• Overview
  • Configuration
  • I/O boards
25G Hybrid Signal Management introduces a completely new concept to the AV industry. Innovative engineering and design has resulted in a unique new technology that allows managing, switching and extending digital and analog video, audio, Ethernet and control in a new and inventive way. Designed to deliver exceptionally high resolution image quality and 24/7 reliability, 25G Hybrid technology sets a new standard in the professional AV industry.

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Incredible speed

Incredible speed of 25 Gigabits per second - no video router ever built can carry 25 Gigabit per second per port.


Advanced audio options

Advanced audio functions make this technology unique.The 25G Hybrid routers has 3 different audio layers: Embedded Audio, Forward Audio and Return audio.


Various control options

Various control signals are also handled by the 25G Hybrid routers such as RS-232, Ethernet, KVM and IR.







Multilayer Switching

Lightware has re-invented the term ’matrix switch’. We don’t only handle inputs and outputs, we have added a third dimension, the Media layers which provides the flexibility and freedom of independent signal switching per Media layer. Inside a 25G Hybrid router there are as many Media layers as signal types. This means that there are as many individual routers as signal formats being incorporated. The advanced audio functions make this technology even more unique. The 25G Hybrid routers has 3 different audio layers: Embedded Audio, Forward Audio and Return audio.

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User Management

User Management allows the system administrator to control the rights of the users: Any number of users can be created and assigned with different rights. Combined with the Room Management the system administrator or users (based on the settings of the User Management) can create, edit and manage virtual rooms from the matrix topology. For an example if we have two 80x80 virtual rooms (room A and B) created of the 160x160 25G matrix the users assigned to room A can be set with reduced or no rights for room B.

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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.


reliability4 The components used in this technology are industrial grade and typically designed for the telecom industry. All printed circuit boards are gold plated in order to achieve reliable and stable hardware performance. This technique results in better soldering and contact performance and eliminates corrosion problems caused by salt and humidity in naval military environments.


reliability2  The 25G matrix routers are designed for 24/7 operations and optional redundant CPU and Power supplies can be also added for further reliability.
reliability1 All boards that contain active electronic components are hot swappable. The front load design makes it easy to replace failed components. All fans and Power supplies can also be replaced in a simple movement. reliability3 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 the redundant power supplies N+1 and N+2 redundancies can be reached.


GU interface

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, User & Room Management, maintenance, troubleshooting and every other tool is available on the front panel display.

The control interface for these routers has been designed to accomplish 3 main principles:

Simplicity. Crosspoint switching has never been easier. By pressing the buttons on the touchscreen interface you can perform multiple switches. The colors and icons are very informative with meaningful details. Seamless control. Straightforward control interface for all of the inputs and outputs on all 8 layers.
Exceptional diagnostics. Maintain the strong diagnostic features already provided by previous Lightware architectures, such as Advanced EDID Management, Input signal analysis and the Frame Detector.


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The 25G Hybrid routers have three main components. To configure the best 25G solution for a particular application you need to choose a frame, need to find out what Media layers you will use for your application and then populate the ready frame with the input and output boards. The main point of this structure is that you only need to pay for what you need and won’t have extra unused functions. To find the best configuration is very important so our sales and support teams are happy to help you.



The first step is to choose the right frame. The biggest 25G frame handles 160 input and 160 output ports, this frame can be ordered with the same functionality but less ports as well like 120x120, 160x80, 80x160. Currently the smaller 25G frame has 80 inputs and 80 outputs. CPU and power redundancy are available for the 25G matrices for a high level of security: it’s possible to add a second redundant CPU and more redundant power supply as well. An additional monitoring board is also available for special applications that requires real time monitoring of any input or output signal.

  • 25 Gbit/sec per port video signal speed
  • Multilayer signal management
  • 160x160, 120x120, 80x160, 160x80 video crosspoint versions 
  • Intuitive GUI interface for easy handling of all functions
  • Room and User Management 
  • Front panel touch screen 
  • Redundant power supplies – 24/7 secure operation 
  • Hybrid Modular technology


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Media layers

The second step of the configuration is to find out which layers the application requires. The video layer with the embedded audio is always included in the frame by default. If your application requires more layers you can choose from the seven options. Choosing the layers mean you need to decide what type of signals you want to get handled by the 25G router.

video layer

Video layer with embedded audio

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ethernet layer

Ethernet layer

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CEC layer

Consumer Electronics layer

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forward audio layer

Forward audio layer

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USB KVM layer

USB KVM layer

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RS232 layer

RS-232 & RS-422 control layer

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audio layer

Return audio layer

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IR layer

IR layer

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Input and output boards

After we selected the frame and we picked the layers the third step is to populate the matrix with the Input and Output boards. The following 25G boards are already available for order and the number of them is also continuously growing with new developments. Some of the MX series boards are available for the 25G matrices too.

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On input cards: this feature is a S/PDIF audio input on an RCA connector. The incoming signal can be embedded into the HDMI stream or sent to the forward audio layer. Output cards: this is a S/PDIF audio output on an RCA connector. The output signal can be the de-embedded audio from the 25G Video layer or the Forward audio layer as well. The HDMI input / output board’s audio options are hardware configurable by jumpers on the board. 



Bidirectional configurable S/PDIF signal on RCA connector. The audio signal can be de-embedded from the HDMI signals and sent out on the S/PDIF ports or the S/PDIF connectors can work as analog audio inputs, in this case the audio input signal can be embedded (or replaced) to the HDMI signal on the output board.



Bidirectional configurable analog audio on Phoenix connectors. The audio signal can be de-embedded from the HDMI signals and sent out on the phoenix ports or the phoenix connectors can work as analog audio inputs, in this case the audio input signal can be embedded to (or replace) the HDMI signal on the output board.



Delivers a flexible audio embedding and de-embedding function, digital to analog and analog to digital conversion features. It supports all standard audio formats operating with two RCA audio connectors per port which can be configured by control software as analog stereo in OR analog stereo out OR digital S/PDIF in and out connectors. Every port has a built-in mini audio crosspoint switch to handle all input and output channels such as: the Forward audio layer, 25G Video layer (Embedded audio), Return audio layer and the HDMI embedded audio, the HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) and the add-on’s audio input/output. Any smart combination can be set and managed by the control software, no hardware configuration is needed.


K1- Supports USB keyboard, mouse and Smart Card connectivity. It handles two USB 2.0 (or 1.1) HID devices with a USB-B connector per port containing integrated USB HUBs.

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