Brea, CA – November 2009… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Modular AV Solutions™, is pleased to announce the introduction of the first offering in the company’s all-new Neutron Series controller line: the CP500-110 Mini-Controller. Designed expressly for extending the capabilities of the company’s highly regarded MultiTouch line of touch panels, the Neutron CP500-110 Mini-Controlleris ideal for use in a wide variety of installations, including boardrooms, presentation spaces, lecture halls, residential control systems, and operations centers.
Providing multi-point device control from a compact Ethernet-based unit, the new Altinex Neutron CP500-110 Mini-Controller re-defines value. This unassuming shelf mount unit supports multiple Altinex MultiTouch touch panels and provides control of up to two RS-232 devices, two IR (infrared) devices, two Relay-based devices, and two Sensor inputs—making it the ideal solution for controlling projectors and LCD/Plasma display panels, lighting, motorized equipment such as drapes or drop-down screens, and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems.
The Altinex Neutron CP500-110 Mini-Controller offers a 12V DC power terminal block, an RJ-45 Ethernet port and four 5-pin terminal blocks—one each for the Sensor inputs, the two Relay-based devices, the two RS-232 devices, and IR control. The Neutron Mini-Controller is designed to work with a wide variety of sensors, including motion sensors, IR detectors, and RF detectors. The two Sensor inputs accept sensor output voltages up to 24 VDC and each sensor input has an independent trigger level setting that can be used to determine if a sensor has been “tripped” or “activated” based on movement, occupancy, etc.—depending on the sensor type.
The Neutron Mini-Controller’s two relays can be used to control external devices such as a projector screen. Similarly, these relays can also be used to route power to low power DC devices. The Neutron Mini-Controller’s two bi-directional RS-232 COM ports are able to communicate with virtually any serial device such as computers and control systems. Each port can be individually set with different baud rates, parity, stop bits, and data bits—enabling a control application to operate different devices from a single remote location through the TCP connection via Ethernet. Two LED indicators on the rear of the controller show Ethernet activity and verify that the RS-232 has been wired properly.
Supporting three distinct methods for IP control, the Neutron CP500-110 Mini-Controller’s IR capabilities are extensive. Using an IR receiver such as the Altinex AC301-103, an AV system can be created that enables a user to aim a remote control at a wall mount or other receiver and then automatically redirect the remote control's signal to the IR emitters connected to the two output pins of the controller. Alternately, a computer, controller, or other device can send IR command strings from the Altinex IR library directly to the Neutron Mini-Controller using an Altinex MultiTouch panel. Further, IR commands can be stored in the Neutron's internal memory for the purpose of controlling external devices.
Phil Hale, Altinex Vice President of Sales and Marketing, commented on the company’s new Neutron CP500-110 Mini-Controller. “The CP500-110 Mini-Controller takes our company’s already powerful MultiTouch panels and makes them even more capable by facilitating control over more devices—and this includes remote operation utilizing the existing architecture of an Ethernet network. With its ability to control a wide range of display devices, lighting controls, motorized shades, drapes, and screens, plus HVAC systems, this controller delivers proven Altinex systems integration technology at a highly competitive price point—enabling integrators to create sophisticated AV systems at lower cost, which in turn, enables the end user to achieve greater return on investment. I’m confident our customers will find much to like.”
The new Altinex Neutron PR CP500-110 Mini-Controller is expected to be available December, 2009.
Founded in 1993, Altinex, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of Modular AV Solutions™. The company offers a comprehensive line of matrix switchers, connectivity products, and color touch panel and control products. Altinex is an ISO 9001:2008 certified corporation that conducts all R&D, design, manufacturing, marketing, and sales from its corporate headquarters in Brea, California, USA. For additional information, visit the company online at www.altinex.com or contact them directly at 1.800.ALTINEX or 714.990.2300.