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draco vario sdi

The Draco SDI extender enables the combination and conversion between SDI video and digital video signals.

Connecting the KVM with the SDI world

Draco vario SDI (Series 486)

With the introduction of the Draco SDI extender, it is now possible to combine and convert between SDI video and digital video signals. SDI video signals (up to 3G-SDI) input into an SDI CPU extender are made available to KVM CON units, directly or through a Draco tera KVM matrix switch, for connection to DVI, HDMI or DisplayPort monitors. An SDI CON unit is also able to convert digital video signals for display on an SDI monitor. Video scaling and deinterlacing is included in the SDI extender, enabling conversion as required, between 720p50/60 or 1080i50/60 SDI video streams and digital formats, including 1080p, 1600×900 or 1920×1080. This ensures that the appropriate video resolution is available to suit the connected monitor.

For greatest flexibility in application, the SDI extender module can be equipped with two coax SFP modules, each with two channels. SFP modules are available to suit dual input and dual output configurations.

An additional loopback enables an SDI signal to be passed on to additional SDI devices, whilst being input into the extender for KVM distribution.

Product Features

Draco vario SDI (Series 486)
  • 2-port architecture (e.g. for Dual-Head)
  • HD-, 3GA-, 3GB-SDI input resolutions (720p50/60, 1080i50/60, 1080p50/60, further resolutions on request)
  • Integrated scaler (CON and CPU)
  • Scalable output resolutions (e.g. 720p, 1600 x 900 or 1080p)
  • Integrated interlacing/deinterlacing
  • Conversion from SDI to DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort and vice versa
  • Passive loopback
  • SDI audio embedding and de-embedding
  • Compatible with all Draco tera matrices
  • Extensive redundancy options
  • Redundant interconnect link (optional)
  • Compatible with Draco vario chassis family


Draco vario SDI (Series 486)
Video Interface
Micro-BNC connector
Maximum supported SDI Resolution
1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
Signal Format
Level A (3GA), Level B (3GB)
Color Depth
SDI 4 : 2 : 2 (10 bit)
KVM 4 : 4 : 4 (8 bit / True Color)
2-channel audio (selectable)
Dual input SFP module (Micro-BNC)
Dual output SFP module (Micro-BNC)
Input/output SFP module (Micro-BNC)
Maximum transmission range for video and USB-HID signals (end-to-end connection)
Cat X: 140 m (459 ft)
Single-Mode 9μm: 10,000 m (32,808 ft)
Single-Mode 9μm XV: 5,000 m (16,404 ft)
Multi-Mode 50μm (OM3): 1,000 m (3,280 ft)
Multi-Mode 50μm: 400 m (1,312 ft)
Power Consumption
Max. 1.500 mA per Unit

Transmission ranges for transparent USB when using add-on modules
When using L474/R474 add-on modules with transparent USB, the binding specifications stated in the data sheets of the add-on modules apply.


Draco vario SDI (Serie 486)

All Variations

L486-BSDCCPU module, 1x Cat X, 1x SDI monitor
L486-BSDCRCPU module, 2x Cat X (redundant), 1x SDI monitor
L486-BSDSCPU module, 1x Fiber, 1x SDI monitor
L486-BSDSRCPU module, 2x Fiber (redundant), 1x SDI monitor
L486-BSDXUpon Request
L486-BSDXRUpon Request
R486-BSDCCON module, 1x Cat X, 1x SDI monitor
R486-BSDSCON module, 1x Fiber, 1x SDI monitor
R486-BSDSRCON module, 2x Fiber (redundant), 1x SDI monitor
R486-BSDRCON module, 2x Cat X (redundant), 1x SDI monitor
R486-BSDXUpon Request
R486-BSDXRUpon Request


Draco vario SDI (Series 486)

System Diagram

Draco vario SDI (Series 486)

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