Gefen releases range of switchers, matrixes, splitters and extenders
AV manufacturer Gefen has introduced a new line of switchers, splitters and extenders to the commercial market.
“To help commercial dealers capitalise on the industry’s most cutting-edge technologies, Gefen has developed a wide range of new ground-breaking products that are compliant with new and evolving standards,” says Gefen product manager Jason Fitzgerald.
“Today’s emerging technologies include the migration to 4K Ultra HD in its various formats, the ubiquitous application of HDBaseT for extension and the transition to Video over IP communications – just to name a few. Gefen’s new line addresses these emerging technologies by providing multiple signal management solutions for integrators.”
According to Jason, Gefen’s new products provide commercial, corporate, broadcast and residential dealers with the sources and features that are paramount to their success.
“Our new line of signal routing, extension, conversion and management solutions are designed to accommodate even the most complex commercial applications,” he says.
“This allows integrators to push beyond the limits of today’s digital AV formats, like HDMI. As we begin seeing the market fully adopt emerging technologies like 4K, integrators need the means to properly process the newly available sources and features.”
Leading the way for what’s new from Gefen is its EXT-UHD600 line of 4K 600 MHz products, starting with three splitters and a 4×1 switcher. This new product family enables AV distribution at full specification of 4K 60 Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sub-sampling along with HDR support. “With this introduction, Gefen continues to anticipate integrator needs for commercial AV signal distribution, as we have done since the brand’s inception,” he says.
This HDCP 2.2-compliant family of products supports HDMI 2.0 4K 60 Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sub-sampling, along with HDR (High Dynamic Range) support. HDR delivers greater image contrast, vastly improving colour depth between light and dark areas of a video image. 4K Ultra HD and 4K Cinema (up to 4096×2160), LPCM7.1 and HBR digital audio are also supported. The new EXT-UHD600 splitters support multiple layers of cascading for use in large video distribution and signage applications. The switcher in the EXT-UHD600 line-up features flexible control options including the front-panel, IR, RS-232, Telnet/UDP and Gefen’s intuitive web server interface. The Gefen Syner-G software simplifies configuration and allows advanced EDID management for the splitters, switcher and matrix products. Additionally, all units accommodate Gefen locking HDMI cables for secure connections.
Gefen also released its all-new Ultra HD HDBaseT 2.0 Extender for HDMI (EXT-UHDA-HBT2), a signal extender that uses HDBaseT 2.0 technology to extend 4K HDMI, Ethernet, RS-232, 2-way IR and 2-way audio up to 330 feet using one CAT-5e cable. The new extender provides a robust signal connection when extending 4K HDMI, Ethernet, RS-232, 2-way IR and 2-way audio up to 330 feet. The bi-directional power feature allows the pair to be powered from either side of the extension. Also, the flexible, surface mountable enclosures fit anywhere, guaranteeing a convenient installation. To enable intuitive system monitoring for integrators, the Gefen Syner-G software provides an intuitive path for firmware updates and advanced EDID management tools.
The EXT-UHDA-HBT2’s sender/receiver system is compatible with all compliant HDBaseT systems and will easily interface with sources and displays equipped with HDBaseT. Video with resolutions of 1080p and 1920×1200 8-bit can also be delivered flawlessly up to 150m. 4K Ultra HD and DCI-Cinema (up to 4096×2160) at 60 Hz 4:2:0 or 30 Hz 4:4:4, LPCM7.1 and HBR digital audio are also supported.
“To provide a secure and robust connection, optical digital audio is sent from receiver to sender and analog audio is extended from sender to receiver,” James says.
“Bi-directional power over HDBaseT provides power from sender to receiver or vice versa, over the same CAT-5.”
Gefen also debuted the EXT-DVIKA-HBT2, a DVI over HDBaseT 2.0 KVM extender that is designed to extend DVI, USB 2.0, RS-232 and 2-way analog audio up to 150 meters over one CAT-5e cable. The new HDBaseT 2.0 platform provides added features such as USB and 2-way audio extension and ensures an even more robust and resilient connection than the industry standard HDBaseT. Resolutions up 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) and 1080p are supported.
“This DVI over HDBaseT 2.0 extender serves as the next generation DVI extender for commercial integrators,” James says. “Both the Sender and the Receiver units feature 1U tall, half-rack-width enclosures that can be placed on a shelf, surface-mounted, or rack-mounted using the separately available EXT-RACK-1U tray. Additionally, the Gefen Syner-G software speeds up configuration via EDID Management, facilitates real-time performance audits by Link Monitoring and simplifies field firmware updates.”
Gefen also debuted the all-new 4K Ultra HD HDMI over HDBaseT 2.0 Extender (GTB-UHD-HBT2) which carries RS-232, Bi-directional IR and Power over HDBaseT.
“Gefen’s implementation of the latest HDBaseT 2.0 technology enables the extension of HDMI up to 100m at 4K, using one CAT-5e cable”
The new HDBaseT 2.0 Colligo platform ensures an even more robust and resilient connection than the industry standard HDBaseT.”
Via the GTB-UHD-HBT2, 1080p Full HD and 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) 8-bit video can be extended up to 150 meters. Resolutions up to 4K DCI-Cinema (4096 x 2160 @ 30 Hz 4:4:4) and 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz 4:2:0), along with the latest HDCP 2.2 encryption, are supported. 7.1 channels of LPCM and HBR (high bit rate) lossless digital audio including Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, DTS:X and DTS-HD Master Audio are passed through. RS-232 and 2-way IR are transferred between the Sender and the Receiver to control the A/V source and the display. POH (Power Over HDBaseT) technology provides power to the receiver unit, using the same CAT-5 cable that extends the HDMI and control signals. Plus, only the Sender needs an external power supply.
“Low profile, surface-mountable sender and receiver units fit in tight places and accommodate Gefen locking HDMI cables for secure connections,” he says. “This new feature simplifies installation for the integrator.”
Last but not least, Gefen introduced its all-new DisplayPort 1.2 Fibre Extender (EXT-DP-4K600-2FO). The latest extender sends signals over 2 strands of LC fibre optic cable with uncompromised quality and no signal degradation from compression. The DP-4K600-FO is capable of handling video resolutions up to UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 60 frames per second with no colour subsampling.
“This powerful, small form factor extender is impervious to electromagnetic interference and extends signal up to 300m ,” James says.
“This extender lends itself well to the demanding standards required for commercial, corporate and broadcast signal extension.”