After defining the industry-standard for mid-size production switchers for several years, Ross Video is announcing the End-of-Production on of the original Carbonite series of production switchers – Carbonite, Carbonite Plus, Carbonite MultiMedia and Carbonite eXtreme. Note that the 36 input Carbonite Black Series remains available. Please see the below FAQ for additional information:
Q: When does this go into effect?
A: With the announcement of Carbonite Ultra on September 14th, the original Carbonite series has entered end of production. There are a limited quantity of frames and I/O boards available. Customers can continue to order these parts and systems for the next 60 days or until supplies last.
Q: How will support be affected?
A: As per Ross policy, we will continue to maintain service support for 7 years from the end of production date (Carbonite & Carbonite Plus – September 14th, 2025, Carbonite MultiMedia & Carbonite eXtreme – August 31st, 2025). After these dates, Ross will make the very best effort to address service-level support issues. In addition, Ross customers can enjoy free technical advice via phone or email for the life of their product.
Q: What are the model numbers affected?
A: See the below chart for the model numbers along with EOP dates.
|EOP Date||Part Number||Description|
|Sept. 14, 2018||CF-116||Carbonite 18 Input 1 M/E Frame|
|Sept. 14, 2018||CF-116PLUS||Carbonite+ 18 Input 1 M/E Frame|
|Sept. 14, 2018||CF-124||Carbonite 24 Input 1 M/E Frame|
|Sept. 14, 2018||CF-124PLUS||Carbonite+ 24 Input 1 M/E Frame|
|Sept. 14, 2018||CF-216||Carbonite 18 Input 2 M/E Frame|
|Sept. 14, 2018||CF-216PLUS||Carbonite+ 18 Input 2 M/E Frame|
|Sept. 14, 2018||CF-224||Carbonite 24 Input 2 M/E Frame|
|Sept. 14, 2018||CF-224PLUS||Carbonite+ 24 Input 2 M/E Frame|
|Aug. 31, 2018||CF-116MM||Carbonite MultiMedia 18 input 1 M/E Frame|
|Aug. 31, 2018||CF-124MM||Carbonite MultiMedia 24 input 1 M/E Frame|
|Aug. 31, 2018||CF-216MM||Carbonite MultiMedia 18 input 2 M/E Frame|
|Aug. 31, 2018||CF-224MM||Carbonite MultiMedia 24 input 2 M/E Frame|
|Aug. 31, 2018||CF-NK-I3G||8 input card|
|Aug. 31, 2018||CF-NK-I3G-RC||16 input connector (1 for 2 input cards)|
|Aug. 31, 2018||CF-NK-O3G||8 output card|
|Aug. 31, 2018||CF-NK-O3G-RC||16 output connector (1 for 2 output cards)|
|Aug. 31, 2018||CF-224EX-16||Carbonite eXtreme 24 Input 16 Output 2 M/E Processing Engine|
|Aug. 31, 2018||CF-224EX-48||Carbonite eXtreme 24 Input 48 Output 2 M/E Processing Engine|
|Aug. 31, 2018||CF-224EX-96||Carbonite eXtreme 24 Input 96 Output 2 M/E Processing Engine|
Q: Are there direct replacements?
A: Customers can enjoy the more compact, more powerful, and more affordable – Carbonite Ultra! This new production switcher uses the latest technology to distill the best of the Carbonite series into a single, next generation platform.
For customers with larger productions that require more inputs and outputs, Carbonite Black provides 36 inputs and 22 outputs. Carbonite Black Plus models provide complete video processing resources on every input and output, while Carbonite Black Plus 12G offers the same vast signal processing along with single-link 12G connectivity.