Extron’s new generation of fibre optic extenders for 4K
Extron Electronics has released the FOX II 4K Series for extension, switching and distribution of 4K video, multi‑channel audio and bidirectional control signals over fibre optic cabling. The series includes the FOX II T DP 4K and FOX II T HD 4K fibre optic transmitters for DisplayPort and HDMI, as well as the FOX II R DP 4K with a Type 2 dual‑mode DisplayPort output to support DisplayPort and HDMI 4K resolution displays. They use Extron all‑digital technology for reliable delivery of video signals at resolutions up to 4096×2160. These extenders are HDCP-compliant and expand the capabilities of the Extron FOX Series fibre optic products. Available in multimode and singlemode models, the FOX II 4K Series extenders are ideal for point-to-point installations or in combination with a FOX Matrix Switcher for an enterprise-wide 4K video distribution system.
“We understand the challenges of implementing 4K resolutions in fibre optic AV systems,” says Extron vice president of sales Casey Hall.
“By supporting 4K signals and maintaining compatibility with existing products, the FOX II 4K Series adds the performance needed for the latest technologies to the award-winning FOX Series of fibre optic products.”
The FOX II 4K Series fibre optic extenders provide signal extension for moderate distances of up to 2 km (1.25 miles) over multimode fibre optic cable and extreme distances up to 30 km (18.75 miles) when using singlemode cable. Both transmitters include a buffered loop-through for a local monitor at the source. Also, the FOX II R DP 4K provides audio de‑embedding and balanced return analog stereo audio output to support a remote audio source at the receiver. Other integrator-friendly features include Key Minder, EDID Minder, audio embedding, audio gain and attenuation adjustment, bidirectional RS‑232 and IR control and real‑time system monitoring. Also, optional mounting kits such as the MBU 125 under-desk mounting kit allow signal extension from a source in a lectern to a remote display or central control room. These extenders are easy to set up and commission using Extron’s Product Configuration Software.