Extron unveils HDMI solutions
Extron is focusing on HDMI with its latest announcements. Included is the 1RU HFX 100 HDMI Fibre Optic Extender, a transmitter and receiver set for long distance transmission of HDMI video and embedded audio signals over one fibre-optic cable that reportedly extends HDCP-compliant HDMI signals over a multimode cable at lengths of up to 300m. The extender uses all-digital technology to deliver pixel-for-pixel transmission of images up to 1920x1200.
Next is the FOX T USW 203, a three input switcher with an integrated fibre-optic transmitter for long haul transmission of HDCP-compliant HDMI, RGBHV, or HD component video, stereo audio, and RS-232 control signals over fiber-optic cabling. The switcher includes features such as buffered HDMI output and VGA input loop-through, EDID Minder, Key Minder, audio embedding, auto-input switching, RS-232 control, and real-time system monitoring.
Meanwhile, the DTP HDMI 330 is a transmitter and receiver set for long distance transmission of HDMI, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR control signals up to 100m over a single Cat-X cable. The HDCP-compliant extender allows a direct analogue audio connection from devices with stereo output and provides balanced and unbalanced audio output from the receiver. Additionally, it continuously maintains DDC communication of EDID and HDCP between a source and display. The extender is compatible with Cat- 5e, Cat-6, and Cat-7 twisted pair cables, and can be used as a point-to-point solution or integrated with an HDMI matrix switcher to extend inputs or outputs to remote locations.
The final HDMI-centric releases are two new larger HDMI distribution amplifiers which form part of Extron’s HDMI DA Series. The HDMI DA4 with four outputs, and HDMI DA6 with six outputs, are HDCP compliant and support HDMI specification features. The HDMI DA Series features automatic input cable equalisation, automatic colour bit depth management, and selectable output muting, as well as indicators for monitoring and troubleshooting.
Away from HDMI, Extron has also introduced the VNR 100, a single channel recorder that digitally records and plays back HD computer graphics, video, audio, and data streamed in VN-Matrix systems. It can simultaneously record and play back streaming content, and can be deployed in single source or multi-source applications. Pre-recorded content can be streamed while an independent source is recorded in time-slip applications, and chase-play capabilities allow time-shifted delays to be introduced into a live stream. Additionally, multiple VNR 100 units can be configured to accommodate recording and playback of A/V content presented on multi-screen display systems.
Finally, the manufacturer is also now shipping the DMP 128 AT and DMP 128 C AT audio digital signal processors with Dante network connectivity.