AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, 7 February 2017 – Building on its commitment to provide systems integrators with flexible, high performance solutions for distributing Ultra High Definition AV, Gefen, from Core Brands, today introduced two new 4K Ultra HD Video over IP products to the European market. The new Sender and Receiver KVM units (the EXT-UHDV-KA-LANS-TX and EXT-UHDV-KA-LANS-RX) join the existing family of Gefen’s Video over IP products and add 4K support, built-in scaler, video-wall controller, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), and digital/analog audio break-out. The introduction was made today at ISE 2017 at Core Brands Stand 1-N53 in the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam.
“These new Video over IP solutions build on our tradition of providing high performance, scalable, expandable, and secure AV routing and distribution over a standard 1 Gig Local Area Network,” Gefen Product Manager Jason Fitzgerald explained. “Compatibility with our existing Video over IP 1080p senders and receivers – and quick system set-up and control through the Gefen EXT-CU-LAN Matrix Controller – allow these new products to fully address the needs of commercial, light commercial, and ProAV applications.”
The new Gefen models feature HDMI and VGA inputs and outputs, and can support DVI when using Gefen HDMI-to-DVI cables. They support HDMI input resolutions up to 4K 60Hz 4:2:0 and output resolutions up to 4K 30Hz 4:4:4, HDCP 2.2 and 1.4, and 7.1 channels of HBR (High Bit Rate) lossless and LPCM digital audio up to 330 feet (100 meters). The Sender also features a VGA output for local monitoring of the input. The VGA input and output support VESA resolutions up to 1920×1200 at 60Hz (WUXGA). This product also provides RS-232 and 2-way IR routing between the Sender and the Receiver units, allowing the transfer of IR commands and RS-232 communications among all sources and the displays.
With HDMI and VGA selectable inputs, HDMI and VGA outputs, USB/KVM routing ability, 4K, and an array of new cutting-edge enhancements, the Gefen Video over IP product addresses the needs of systems integrators. Gefen is unique in delivering the enhanced network security made possible by separating the control and AV networks when using the Gefen EXT-CU-LAN Matrix Controller.
PoE (Power over Ethernet) allows the new Sender and Receiver units to be powered through a standard PoE-enabled IP network switch, without the need for external power supplies. Built in scaler and video wall controller provide great flexibility in sizing and manipulating live and signage content in installations such as sports bars and restaurants, or corporate, education, hospitality and retail establishments. Additionally, digital and analog audio break-out allow the audio from the HDMI output to be sent to a separate audio system, enhancing the impact of presentations in large venues.
The Receiver’s 4 USB outputs accommodate touch panels, a keyboard and mouse, and a variety of supported devices. This feature – along with analog audio inputs and outputs – makes these products perfect for use in collaborative and interactive installations in signage, hospitality, corporate, and educational environments.
The cable run from a Sender to a Receiver can be up to 100 meters (330 feet). The Receiver features a built in Gigabit switch, allowing the connection of additional receivers to provide daisy-chaining functionality. In applications such as digital signage, where there may be a need to replicate content on multiple displays throughout an installation, the ability to cascade receivers essentially removes the requirement for additional cables to be connected directly to the main network switch, thereby optimizing the switch size and extending the range of these units far beyond the limits of a point-to-point video distribution system.
The Sender and Receiver can be used as KVM extenders in a one-to-one system, or as nodes in a virtual matrix environment where any source can be routed to any or all displays.
The Sender features a 1U tall and half-rack-width enclosure, perfect for rack mounting using the Gefen EXT-RACK-1U-GRY rack tray (sold separately). It can also be surface mounted or be placed on a shelf. The Receiver can be surface-mounted or placed on a shelf. It is also rack mountable using the rack tray, but features a low profile enclosure that can fit in tight places. When using a Gefen IR Extender module, this receiver can be hidden away behind a display or in the equipment closet.
For more information, visit Core Brands Stand 1-N53 at ISE 2017.
Gefen is the leader in audio/video signal distribution solutions for commercial and Pro AV applications. With a heritage of practical innovation and a long roster of first-to-market products, Gefen delivers intuitive A/V distribution solutions that bridge the gap between rapidly advancing technology and real-world applications.
About Core Brands
Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic and award-winning audio, power management and control brands including ELAN®, SpeakerCraft®, Gefen®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, Furman®, Sunfire® and Xantech® to deliver a portfolio of connected home and commercial solutions to its channel partners and end users. For further information, visit www.corebrands.com.