Milford, CONN. — Lightwave Communications Inc. an industry leader in console management solutions is proud to be part of Iowa State University’s latest virtual reality project “C6”. C6 is one of the first truly immersive virtual reality theaters with images projected on all six of its sides; four walls, ceiling and floor. Located in the atrium of the College of Engineering’s Howe Hall the C6 was developed and installed by MechDyne Corporation, a leading virtual reality designer/ integrator. MechDyne utilized a Lightwave Communications Matrix-Hub to channel the 14 billion instructions per second output from the SGI “Onyx2” supercomputer to the C6 and other virtual reality facilities on the Iowa State campus. Extension of the computer resources between the various sites was achieved by utilizing Lightwave Communications’ VDE/200 high performance fiber optic extension systems.
Lightwave Communications’ Matrix-Hub is a multi-interface full matrix switch designed with SGI in mind. Compatible with most computers and video sources the Matrix-Hub 3000 allows up to 30 computer assets (sources) to be utilized by up to 30 users (destinations) directing video, keyboard/ mouse, serial and audio signals without patching. Control of the Matrix-Hub is by a direct serial connection, over the network or through a server.
The VDE/200 high performance fiber optic extension system from Lightwave Communications provides for the remote location of video, keyboard/ mouse and serial peripherals up to 10,000 feet from the computer source without loss of resolution. With the addition of the audio extension kit users are able to send and receive analog stereo, MIDI, and serial lines without increasing the fiber count. The VDE/200 is platform flexible supporting video formats from SGI, Sun, HP, IBM, DEC, Apple, and other compatible processors. The VDE/200 is SPARC verified and the only Gold Seal Approved solution for SGI.
MechDyne Corporation, based in Marshalltown, Iowa specializes in one-to-one, large scale, and multi-screen virtual reality systems, as well as high-fidelity simulators, haptics, robotics, engineering consulting, and dynamic reconstruction. In addition to MechDyne systems on six continents, the Company has designed, installed, and serviced systems for several Fortune 500 companies with applications ranging from aerospace to automotive design and simulation to oil and gas exploration.
Lightwave Communications, Inc. is a leader in console management solutions offering a complete line of KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) and serial (TTY) switches and extension systems. Strategic relationships and compliance affiliations exist between Lightwave and Silicon Graphics (SGI) as a Gold Seal Supplier, Hewlett Packard (HP) as a Channel Partner for Workstations and Clinical Systems, and Sun Microsystems (SUNW) as an IHV Developer.