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Comtrol RocketPort® EXPRESS SMPTE Cards Deliver Broadcast Industry Device Connections Via PCI Express Expansion Bus

MINNEAPOLIS — July 9, 2008…

Comtrol Corporation, an expert in device connectivity solutions, announces the release of the RocketPort® EXPRESS 8-Port SMPTE PCI Express serial card for the broadcast industry. RocketPort EXPRESS SMPTE

smpte - Comtrol RocketPort® EXPRESS SMPTE Cards Deliver Broadcast Industry Device Connections Via PCI Express Expansion Bus

The RocketPort EXPRESS SMPTE product delivers eight ports of additional in-server serial expansion for broadcast industry applications connecting devices using the SMPTE cabling standard. This new SMPTE addition to the RocketPort EXPRESS family can accommodate up to 32 ports per system using four cards, features a half-height design for use in low-profile PCs and supports the PCI Express expansion bus for compatibility with the latest PC architecture.

“The release of this product is going to provide our broadcast customers with the ability to migrate to updated computer systems with the PCI Express bus slot and still use our SMPTE cable for industry standard connections,” said Rob Iten, director of distribution sales at Comtrol.

“We are excited about the RocketPort EXPRESS 8-Port SMPTE, designed specifically for the broadcast industry’s SMPTE requirement,” said Doug Cleary, broadcast and medical sales representative at Comtrol. “This new product will allow users to plan ahead and make a seamless transfer to the new servers that are getting smaller and migrating to PCI Express expansion slots from the older PCI technology.”

RocketPort EXPRESS 8-Port SMPTE Product Highlights:

  • PCI Express serial x1, x2, x4, x8, x12 or x16 lane connectivity
  • Fits low-profile or standard height systems
  • DTE/DCE selectable on each port
  • 207M SMPTE RS-422 ports
  • High performance serial communication using Comtrol’s Unity ASIC chip
  • Serial communications speeds up to 921Kbps per port
  • Microsoft certified drivers for Windows® Vista, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems
  • RoHS Compliant

About Comtrol

Comtrol is a worldwide leader in device connectivity, industrial Ethernet gateways, and intelligent embedded data communications for a wide range of industrial and hospitality applications. Comtrol products include RocketPort in-server multiport cards and modems and DeviceMaster Ethernet device servers, sold through more than 50 regional, national, and international distributors and thousands of resellers and integrators worldwide. For more information, contact: Comtrol Corporation 6655 Wedgwood Road, Suite 120, Maple Grove, MN 55311-3610. +1.800.926.6876 (1.800.GO ROCKET); E-mail: [email protected]; Web: