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Comtrol Releases 8-Port SMPTE Rackmount Interfaces for Broadcast Applications

MINNEAPOLIS,Minnesota — October 25, 2011Comtrol Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial device connectivity products, today announced the release of the RocketPort 8-Port SMPTE Rackmount Interfaces to its RocketPort SMPTE product line. These interfaces, when paired with a compatible RocketPort SMPTE multi-port serial card, are designed to provide SMPTE 207M serial expansion ports to PC broadcast systems without the clutter and hassle of traditional fan-out cables or multiple interface connectors. They can be stacked or rack-mounted, providing a streamlined installation compatible with 19” rackmount servers supporting either the PCI or PCI Express expansion bus. In addition to easy configuration, the interfaces support installation up to 13 feet away from the host PC for optimum flexibility.

The RocketPort uPCI 8-Port SMPTE Rackmount Interface provides eight ports of serial connectivity when used with the RocketPort uPCI 8-Port SMPTE Card, and the RocketPort EXPRESS 8-Port SMPTE Rackmount Interface provides the same when used with the RocketPort EXPRESS 8-Port SMPTE Card. In association with the launch of the new products, Comtrol is now providing all SMPTE cards, interfaces and cables as separate products to simplify the ordering process and to allow further flexibility for specific installations and product mounting requirements.

“The new rackmount interfaces expand our support for broadcast industry systems and allow users greater flexibility to configure their broadcast systems according to equipment needs,” says David Boldt, Director of Product Management at Comtrol, “As with all of our RocketPort SMPTE products, the new rackmount interfaces allow rapid configuration and deployment of systems utilizing production, post-production or data transmission equipment, such as video routers, servers, tape decks, keyboards, video monitors, and broadcast mixing consoles.”

The new interfaces deliver the same reliable SMPTE 207M DB9 connections as Comtrol’s other RocketPort SMPTE products, but do so by packaging them in a 19” 1U enclosure for installation with popular rackmount servers.  By offering both RocketPort EXPRESS and RocketPort uPCI versions of the interfaces, the products ensure compatibility with newer PCI Express bus servers as well as the large deployment of servers utilizing the older PCI expansion bus.

About Comtrol Corporation

Comtrol Corporation is an expert device connectivity manufacturer and provider of networking products, specializing in industrial Ethernet gateways and intelligent embedded device connectivity products.These products support a wide range of enterprise, industrial, security, power utility, and traffic automation applications. The company’s RocketPort multi‐port serial cards, DeviceMaster Ethernet device servers, and RocketLinx industrial grade Ethernet and Power over Ethernet switch product lines are sold through regional, national, and international distributors and by thousands of resellers and integrators worldwide. For more information, contact Comtrol Corporation at 800‐926‐6876 or visit

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