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Extron Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

Extron 30th AnniversaryThis year, Extron celebrates 30 years of bringing uncompromising service, support, and solutions to our customers, worldwide. Extron started in 1983 with a single product designed to solve a specific problem. The RGB 100 interface converted non-standard CGA graphics card signals to an analog video format compatible with existing projectors and monitors. From this one product to the thousands produced today, Extron holds true to its goal of solving AV problems with creative innovation and backing these solutions with support and training that many AV professionals regard as the best in the industry. Over the last two years, Extron has expanded its global presence with the opening of several new regional offices. When the remaining offices open in 2013, the company will have more than 30 offices worldwide.

“We are at a very exciting time of growth here at Extron,” says Andrew C. Edwards, President and Owner of Extron Electronics. “In recent years we’ve embraced digital AV with hundreds of new products, broadened our control line to include sophisticated touchpanels, and designed fiber optic, twisted pair, and streaming technologies that have transformed the industry. Plus, with the addition of many new global offices, our customers have more convenient access to training and the latest in Extron technologies. For three decades, Extron has been characterized by our S3 Service, Support, and Solutions. S3 remains at the core of what we stand for—today, and for the next 30 years.”

Early on, Extron recognized the value of AV training for industry professionals and, in 1989, held its first full-day interfacing course. Since that time, Extron has trained thousands, and has grown to become recognized as the industry leader in AV technology education. Today, Extron’s S3 Technical Institute offers a variety of AV training programs that can be found in Extron’s worldwide offices, via the Web, and through Extron School On The Road. Extron also offers a structured certification program. Extron certifications are internationally recognized credentials earned through the completion of specialized training on the latest AV technologies. Currently, four certifications are available, with additional certification programs scheduled to begin soon.

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Extron Introduces New Multi-Window HDCP-Compliant Videowall Processing System

Extron WindoWall ProExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the WindoWall® Pro System, a powerful and versatile, yet user-friendly approach for multi-display videowall systems. It features a highly scalable architecture that delivers optimum performance and reliability. Full HDCP compliance at all HDMI inputs and outputs assures worry-free presentation of protected content. WindoWall Console software is the user interface to the system, facilitating intuitive, straightforward control and configuration of videowall systems, and the creation of presentations with multiple, independent windows for displaying graphics, HDTV, and video. The WindoWall Pro System is an ideal choice for applications that require highly reliable, multi-window videowall systems.

“The WindoWall Pro System offers HDMI input and output capability, enabling integrators and their customers to display HDCP-encrypted content on videowalls and easily incorporate digital video sources,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “This videowall system offers fast and reliable switching of HDCP-encrypted content and a host of features essential for providing uncompromised video performance for mission-critical systems.”

Each WindoWall Pro processor allows for the display of up to four windows and employs proven Extron video processing technologies to deliver a fully optimized, high quality real-time video output. Because a discrete processor is dedicated to each display unit in the videowall, WindoWall Pro is fully scalable, supporting a wide variety of display layouts from 1×2 to 2×3 and larger. The HDMI inputs, outputs, and universal analog video inputs support signal rates up to 1920×1200 and HDTV 1080p/60, plus 2K on the HDMI connections. Each WindoWall Pro processor features an HDMI background input, which allows a full motion, high resolution computer-video or HDTV signal to be used as a background image to any presentation.

To enhance and simplify integration of sources and displays, WindoWall Pro features Key Minder®, an Extron-exclusive technology. For HDMI signals with protected content, Key Minder authenticates and maintains continuous HDCP encryption between input and output devices to ensure quick and reliable switching.

Extron Ships First TeamWork Digital Collaboration Systems

Extron Teamwork 400Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the TeamWork™ 400 Digital Collaboration System and the TeamWork VGA Kit. The TeamWork 400 package supports groups of four users and is pre-configured for ease of installation with virtually any furniture system, new or currently in use. The simple and intuitive collaboration system also works with most flat panel displays, laptops, and tablets. For added flexibility, TeamWork is scalable and can be easily tailored to meet specific requirements with the addition of mounting hardware, support for legacy analog computer sources using the optional TeamWork VGA Kit, and other optional accessories. The TeamWork system is ideal for corporate and education applications that require a reliable, easy-to-use collaboration system that adapts to evolving needs.

“Since its introduction just a few short weeks ago, the TeamWork concept has resonated with AV system integrators and end-users around the world,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The response to the AV industry’s first affordable, factory-configured digital collaboration system has been overwhelmingly positive, and we pulled out all the stops to get TeamWork into the market as quickly as possible to meet the demand.”

The TeamWork system is designed for simple, intuitive operation with a minimum of training. Users simply connect their laptop or tablet to a TeamWork “Show Me” cable to start the system, then press the “Share” button to show their content on the presentation display. When done, users simply disconnect and walk away, and the TeamWork system automatically turns itself off and is ready for the next collaboration session. The TeamWork collaboration system is HDCP-compliant and supports full resolution, full frame rate digital video up to 1080p/60 and analog computer-video up to 1920×1200. Each TeamWork system package is complete and ready for installation, and includes HDMI “Show Me” cables, a switcher, a system controller, a Cable Cubby® enclosure, and other necessary system cables. Mounting hardware is optionally available to facilitate different collaboration table or work surface designs.

Extron UTS 100 Series Under Table Shelf System Now Shipping

Extron UTS 100 Series

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new UTS 100 Series Under Table Shelf System. The Extron UTS 100 Series is a unique, self-supporting, half rack width shelf that is specifically designed for use in environments where a traditional equipment rack or cabinet cannot be located beneath a table top or other furniture surface. The compact, 1U modular shelf system mounts directly to the under-surface of the table top, without rack rails, and supports any combination of half, quarter, and eighth rack products. The UTS 100 Series·can be placed next to a table leg, in the center of the table, or within reach of the system user at the table’s edge.

“In today’s ‘AV Everywhere’ environment, integrators now face the daunting challenge of finding space to mount AV system hardware in places where it won’t conflict with room function or aesthetics,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron Electronics. “The UTS 100 Series provides a simple, elegant, and cost-effective solution by eliminating the need for rack rails or specialized cabinets to support AV electronics.”

The UTS 100 Series Under Table Shelf System leverages Extron’s expertise in half rack width shelf systems and is consistent with the current standardization efforts jointly sponsored with Middle Atlantic. Extron manufactures a wide range of half, quarter, and eighth rack professional AV integration products that are ideally suited for use in products that meet the proposed half rack width system standard.

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Extron Introduces New HDCP-Compliant Multi-Window Processors

Extron MGP Pro SeriesExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the MGP 462 Pro and MGP 464 Pro, two new powerful, high resolution multi-window processors that enable the simultaneous display of multiple images on a single screen — two windows for the MGP 462 Pro and four windows for the MGP 464 Pro. Full HDCP compliance at all HDMI inputs and outputs assures worry-free presentation of protected content. The MGP Pro also provides two simultaneous outputs that generate HDMI and RGBHV video, simplifying integration with different display devices. The MGP 462 Pro and MGP 464 Pro are ideal for applications that require side-by-side display of critical quality graphics and video content from multiple sources.

“With HDMI input and output capability on the MGP 462 Pro and MGP 464 Pro, integrators and their customers can display HDCP-encrypted content in multiple windows and easily incorporate digital video sources into the AV system,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “These multi-window processors include essential features that deliver fast and reliable switching for HDCP-encrypted content, providing enhanced performance and flexibility for mission critical applications.”

To enhance and simplify integration of sources and displays, the MGP 462 Pro and MGP 464 Pro feature Key Minder®, an Extron-exclusive technology that authenticates and maintains continuous HDCP encryption between input and output devices to ensure quick and reliable switching. In addition, the MGP Pro includes Extron’s innovative Graphic Still Store, a feature that enables screen captures of the current output, or images uploaded from a PC, to be stored for use as presentation background images. Live video from an HDMI source can also serve as the background to any presentation.

For large-scale applications, two or three MGP 462 Pro or MGP 464 Pro units may be cascaded to create displays with six to 12 windows. Optional HDMI and 3G-SDI/HD-SDI inputs enable easy integration of digital video sources into AV systems, and together with the HDMI output, allow the MGP 462 Pro and MGP 464 Pro to operate within an all-digital video system.

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Extron Introduces New Scalers for 3G-SDI and HDMI Cross Conversion

Extron DSC 3G-HD A and DSC HD-3G AExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DSC 3G-HD A and the DSC HD-3G A scalers for 3G-SDI and HDMI. The DSC 3G-HD A converts 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, and SDI video signals to HDMI, while the DSC HD-3G A converts HDMI to 3G-SDI/HD-SDI/SDI. Both products feature advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing, Deep Color processing, aspect ratio control, and additional processing features for optimal format conversion and image quality. Selectable output rates are available from standard definition to HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K, plus 1920×1200 for the DSC 3G-HD A. For both products, audio from the analog stereo input or the digital video input may be embedded onto the video output. The DSC 3G-HD A and DSC HD-3G A are built for professional AV integration with many convenience features, including a user-friendly front panel interface, internal test patterns, memory presets, and control via RS-232, USB, or on-screen menus.

“When interfacing 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, and SDI signals with HDMI, simple format converters are not sufficient for addressing incompatibilities in resolutions or timings, such as when interfacing 480i with HDMI,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The powerful scaling engine and video processing features built into these scalers eliminate these issues, ensuring consistent, reliable signal conversion with high image quality.”

The DSC 3G-HD A and DSC HD-3G A offer several features that enhance and simplify AV system integration. Both scalers feature input equalization which conditions incoming 3G-SDI or HDMI signals to compensate for signal loss over long input cables. The DSC 3G-HD A includes an SDI input loop-through with reclocking to eliminate high frequency jitter. The DSC HD-3G A features a genlock input with loop-through and two simultaneous 3G-SDI/HD-SDI/SDI outputs.

Enhanced audio capabilities for both products include audio embedding, input gain and attenuation controls, and input audio muting. For the DSC 3G-HD A, analog stereo audio, or up to four pairs of AES3 audio channels from the SDI input can be embedded onto the HDMI output. With the DSC HD-3G A, analog stereo audio or HDMI multi-channel PCM audio can be embedded onto the SDI outputs.

Extron Introduces New Eight Input Scaling Presentation Switchers with DTP Extension

Extron IN1608Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the IN1608, an eight input, HDCP-compliant scaling presentation switcher with four HDMI inputs, two universal analog video inputs, and dual HDMI outputs. It also features two Extron DTP 230 twisted pair inputs and a DTP 230 output for extending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional control signals to DTP 230 transmitters and receivers, each over a single CATx cable up to 230 feet (70 meters). The IN1608 provides the convenience of supporting local and remote displays with fast and reliable switching, and a high performance scaling engine that converts all HDMI and analog sources to the optimal resolution. Selectable output resolutions are available up to 1920×1200, including 1080p and 2K. The IN1608 also includes a host of audio switching and processing features. It is available as a standard model with two stereo audio outputs, the IN1608 SA which adds a stereo 4/8 ohm power amplifier, and the IN1608 MA with a mono 70 volt amplifier. Together with flexible control options and many additional features, the IN1608 provides complete AV system integration capabilities.

“The IN1608 combines advanced scaling, multi-input switching, twisted pair signal extension, and audio amplification in one box,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “Integrators can use the built-in DTP extension to streamline system designs in conference rooms, lecture halls, and other environments with local and remote sources and displays.”

The two DTP 230 twisted pair inputs can receive signals from remote DTP 230 transmitters in areas such as a conference table, lectern, or wall for connecting a guest laptop. The DTP 230 twisted pair output can be used to transmit from an IN1608 in a rack to a DTP 230 receiver behind a flat-panel display on a wall, above a ceiling-mounted projector, or any other remote location. To simplify installation, bidirectional RS-232 and IR signals can be inserted from a control system and transmitted over the single CATx cable together with the video and audio, enabling control of a source or display. The IN1608 can also remotely power each of the DTP 230 transmitters and receiver over the same CATx cable, streamlining system design and installation.

In addition to video switching and processing, the IN1608 can serve as the central component for audio system integration. It includes eight-input audio switching, two mic/line inputs, HDMI audio embedding and de-embedding, and several audio processing features for mixing, ducking, tone adjustments, and more. Audio configuration features and options can easily be accessed through the internal Web pages, with an intuitive GUI that provides access to all available adjustments and settings. Two IN1608 models feature integrated power amplifiers. The IN1608 SA delivers stereo power amplification with 50 watts rms per channel into 4 ohms and 25 watts rms per channel into 8 ohms, while the IN1608 MA provides mono 70 volt amplification with 100 watts rms output.

The IN1608 features an advanced scaling engine that can scale HDMI, RGB, component, and standard definition video signals to a common high resolution output. It provides high performance 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing to deliver optimal image quality. To simplify integration of HDMI sources and displays, and to help ensure optimal system performance and dependability, the IN1608 features three Extron-exclusive technologies: EDID Minder®, Key Minder®, and SpeedSwitch™. EDID Minder and Key Minder automatically manage EDID communication and HDCP key negotiation between input and output devices to ensure reliable operation. With SpeedSwitch Technology, the IN1608 delivers virtually instantaneous switching speeds for HDCP-encrypted content.

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Extron MediaLink for iPad Adds Powerful New Features

MediaLink for iPadExtron is pleased to announce the latest version of MediaLink for iPad, version 1.1. This AV control system app, designed for the Apple iPad, provides an additional point of control for systems with Ethernet-enabled MediaLink controllers and their associated control modules. With this app, users can wirelessly control their AV system using a Wi-Fi network, allowing them the freedom to move from room to room. This latest release adds powerful new features, including support for Extron control modules to expand the app’s functionality in more applications and an enhanced Room Manager that eliminates the previous version’s 12 room limit, giving users the ability to use the app in larger scale installations. MediaLink for iPad 1.1 supports all generations of iPads and iPad mini and is now available for download on the App Store.

“Since its launch last spring, MediaLink for iPad has delivered the convenience of wireless, handheld AV control into hundreds of applications,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “This latest version integrates many new features that users have asked for, making this an even more powerful and flexible app.”

In addition to the features mentioned above, MediaLink for iPad version 1.1 also features Auto-reconnect, which recalls the previous session even after the app is closed, and Auto-lock override that keeps the iPad screen on and allows the app to stay active at all times. As in the previous version, each button press is tracked in real time between the app and the controller, so that both stay in sync. MediaLink for iPad supports Extron MLC 104 IP Plus and MLC 226 IP MediaLink Controllers that are configured using Global Configurator.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

Extron Introduces New TeamWork Digital Collaboration System

Extron Teamwork SystemExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce TeamWork™, a simple and intuitive collaboration system that supports groups of four to six users. TeamWork 400 and TeamWork 600 Digital Collaboration System packages are pre-configured for ease of installation with virtually any furniture system, new or currently in use. The TeamWork system also works with most flat panel displays, laptops, and tablets. For added flexibility, TeamWork is scalable and can be easily tailored to meet specific requirements with the addition of mounting hardware, support for legacy analog sources, and other optional accessories. The TeamWork system is ideal for corporate and education applications that require a reliable, easy-to-use collaboration system that adapts to evolving needs.

“The proliferation of laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices has revolutionized the way people come together to work on projects, with multiple, smaller collaboration spaces taking the place of traditional meeting rooms or classrooms on corporate and college campuses around the world,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “We designed the TeamWork system to provide AV integrators with highly flexible, pre-configured digital collaboration systems that can be quickly installed in new or existing furniture systems, with the performance, reliability, and low cost of ownership typical of all Extron products.”

The TeamWork system is designed for simple, intuitive operation with a minimum of training. Users simply connect their laptop or tablet to a TeamWork “Show Me” cable to start the system, then press the “Share” button to display their content on the presentation display. When done, users simply disconnect and walk away, and the TeamWork system automatically turns itself off and is ready for the next collaboration session. The TeamWork collaboration system is HDCP-compliant and supports full resolution, full frame rate digital video up to 1080p/60 and analog computer-video up to 1920×1200. Each TeamWork system package is complete and ready for installation, and includes HDMI “Show Me” cables, a switcher, a system controller, a Cable Cubby® enclosure with four US AC outlets, and other necessary system cables. TeamWork supports legacy analog computer sources with the optional TeamWork VGA Kit. Mounting hardware is also optionally available to facilitate different collaboration table or work surface designs.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

Extron Announces SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI Input Capabilities for Quantum Series Videowall Processors

Extron Quantum SDI BoardsExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce a new, two input 3G-SDI Card for the Quantum® Elite videowall processing system that accepts SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI signals. The new 3G-SDI input card features Extron high performance scaling technology, motion adaptive deinterlacing, and film mode cadence detection to ensure high quality image presentation on videowall displays. Automatic source format detection captures 480i and 576i SDI sources, HD-SDI sources up to 1080i/60 Hz, and 3G-SDI sources up to 1080p/60 Hz, complying with SMPTE 259M, 292M, and 424M digital video standards. SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI input support is also available for the Quantum Connect videowall processing system.

“Many videowall installations incorporate SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI signals from sources such as cameras and production equipment,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “Quantum’s 3G-SDI input card supports direct connections for these signals, eliminating the need for external conversion to DVI or other signal formats.”

Extron Quantum Series videowall processing systems deliver reliable multi-image presentations for demanding, mission-critical environments. They feature high performance graphics and video processing, and a dedicated high-speed video bus that maintains real-time performance under heavy input loads. Quantum Series processors can simultaneously display hundreds of windows of high quality graphics and video, making them ideal for medium to large videowall systems in environments including public spaces, corporate buildings, surveillance, visualization, and command and control.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

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