input signals to uncompressed HDMI (including embedded audio). Output boards convert the HDMI format to their respective output type.

4K UHD & 3D Formats Support

Lightware supports the highest 4K UHD, 2560x1600 and 1920x1080@120Hz resolutions, standard HDMI 3D formats and all HDMI resolutions.

No Signal Latency

Lightware matrix routers and standalone extenders do not add frame or line period delay to the signal.

Cross Compatibility

Cross-compatibility is ensured among all devices in the Lightware product families. Extender pairs work together in point to point standalone applications and can also be connected to a matrix router. This integrated solution simplifies installation and helps reducing system costs as well.


HDCP Compatibility

All MX frames, relevant I/O boards and devices are compatible with HDCP encrypted sources and displays. Installing a complex AV system with mixed, HDCP and non-HDCP components is easy and simple as with our non-blocking architecture HDCP and non-HDCP boards are now compatible within the same chassis.


A red screen alert is shown when protected content is switched to a non-compliant display. Lightware Visual Engineering is a legal HDCP adopter and has developed several functions that help to solve HDCP related problems: HDCP key counter, HDCP key caching and HDCP enabling/disabling function.

Instantaneous Switching

Instantaneous switching is performed when a key press or a switch command is sent over any control port. Lightware routers and switchers do not add delay to the switch function and multiple switches can be executed at the same time instantaneously. Switching sources results in a glitch-free image-change as in seamless switchers. Even non-locked source signals are switched instantaneously allowing displays to resynchronize as fast as their internal circuitry allows. This re-synchronization time may take between 50 milliseconds and 2 seconds depending on the display or projector type.

Frame Detector and Input Signal Analysis

Uniquely available in Lightware matrices, this function determines the exact video format sent by the source and helps to identify several potential issues. The signal analyser displays detailed information of an incoming video and audio signal such as timing, frequencies, scan mode, HDCP encryption, colour range, colour space and audio sample rate. In the Frame Detector window the parameters are displayed on an intuitive graphical interface. This function is now available via CPU2 on all input boards.

Modular Matrix Frames

The MX series matrix routers are high performance modular expandable DVI and HDMI compliant switchers available in five different frame sizes from 9x9 to 80x80, allowing building of custom I/O sized matrices. Built-in sophisticated software and hardware features make these routers the most flexible integrated solution for professional AV applications and high-end home theatre use alike.

Modular matrix frames

Cross-Platform Signal Routing

Fiber, TPS, TP, DVI, HDMI, analog VGA, SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, S/PDIF and analog stereo audio signals are handled in the same frame without routing limitations.


Advanced Control Options
MX frames feature advanced control options to ease system control, setup, maintenance and troubleshooting. A rugged Ethercon connector provides reliable connection to the LAN allowing multiple TCP/IP and WEB controls simultaneously. An RS-232 connector serves 3rd party control systems. The touch-panel controls allow for system customization and offer simplicity in system control and operation. The front panel has a mini USB connector for easy access in rack applications. The freely available Lightware Device Controller software supports quick matrix configuration and easy EDID setup with the built-in Advanced EDID Editor.

Advanced EDID Management

This proprietary Lightware technology stores more than 100 user EDID files has a large set of factory preloaded file versions including all standard DVI resolutions. HDMI EDID with various audio channels and codecs are also supported, plus analog VESA, non-standard VGA EDID formats and Dual-Link DVI resolutions including the latest 4K projector’s requirements. With the supplied Lightware Device Controller software including Advanced EDID Editor users can create their own EDID file, and upload it to any Lightware product, or modify existing EDID data read from any projector or monitor. It supports .bin, .dat and .edid file formats, allowing system engineers to generate EDID files for 3rd party AV products.


Pixel Accurate Reclocking

The world’s first DVI matrix switcher (MX8x8DVI-Pro) was created by Lightware in 2006 and it already included this proprietary technology: Pixel Accurate Reclocking provides exceptional signal regeneration capability: the signals are cleared from noise, skew and jitter caused by long cable runs, EMC incompatible devices and poor quality twisted pair cables/equipment. Automatic skew compensation eliminates intra-pair and inter-pair skew caused by imperfect wire twists and lengths in DVI, HDMI and CAT cables. Pixel Accurate Reclocking decodes the pixel information from the video content and drives them over the dual PLL circuitry. The regenerated pixel information is re-encoded as a DVI or HDMI signal ensuring that the output is stable with sharp digital transitions and accurate timings.

HDMI Signal BEFORE Pixel Accurate Reclocking HDMI Signal AFTER Pixel Accurate Reclocking

Reliability & Redundancy

At Lightware we build our reputation and pay special attention on designing, developing and making truly reliable products. The MX-FR33R, MX-FR65R and MX-FR80R frames have hot-swappable N+1 redundant power supplies. These frames were designed for mission critical operations where redundancy is key and high reliability is required. If one of the supplies fail unexpectedly, the remaining PSU units continue to function keeping the AV system seamlessly in operation. Our power supplies are all rated to 1,000,000 hours MTBF and loaded to a maximum of 60%. PSU units accept all international AC line voltages from 100 to 240 Volts with 50 to 60 Hz frequency on a standard IEC connector.


The various input and output boards of the Lightware MX modular matrix switchers can be mixed in the same frame without limitation. The MX architecture allows routing signals between boards even if they have different - DVI, HDMI, fiber optical, or CATx twisted pair – interfaces. A wide range of compatible Lightware extender devices is available to link with the installed input and output boards.


modular matrix boards

RS-232 Over Fiber and TPS

This control option allows for remote control of the endpoint devices (e.g. sources and displays) through a single fiber or twisted pair cable. The central control system can send and receive commands directly to and from the far endpoint devices with RS-232 control capability. The control commands are delivered via the same fiber or CATx cable which carries the video and audio signal therefore no extra cabling is required for RS-232 control. The matrix functions as a communication hub. Using only a single physical LAN or RS-232 connection the matrix can communicate with all the endpoint devices directly connected to far end optical or TPS transmitters and receivers.


Built-in Cable Compensation

The cable extender present at each port in the MX modular extenders can be used in manual or automatic adaptive mode extending the cable length at inputs respective to the signal format. Using a 22AWG high quality DVI or HDMI cable, the inputs are automatically compensated for up to 60 meter cable length at 1080p, WUXGA and 2K computer resolutions at 24bpp. This feature eliminates the need for additional cable extender boxes in the system rack.



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