• Overview
  • Configuration
The unprecedented solutions inside the 25G Hybrid family, together with other included Lightware technologies make the 25G Hybrid line significantly outstanding and future‑proof. Innovative engineering and design has resulted in a unique new technology that allows managing, switching and extending digital and analog video, audio, Ethernet and control in a new and inventive way. Designed to deliver exceptionally high resolution image quality and 24/7 reliability, 25G Hybrid technology sets a new standard in the professional AV industry.

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Advanced Audio Options

Advanced audio functions make this technology unique.The 25G Hybrid routers has 3 different audio layers: Embedded Audio, Forward Audio and in the smaller, 80x80 frame Return Audio.


Various Control Options

Various control signals are also handled by the 25G Hybrid routers such as RS-232, Ethernet, KVM and IR.





Multilayer Switching

Lightware has re-invented the term ’matrix switch’. We don’t only handle inputs and outputs, we have added a third dimension, the Media layers which provides the flexibility and freedom of independent signal switching per Media layer. Inside a 25G Hybrid router there are as many Media layers as signal types. This means that there are as many individual routers as signal formats being incorporated. The advanced audio functions make this technology even more unique. The 25G Hybrid routers has 3 different audio layers: Embedded Audio, Forward Audio and in the smaller, 80x80 frame Return Audio.

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User Access

For security, a user password can be set to access system control.

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Room Management

As the maximal crosspoint area in the 25G Hybrid routers is a large switching plane, we have introduced ’Room Management’. All the user‑created virtual rooms can be programmed with their own sources and destinations, but can also share some resources if required. If, for example, you want to prohibit an operator in one room from accidentally making switches in another, the maximal crosspoint area can be divided into smaller virtual matrices called ’rooms’.


reliability4 The components used in this technology are industrial grade and typically designed for the telecom industry. All printed circuit boards are gold plated in order to achieve reliable and stable hardware performance. This technique results in better soldering and contact performance and eliminates corrosion problems caused by salt and humidity in naval military environments.


reliability2  The 25G matrix routers are designed for 24/7 operations and optional redundant CPU and Power supplies can be also added for further reliability.
reliability1 All boards that contain active electronic components are hot swappable. The front load design makes it easy to replace failed components. All fans and Power supplies can also be replaced in a simple movement. reliability3 The 25G CPU stores the settings of all boards and send backups for the second CPU. If the first CPU fails the second takes over automatically with the same settings. With the redundant power supplies N+1 and N+2 redundancies can be reached.


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Graphic User Interface

25G Hybrid matrices have a built-in JAVA-based graphical user interface which eases system control, setup, maintenance and troubleshooting. It is accessible via LAN, RS-232 and the front panel touch screen.

25G Hybrid matrices have a built-in front panel touch screen capable of showing the 25G control software with full control options. Unit information, crosspoint setup and switching, EDID Management, Room Management, maintenance, troubleshooting and every other tool is available on the front panel display.

The control interface for these routers is designed to accomplish 3 main principles:

Simplicity. Crosspoint switching has never been easier. By pressing the buttons on the touchscreen interface you can perform multiple switches. The colors and icons are very informative with meaningful details. Seamless control. Straightforward control interface for all of the inputs and outputs on all eight layers.
Exceptional Diagnostics. Maintain the strong diagnostic features already provided by previous Lightware architectures, such as Advanced EDID Management, Input signal analysis and the Frame Detector.


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The 25G Hybrid routers have three main components. To configure the best 25G solution for a particular application you need to choose a frame, need to find out what Media Layers you will use for your application and then populate the selected frame with the input and output boards. The main point of this structure is that you only need to pay for what you need and won’t have extra unused functions.



The first step is to choose the right frame. The largest 25G frame handles 160 input and 160 output ports, this frame is also available with the same functionality but with fewer ports as well in sizes 120x120, 128x128, 144x144, 160x80 or 80x160. The smaller 25G frame has 80 inputs and 80 outputs. CPU and power redundancy are available for the 25G matrices for a high level of security: it is possible to add a second redundant CPU and more redundant power supplies as well.

  • 25 Gbit/sec per port video signal speed
  • Multilayer signal management
  • 160x160, 120x120, 80x160, 160x80 video crosspoint versions 
  • Intuitive GUI interface for easy handling of all functions
  • Room and User Management 
  • Front panel touch screen 
  • Redundant power supplies – 24/7 secure operation 
  • Hybrid Modular technology


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Media layers

The second step of building a configuration is to find out which Layers the application requires. The Video Layer with the Embedded Audio is always included in the frame by default. If an application requires more Layers you canselect from the seven Media Layer options. Selecting the Layers means deciding what type of signals the 25G router will have to handle.

video layer

Video layer with embedded audio

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ethernet layer

Ethernet layer

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CEC layer

Consumer Electronics layer

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forward audio layer

Forward audio layer

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USB KVM layer

USB KVM layer

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RS232 layer

RS-232 & RS-422 control layer

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audio layer

Return audio layer

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IR layer

IR layer

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