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Video Wall Architecture

A video wall, besides being used as a signage display, can also be a powerful control room tool, aggregating, integrating, analyzing and manipulating massive amounts of information from a whole array of sources. In professional applications that require high situational awareness - such as SCADA, emergency dispatch center, transportation, security, oil and energy - a reliable, high performance video wall is really the backbone of the central control room. When equipped with Matrox Mura MPX cards, the Advantech AVS video wall controller is capable of not only handling multiple displays but also of capturing video or graphics streams from a wide range of sources such as PC, NVR, DVR, decoder box, blue ray player, set up box, etc. Once streams are captured, the AVS video wall controller flexibly switches, scales, organizes and displays that content in real time. Powered by Matrox Mura MPX and endowed with industrial reliability, the Advantech AVS video wall controller makes an ideal solution for system integrators or OEMs who need to build high performance video wall systems.

Industrial Reliability: 0 ~ 40 C Operating Temperature Range BIOS Optimized: with Special Resource Allocation for Mura MPX Data Switch Optimized: Video Data Switch with Zero Latency Power Solution Optimized: Power Supply More than Sufficient for Mura MPX Remote Management: Server Can Be Remotely Monitored and Controlled

Origin of Advantech Video Wall Controller


When Advantech Meets Matrox
Advantech, one of the world leaders in industrial computers, not only provides global customers with high-tech and quality embedded system platforms, but also fulfills its customers needs with the value added services of on-demand production, global logistics, and technical support. Matrox, one of the industry leading suppliers of display solution provider, is well known for next generation video wall solutions based on its high performance, high flexibility, and multi-channel video signal I/O Mura MPX series products.Aiming at offering premium solutions for video wall system integrators, Advantech and Matrox will jointly launch a series of video wall controllers by integrating their industrial server and Mura MPX graphic cards with strict and comprehensive compatibility, performance, and reliability verification and fine tuning. Enhanced by Advantech's global service network, the new partnership will offer video wall integrators with unprecedented turnkey solutions and added value.

What Is Advantech Video Wall Controller ?


An Advantech video wall controller is designed for video wall applications. Being strictly validated by the Matrox laboratory, Advantech video wall controller features Mura MPX Series compatibility, and industrial reliability, key characteristics are listed below. Industrial Reliability: System can run stably under 40C temperature. BIOS Optimized: Multiple Mura MPX cards can be recognized by the system and function well. Thermal Optimization: No thermal issue even when multiple Mura MPX are installed in the system. Data Switch Optimized: Video captured can be displayed anywhere on the video wall. Power Solution Optimized: Power supply is sufficient for the system to carry multiple Mura MPX. Remote Management: A remote administrator can monitor and control the system by network connection.

What Is Matrox Mura MPX Series?


The Matrox Mura MPX Series redefines the future of collaborative video walls and wall matrix management. Engineered to deliver unparalleled performance, image quality, and scalability, the Mura MPX Series output/input boards feature highly flexible, universal input channels supporting digital and analog signals, plus capabilities for HD image capture and display of uncompressed data and peer-to-peer data transfer. The Mura MPX Series really is an ideal solution for large-scale, multi-channel video wall applications.

Advantech Video Wall Controller


8-Output Solutions

Powered by Mura MPX

AVS-290-00A1E AVS-240-00A1E

AVS-240-00A1E

Available Now

AVS-290-00A1E

Available Now

Supported Mura Cards: 2 Standard Mura MPX + 1 Mura MPX-V8/V16 Maximum Video Inputs: 8 Analog/Digital + 16 Analog Maximum Video Outputs: 8 Analog/Digital Processor: Intel Xeon 2400 series up to 8 cores/16 threads Memory: DDR3 1333/1600MHz (ECC) UDIMM/RDIMM up to 96GB 5.25 Drive Bays: 3 External (Optional module for 3 removable 3.5 HDD) 3.5 Drive Bays: 1 External (Optional module for 2 removable 2.5 HDD/SSD) Remote Management: IPMI, Advantech Remote Monitoring Utility Form Factor: 4U Rack-mount 500W 80 Plus Single Power Supply Dual GbE LANs

Supported Mura Cards: 2 Standard Mura MPX Maximum Video Inputs: 8 Analog/Digital Maximum Video Outputs: 8 Analog/Digital Processor: Intel Xeon 1200 series up to 4 cores/8 threads Memory: DDR3 1333 MHz (ECC) UDIMM up to 32GB 5.25 Drive Bay: 1 External 3.5 Drive Bays: 2 Removable, 1 Internal Remote Management: IPMI, Advantech Remote Monitoring Utility Form Factor: Wall-mount/Desktop 400W 80 Plus Single Power Supply Quad GbE LANs

Advantech Video Wall Controller


20-Output Solutions

Powered by Mura MPX

AVS-541-00A1E

AVS-540-00A1E

AVS-540-00A1E

Available in Q1 2013

AVS-541-00A1E

Available in Q1 2013

Supported Mura Cards: 5 Standard Mura MPX Maximum Video Inputs: 20 Analog/Digital Maximum Video Outputs: 20 Analog/Digital Processor: Intel Xeon E5 2600 series up to 8 cores/16 threads Memory: DDR3 1333/1600MHz (ECC) UDIMM/RDIMM up to 96GB 5.25 Drive Bay: 2 External (Optional module for 3 removable 3.5 HDD) 3.5 Drive Bay: 1 External (Optional module for 2 removable 2.5 HDD/SSD), 1 Internal Remote Management: IPMI, Advantech Remote Monitoring Utility Form Factor: 4U Rack-mount 700W 80 Plus Single Power Supply Dual GbE LANs

Supported Mura Cards: 5 Standard Mura MPX + 11 Mura MPX-V8/V16 Maximum Video Inputs: 20 Analog/Digital + 176 Analog Maximum Video Outputs: 20 Analog/Digital Processor: Intel Xeon E3-1200V2 series up to 4 cores/8 threads Memory: DDR3 1333 MHz (ECC) UDIMM up to 16GB 5.25 Drive Bay: 3 External (Optional module for 3 removable 3.5 HDD) 3.5 Drive Bay: 1 External (Optional module for 2 removable 2.5 HDD/SSD), 1 Internal Remote Management: iAMT, Advantech Remote Monitoring Utility Form Factor: 4U Rack-mount 810W Front Accessible 3+1 Redundant Power Supply Dual GbE LANs

Note: This product is still under development, its specification is not fully settled down.

Matrox Mura MPX Series


Video Wall Controller Boards

Powered by Mura MPX

Features
PCI-Express x16 Gen 2 Full-Duplex bandwidth Full HD DVI, Digital, VGA, and video capture - including HDCP Hardware genlock across cards for beautiful, synchronized multiscreen output Edge-overlap (for edge-blending projectors) and Bezel management
Output Resolution Model
Mura MPX-4/0 Mura MPX-4/2 Mura MPX-4/4 Mura MPX-SDI Mura MPX-V8 Mura MPX-V16

Supports hardware-based scaling Alpha-blending of captured video Picture-in-picture and multi-source overlap and switching Supports a large stretched desktop and can run local applications
Input Resolution SL-DVI
1920X1200 1920X1200 -

Part Number
96VG-2G-PE-MA 96VG-2G-PE-MA1 96VG-2G-PE-MA2 96VG-1G-PE-MA 96VG-128M-PE-MA 96VG-256M-PE-MA

Output
4 4 4 2 0 0

Input
0 2 4 2 8 16

SL-DVI
2048X1152 2048X1152 2048X1152 2048X1152 -

RGB (VGA)
2048X1536 2048X1536 2048X1536 2048X1536 -

RGB (VGA)
2048X1536 2048X1536 -

Component (VPbPr)
1080i 1080i -

S-Video/Composit
NTSC/PAL/SECAM NTSC/PAL/SECAM NTSC/PAL/SECAM NTSC/PAL/SECAM

SDI
1920X1080 -

Software
A variety of software options exist that allow you to manage and take full control of a Matrox Mura MPX enabled video wall. Select the option that best suits your needs. Crestron Certified Integrated Partner Module
Download Free TCP/IP Integrated Partner Module for Crestron Processors and Control Interfaces. http://www.matrox.com/crestron_mura_module Matrox is a Crestron Certied Integrated Partner.

3rd-party User and OEM Software

Gives you the option to control Mura with different software features and ergonomics to more closely match your needs.

Matrox User and OEM Software

Matrox MuraControl for Windows and Apple iPad tablets for users and OEMs.

Matrox TCP/IP and RS-232 Command-based API

Makes creating customized GUIs or embedding video wall control into your own existing applications extremely quick and easy.

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Primary Media Contact: Advantech Co., Ltd./Product Marketing Ginger Chin Tel: +886-2-2792-7818#1310 ginger.chin@advantech.com.tw

Advantech and Matrox Partner To Offer Premium Video Wall Solutions


Nov 15, 2012, Taipei Advantech (2395.TW), a global embedded computing leader providing embedded platform solutions across multiple vertical markets, today announced that it is partnering with Matrox Graphics Inc., the worlds leading innovator in graphics and video solutions, to launch premium video wall solutions designed for and validated with Matroxs Mura MPX video wall controller boards. The solutions include Matrox validated industrial serverboards, chassis, and Advantech Video Wall Controllers the AVS series pre-configured systems designed for 8-output and 20-output video walls, and will aim to enable OEMs and system integrators to create video wall solutions for various markets such as control rooms for factory automation, transportation, surveillance, digital signage, video conference. The development of video wall technology has changed basic lifestyles: digital signage, stage broadcasting, surveillance, factory automation, and transportation are all active behind the scenes. Thanks to computer, network, and display technology advances, video wall performance continues to improve while total cost of ownership goes down, making video walls the fastest-growing area in the IT and digital electronics industries. Advantech is aware of this transformation and is collaborating with ecosystem partners to develop premium video wall solutions to fulfill the market demand, says Franz Wei, Vice President of Advantech Embedded Systems Group. Advantech has developed a series of industrial serverboards, chassis and pre-configured systems (AVS series products) supporting two to five Mura MPX cards. For instance, the AVS-540 pre-configured system or ASMB-822 serverbaord with five PCIe x16 slots can support five Mura MPX cards, allowing for a maximum of twenty video source inputs and display outputs corresponding to twenty monitors. To further illustrate this with a practical factory control-room scenario, eight of the inputs could be connected to surveillance system NVR machines or directly to CCTV cameras that monitor the working fields or important

Press Release
For Immediate Release
equipment; ten connected to operator workstations running production management, process management, access control software programs; and the other two connected to the servers running various SCADA software. All information can be immediately displayed on the video wall. Through this cooperation between Advantech and Matrox, video wall system integrators can buy Matrox-validated Advantech serverboards, chassis, or AVS series preconfigured systems that have been compatibility and performance tested with Mura MPX cards in Matrox hardware and software quality assurance labs as well as strained in thermal and longevity tests to meet the exacting requirements of customers in this market, says Samuel A. Recine, Matrox Graphics Director of Sales - Americas & Asia Pacific.
The Mura MPX series, featuring Gen 2.0 PCI Express x16 connection interface, provides up to a maximum of four inputs and four outputs on a single card that can capture a variety of input sources then scale, rotate, position and display them across the video wall canvas in real-time. Video source feeds may include live videos from surveillance cameras, satellite signal receivers, high resolution HDCP-encrypted content from Bluray Disc players, software operating screens of PCs, servers, pads, etc. Users can configure the video display wall with great flexibility, opening one or multiple sessions on each display or spanning a single spreadsheet across several monitorsdepending on the focus requirements of any given situation. The advancement of video wall technology is changing the industrial landscape and the way we see and react to the world. In some critical applications, such as electric utility monitoring and military command and control rooms, system reliability and stability can be a matter of life and death, demanding the reliable and safe operation of powerful Matrox Mura MPX cards running with the most reliable Advantech premium video wall solutions. Advantech, with decades of experience in developing computing platforms for applications in various industrial sectors, sees the importance of the video wall mission and is proud to offer its best support.

Key Features Optimized BIOS supports multiple Mura MPX cards Data bus architecture optimized for zero-latency video data switching Wide operating temperature range provides high reliability in the field High efficiency power solution meets multiple Mura MPX power requirements Video wall can be remotely monitored and controlled

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Advantech premium video wall solutions include a series of industrial serverboards, chassis and pre-configured systems - AVS-290, AVS-240, AVS-540, and AVS-541. For more information, please contact a local Advantech sales office, or visit our website at http://www.advantech.com/products/Video-Wall-Server/sub_d782e7a2-d216-49e7-8b59-ceb4 4ec4f648.aspx

About Advantech Founded in 1983, Advantech is a leader in providing trusted, innovative products, services, and solutions. Advantech offers comprehensive system integration, hardware, software, customer-centric design services, embedded systems, automation products, and global logistics support. We cooperate closely with our partners to help provide complete solutions for a wide array of applications across a diverse range of industries. Our mission is to enable an intelligent planet with Automation and Embedded Computing products and solutions that empower the development of smarter working and living. With Advantech, there is no limit to the applications and innovations our products make possible. (Corporate Website: www.advantech.com).

Application Story
24/7 Surveillance for Highway Tunnel Security
Turnkey Video Wall Controller Solution for Control Room
Project Introduction Chinas booming economy has led the country to invest more on traffic infrastructure which has created the need for traffic management and security monitoring systems overseen by video walls displays in control rooms. Among all the traffic monitoring systems, those monitoring traffic safety in highway tunnels are especially mission-and-life critical. A large system integrator customer in China submitted a bid for a highway tunnel surveillance control room project which comprised of a video surveillance system, an emergency operations system, a vehicle recognition system, and a traffic management system. And crucially at the center, a video wall was needed in the main control room that was able to display all data and video coming from these systems in real time, with advanced warning capabilities that could draw an operators attention to the most critical images. Supported by the new AVS seriesAdvantechs newest video wall controller products, and co-validated with Matrox Mura MPX video cards, our customer was able to render a proposal which provided industrial-grade stability and reliability with the highest cost/performance ratio among competitors. System Requirements - Ample inputs for data and video from different sources including 32 cameras and 20 operator workstations or servers - Capability of capturing multiple video sources (VGA, DVI, YPbPr, S-Video, Composite, SDI, etc) - Visualize and display data on multiple monitors with flexible configuration - Outstanding computing performance - Excellent reliability for 24/7 operation System Before choosing Advantechs AVS products, the customer like many other video wall system vendors in the China market today, developed video servers by themselves with components purchased from different sources. They had to test compatibility of these components, including motherboards, video cards, power supplies and others, over and over again and often encountered difficulties in dealing with thermal issues and system performance and this meant a lengthy R&D process with repeated investment.

Application Story
When they finally completed a workable system and shipped it to their customer for on-site installation, things still went wrongeither the graphic cards or memory modules broke loose, or the system couldnt even boot up. This was because their computers were not able to endure vibration during transportation. They were also often having to provide maintenance service for their systems. Individual components purchased from different vendors meant the technical support from their suppliers varied and was often of poor quality, plus they had to stockpile replacement components for maintenance needs, causing extra inventory costs. However, by choosing Advantech's turnkey solutions, all the hassles from R&D, shipment and installation, to after-sale service went away and now they are able to focus on their core business of designing and developing high-end video walls and providing value added services to their end customers. Advantech AVS series video wall controllersare dedicated to video wall applications with industrial grade designs for efficient heat-dissipation, and anti-vibration, stability and reliability features built in. On top of that, each AVS product is sent to Matrox headquarters at Montreal to go through tests to ensure that the computer system is fully compatible with Matroxs Mura MPX video cards and can achieve optimal performance without electrical, mechanical or thermal problems. Conclusion For 24/7 applications like highway tunnel control room video walls, stability and reliability are crucial. With Advantech AVS series products at the center, their video wall performed with optimal quality and reliability. Advantech's turnkey solution helps system integrators shorten product development cycles, saving R&D investment, and minimizing headaches from rising costs of shipping, installation and operation. To aid maintenance, AVS series have remote control and management functions built in, this helps customers save a lot of time with on-site visits. Advantech acts as single vendor for customers; if something happens they just call Advantech for trouble shooting instead of contacting multiple vendors for support. Advantechs long product life cycle support reduces costs for stockpiling components, global logistics and technical supportsaving effort on after sales service and customer support.

Seeing the World with the Latest Display Technology: Advantech Video Wall Controllers Certified By Matrox
By Ken Lin, Product Sales Manager, Advantech

The advancements in video wall technology are opening up more windows on the world, conveying new thoughts and messages of the latest developments in many areas. From digital signage in sports, entertainment, shopping and other public venues, to mission-critical control rooms for military operations, power and energy, factory automation, transportation management, security and surveillance, video wall controller technologies are bringing us to a whole new world of immediate visualization, extensive collaboration and more responsive and effective decision making based on access to accurate and timely information. Take the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) control room as example. Benefiting from a new generation of video wall controllers loaded with multiple Matrox MuraTM MPX output/input graphic cards, display systems used in the control room can create large-scale and highly functional video walls to display any incoming video or data, such as VGA or DVI feeds from any of a range of sources: operator workstations running maps, Automatic Train Supervision (ATS), Automatic Train Protection (ATP), Automatic Train Operation (ATO) programs or Passenger Information System (PIS), platform live video CCTV feeds, set-top BOX HDMI feeds, etc. Broad video walls composed of multiple monitors provide the viewers with a large virtual desktop that can be easily manipulated in response to rapidly changing conditions. This helps to enhance situational awareness, which can be a crucial factor in executing safe and efficient transportation management. At the core of a video wall application is one or more output/input graphic cards plugged into a computer systemthe video wall controller. The function of the video wall controller is to capture all the video sources to be viewed, convert them to a common format, then scale and spread them across the video wall matrix. As mentioned, many video walls are in mission-critical environments, such as military command centers, or nuclear power plant control rooms; computer

systems used for video wall controller platforms are not ordinary commercial computers, but highly ruggedized, stable, reliable industrial computers designed with special considerations for video wall applications. That is to say, successful and outstanding video wall performance relies on the marriage of powerful video card(s) and reliable industrial computer(s). This is the nexus of the partnership between the worlds leading innovator in display solutions, Matrox Graphics, and global IPC manufacturer, Advantech. Matrox Mura MPX Driven by Advantech Server-grade IPC To continue to expand market share, Advantech and Matrox are partnering to launch a series of video wall controllers designed for and validated with Matroxs MuraTM MPX graphics cards. These will be called Advantech Video Server (AVS) series products, and will aim to enable OEMs and system integrators to create video wall solutions for various markets such as digital signage, process and system control rooms, and security and surveillance monitoring, just to name a few. Under this cooperative scheme, video wall system integrators who buy AVS products need not worry about issues of compatibility with MuraTM MPX; the AVS products have been certified compatible by the Matrox laboratory. In addition to the product itself, Advantech also offers premium system integration, technical support and logistics services through its worldwide service centers. With these benefits, system integrators can reduce costs and focus on activities that maximize their add-on value. The MuraTM MPX series, featuring the Gen 2.0 PCI Express x16 connection interface, provides up to a maximum of four inputs and four outputs on a single card that can capture a variety of input sources then scale, rotate, position and display them across the video wall matrix in real-time. Video source feeds may include both digital and analog signals from surveillance cameras, satellite and cable TV set-top boxes, computers, Blu-ray players, and so on. Users can configure the video display wall with great flexibility, opening one or multiple sessions on each display or spanning a single spreadsheet across several monitorsdepending on the focus requirements of any given situation. Matrox PowerDesk software is powerful enough to allow for flexible configuration of video wall layouts that can respond to situational awareness. With friendly graphics user interface, the operator can easily display just a few sources of more situational significance and enlarge any of the images to be shown across a number of monitors, and minimize it in the next moment,

or move images from here to there across the entire visual canvas. Moreover, when using projectors as display devices, the PowerDesk edge-overlap feature allows the user to easily and intuitively adjust the number of overlapping pixels between edge-blending projectors to create a seamless, unified image. Advantech has developed a series of AVS products with a variety of PCIe expansions ranging from two slots to more than ten slots. For example, the AVS-290 with two PCIe x16 slots can support two MuraTM MPX cards, allowing for a maximum of eight video source inputs and display outputs corresponding to eight monitors. To further illustrate this with a practical factory control room scenario, two of the inputs could be connected to a surveillance system NVR machine, two connected to operator workstations running production management software, and the other four connected to those running SCADA software. All information can be immediately displayed on the video wall. Design Highlights As mentioned, computers supporting video wall applications are no ordinary computers. A reliable, powerful dedicated video wall controller has to deal with the following problems from the design level: (1) PCIe Bandwidth and Data Switch Rate Provision When images on a video wall are enlarged, reduced or moved across multiple monitors, it requires huge transient video data transfers between and among multiple MuraTM MPX cards. Especially for a dense system in a large scale video wall application, there can be many data inputs and outputs in combination, and data exchanges among these inputs and outputs are extraordinary. For example, a 1080p full HD video stream generates 0.5 GB/sec data throughput; when four such video streams are captured by a MuraTM MPX card and displayed through four output ports on a different card, a 2.0 GB/sec card to card (slot to slot) data transfer occurs. A video wall controllers PCIe slot design must have not only enough bandwidth but also a data switch rate that ensures quick, smooth, no-latency display. Because in most application scenarios a video wall controller needs to carry more than two MuraTM MPX cards, all Advantech AVS products are designed with server grade chipsets to have enough PCIe lanes from the CPU and high data switch rates between PCIe slots. Every PCIe x16 slot supports at least Gen 2.0 PCIe x8 bandwidth; BIOS is also tweaked to support multiple GPUs (a MuraTM MPX card can have up to two GPUs) and to maximize card-to-card transfer rate.

Advantech sends all video wall controller prototypes to Matrox headquarters in Montreal, Canada for validation; this ensures rock solid compatibility. Advantech video wall controllers driving Matrox cards can power video walls up to full 1080p inputs and outputs with zero latency. (2) Thermal Design When multiple graphic cards are employed in a computer system to drive a multiple monitor video wall, the power consumption is huge and there rise system heat problems that need to be carefully dealt with in both board and system design levels. System cooling performance relies on the selection and installation of fans and efficient air flow design in the chassis. Ordinary computer motherboards have their memory sets be positioned horizontally, perpendicular to CPU, PCIe expansion slots and other components on the board. This is to facilitate more economic PCB wiring, as PCIe traces can be more conveniently routed to the CPU. However, when it comes to a dense system supporting video wall, ventilation becomes the priority. Advantech has employed a component placement call Rack Optimized Placement which places the memory slots parallel to PCIe slots on the motherboard in order to maximize the efficiency of the chassis airflow and cooling performance, effectively lowering CPU, memory, motherboard major ICs, MuraTM MPX GPUs temperatures to keep system very stable when operating with multiple MuraTM MPX cards. This poses challenges for PCB wiring and forces us to employ more PCB layers to complete needed wiring. This is one of the reasons why a video wall controller is usually more pricy than other IPCs or ordinary computers. However, the price tag is worth it as system shutdown or failure due to overheat could be catastrophic in mission-critical applications. (3) Remote Management Capability Remote control and monitoring is also an important part for maintaining system health and operational reliability. When a computer system is going awry, abnormal signals will surface first in temperature, voltage or fan rotation speeds. Remote management allows operators to get their hands on all these figures related to system health via network connection. This feature is especially important for a video wall administrator because the video wall controller is usually put in the computer room where the operator usually does not seat in. In addition to using a remote computer to access the video wall controller, operators can also use smartphone, iPad or laptop to monitor system status. When operators find the voltage in

the system becomes unstable, temperature is rising or the fan rotation is slowing, they can immediately take actions to repair, and if in time, they can avoid a catastrophic system failure. The remote management capability has almost become heritage for server-grade IPCs, especially for those used in critical missions. Many of these systems can automatically issue local alarms, send alerts or notifications to operators through e-mail or cell phone message when any abnormal situation is happening in the system. There are technological or business options for remote monitoring and control: either software-based in-band solutions which operate utilities or application software under operating system like Windows, or hardware-based out-of-band solutions such as IPMI or iAMT that are enabled by a separate BMC circuits on motherboard or embedded controller inside Intel PCH chipset to allow remote administrators to have access to it regardless of whether the system power is on or off, in a dormancy or is failed. With out-of-band solution, administrators or operators can start, shut down or restart the system remotely; even when the system is powered off or the OS is dead, as long as that small unit is still alive, the operators can get access to that unit via the Internet to understand the status of the system. Obviously, the software-based solutions are more economically appealing. The SUSI-Access remote diagnosis software developed by Advantech is even free and available for all its customers. However, for video walls used for mission-critical applications, hardware-based IPMI or iAMT solutions are strongly recommended. Matrox Graphics Validation For a highly functional system, good electronic designs are important. However, all excellences will never count till they are thoroughly validated. Under the cooperation plan between Matrox and Advantech, Advantech has sent all the prototypes of its video wall controllers to Matroxs lab at their Montreal headquarter for validation and certification of compatibility and reliability. Matrox validation means assurance that Advantech video wall controllers are electronically, mechanically and thermally compatible with Matroxs graphic cards, can install these cards without mechanical interference, run them reliably and stably without getting overheated, and can support all the functionalities and merits to perfection. These guarantees are nowhere available if one purchases any ordinary PC from the market or any IPC without Matrox validation to run a video wall graphic card.

Advantech Technical Support Advantech is the worlds top IPC manufacturer and supplier, and operates a global business and technical support network with sales and service available in every corner of the world. Advantech has established branches in many countries which can provide system assembly services to video wall system integrators to save their assembly and testing efforts, helping them speed up deliveries. And all customers using Advantech systems are entitled to Advantechs 3-5-7 Services, which means: 3 Levels of Service, up to 5 Years of Extended Warranty, and 7 Years guaranteed Product Supply. Video wall system integrators and users of Matrox graphic cards running on Advantech platforms do not have to worry about maintenance and repair issues. Alliance of Winners This partnership between Matrox and

Advantech is a win-win strategy: on one hand, Matrox can leverage Advantechs worldwide business and technical network to further expand its market share; on the other hand, with validation from Matrox, Advantech expects to plant flags in the burgeoning video wall market. Conclusion The advancement of video wall technology is changing the industrial landscape and the way we see and react to the world. In some critical application cases, such as electric utilities monitoring and military battlefields, system reliability and stability can be a matter of life and death, demanding the most powerful Matrox MuraTM MPX cards running on the most reliable Advantech Video Server (AVS) systems. Advantech, with decades of experience in developing computing platforms for applications in various industrial sectors, sees the importance of the video wall mission and is proud to offer its best support.