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Gefen Wins Three Awards

Building upon its heritage in delivering best-in-class solutions, Gefen has been recognized with three awards
in Q1 2014. While each award honors a unique product from Gefen’s lineup, reliability, quality and innovation played crucial roles in the key areas of wireless high definition signal extension, fiber optic extension and system integration.

Wireless HD Extension

The GefenTV Wireless for HD 60GHz extender took home the Electronic House Product of the Year award at CES 2014. Selected by a panel of distinguished industry leaders along with the editors of Electronic House and CE Pro, this new solution joins an exclusive group of products deemed the most noteworthy at CES. The Wireless for HD 60GHz extender transmits uncompressed 1080p full HD content up to 33 feet (10 meters) supporting 3DTV and all audio formats including High Bit Rate (HBR) 7.1 channel Dolby True-HD and DTS-HD Master Audio. It uses wireless technology based on the 60 GHz EHF (Extremely High Frequency) radio band. This method of extension eliminates the need to run cables, making it a great solution for retrofits or any environment that wants to streamline cabling. Because data is transported wirelessly, this solution is ideal for use in hotels, cruise ships, conference centers, historical buildings and anywhere it is challenging to run long-range cables.

High Resolution Signal Extension

Gefen was recognized for its part in the implementation of Reality Deck at Stoney Brook University at the Digital Signage Expo 2014. The Silver Apex Award was received by Gefen at the opening-night banquet in Las Vegas. This winning project was chosen from a field of more than 100 entrants. All projects were individually assessed on the basis of originality and innovation by three independent panels, all of whom have long reported on the digital signage sector and are recognized as versant in current industry trends.

Reality Deck is a permanent installation in the Center for Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology in Stony Brook University’s Research & Development Park. It the first 1.5 billion pixel surround installation of high resolution LCD displays with real-world immersive capabilities. After a decade of planning, Reality Deck tiled more than 400 displays along four walls so anyone standing in the room has a very realistic view of large-scale, scientific, computerized data. To transport data from the machine room to the Reality Deck, the team selected an assortment of Gefen DisplayPort Extreme Fiber Optic extenders in 75 and 100 foot distances. Displays had to support very high video resolutions of 2560×1440 to ensure an absolutely pristine transmission of video with no degradation.

System Integration

Gefen’s 32×32 Modular Matrix for HDMI took home an award from NewBay Media’s first annual Product Innovation Awards. Honoring product introductions that serve TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio users, Gefen’s 32×32 Modular Matrix was recognized in the Video/TV category for excellence in manufacturing. Winners were selected by a panel of professional users.

This solution routes up to 32 sources to 32 displays in any configuration. Optional extension over CAT-5 cable via 8x output boards using HDBaseT adds flexibility to the customization of the infrastructure. Displays can be located anywhere within a 330 foot (100 meter) distance of the matrix frame. Users can tailor their outputs to enable displays in increments of eight to be connected locally or extended using modular output boards. Gefen’s POL (Power Over Line) technology eliminates the need to power the receiver units, which obtain their power from the matrix. Gefen FST (Fast Switching Technology) is included, improving the HDCP authentication process and reducing switching time to nearly zero. EDID management settings are included to ensure a stable connection even when powering on/off individual displays and/or sources. Dual, redundant power supplies offer added security for a reliable performance.

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