Production Switchers

Ultrix Carbonite

A proven mid-sized hyperconverged platform

At a glance

Save Space. Gain Power.

Meet the needs of the present while preparing for the future. As a proven hyperconverged switching and routing platform, Ultrix Carbonite provides facilities with an easy-to-use and cost-effective system that can expand as production needs and requirements grow. 

Based on the revolutionary Software-Defined Production Engine (SDPE), Ultrix Carbonite pairs the world’s most popular mid-sized production switcher with the powerful routing and signal processing capabilities of an Ultrix router to yield a level of performance, flexibility and value unachievable by any traditional standalone system.

Size Matters

Each Software-Defined Production Engine (SDPE), installed in either an FR2, FR5, or FR12 frame, provides up to two powerful ME banks and versatile MiniMEs in addition to the powerful routing and processing capabilities of Ultrix. The space-saving FR2 and FR5 frames are ideal for smaller facilities and OB vans and each frame eliminates the need for separate audio processing, frame sync and multiviewer hardware.

Comfortably Familiar

Carbonite set the standard for operational ease of use, flexible functionality, and integrated control. Ultrix Carbonite carries on that tradition – it is fully compatible with the TouchDrive™ family of control surfaces as well as DashBoard, Ross Video’s powerful command and configuration software application. Operators familiar with Carbonite’s intuitive auto-delegation and menu system will feel at home and new users will quickly acclimate. 

Future – Confident

The versatile Software Defined Production Engine (SDPE) hardware blades provide significant advantages over traditional switchers. For example, new features and functionality can be added through cost-effective software licenses, ensuring that the system can grow as needs and customer demands change. Multiple SDPE blades, configured as Carbonite switchers, can be installed in a single frame, providing the opportunity to produce in HD and 4k UHD formats simultaneously. 


Compared to equivalent racks of equipment, this compact single-chassis solution consumes less power, uses less space, and requires less cooling, which vastly simplifies system design and equipment installation. Combining the routing platform with the production switcher shrinks the number of inter-rack failure points and reduces maintenance requirements. 

Mix and Match Fearlessly

Ultrix Carbonite is the ideal solution for mid-size facilities confronted with mixed or changing signal formats or connectivity schemes. Any of the three available Ultrix I/O boards (SDI, IP or SFP) can be installed in available slots and mixed as needed, providing maximum flexibility and convenience both now and in the future. 

Peace of Mind Included

Ultrix Carbonite is engineered, built and backed by Ross Video, an industry leader with over 40 years of experience manufacturing top-quality live production equipment. Phone and e-mail technical support are included for the life of the product, and flexible extended warranty programs designed to maximize long-term peace of mind are also available.

Ultrix Carbonite

Now available in Ultrix FR2, Ultrix FR5 or Ultrix FR12

The Ultrix FR2, FR5, and FR12 frames offer differing levels of I/O density and each can mount one or more SDPE blades configured as Ultrix Carbonites.

Ultrix Carbonite Introduction

See how we have merged our award-winning signal management and routing system with the world’s most popular mid-size production switcher.

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Frame Configuration Tool

The Carbonite SDPE blades are compatible with the Ultrix FR2, FR5 and FR12 frames.

Mix and match to meet your unique requirements or leave slots empty for easy future upgrades. Use our online Frame Configuration tool to customise your own Ultrix Carbonite and request a quote.

To begin, click the link below and select either the the 2RU, 5RU or 12RU Ultrix frame size.


Chassis FR2 FR5 FR12
Number of Slots 3 Standard slots
1 Fixed Slot (HD-SDI)
8 Standard slots
1 Flex Slot (I/O Blades only)
Maximum SDPE Blades per Chassis 2 4 Configuration dependent

Control Panels

From fully manual to advanced automation workflows, there’s a perfect control surface for the task.

  • Acuity Control Panels are compatible with the entire line of Acuity and Ultrix Acuity products
  • The stunning TouchDrive control surfaces can be paired with Ultrix Acuity, Ultrix Carbonite, Carbonite Black/Plus/12G, Carbonite Ultra or the Graphite all-in-one platform.


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