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Extron Introduces Long Distance DVI Twisted Pair Extender

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP DVI 330, a transmitter and receiver set for long distance transmission of DVI-D video, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR control signals up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single CATx cable. The extender provides an effective means for extending single link DVI-D or HDMI signals. In addition, the DTP DVI 330 accepts analog stereo audio signals and digitizes them for simultaneous transmission over the same twisted pair cable. The transmitter is equipped with a buffered DVI loop-through output to support a local computer monitor. The compact enclosure and remote power capability make the DTP DVI 330 ideal for extending DVI-D, audio, and bidirectional control in space-challenged environments.

“The DTP DVI 330 provides a convenient way to overcome distance challenges in applications, so that sources and devices can be added precisely where you need them,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “This extender not only ensures optimal signal quality and integrity over long distances, it also allows you to take advantage of the benefits of twisted pair.”

The DTP DVI 330 supports computer-video to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color and 2K, and is fully compatible with HDMI signals when used with the appropriate DVI-HDMI adapters from Extron. The extender can transmit HDMI signals, supporting Deep Color up to 12-bit, CEC, and embedded HD lossless audio formats. It also allows a direct connection from devices with an analog stereo audio output, such as desktop computers or laptops, and provides balanced and unbalanced audio output from the receiver.

In addition, the extender continuously maintains DDC communication of EDID and HDCP between a source and display for reliable operation, ensuring direct compatibility and optimal signal transmission between devices. The DTP DVI 330 is compatible with CAT 5e, CAT 6, CAT 7, and Extron XTP DTP 24 twisted pair cable, and can be used as a point-to-point solution or integrated within DVI switching and distribution environments to extend inputs or outputs to remote locations. For added flexibility, either the transmitter or receiver can be powered over the original twisted pair cable, allowing both devices to share one external power supply.

Extron Fiber Optic RS-232 Inserter Now Shipping

Extron FOX RS 104Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new FOX RS 104, a four port RS-232 inserter for long-haul transmission of control signals to remote source and destination equipment over fiber optic cabling. Each port provides a bidirectional fiber optic connection to an Extron FOX Series transmitter or receiver for the insertion and extraction of control data, while maintaining a continuous pass-through link for video and audio. The FOX RS 104 is ideal for use in applications with a centralized control system that require the long-haul transmission of AV and control signals over fiber optic cabling.

“The FOX RS 104 provides system designers and integrators with a simple way to provide control to remote locations,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “By embedding control data into the fiber optic AV signal, the inserter eliminates the need for separate control system wiring.”

RS-232 data from the Ethernet port is inserted onto one or more of the fiber optic outputs, providing remote monitoring and control. Reclocking on the unit’s buffered fiber optic outputs ensures signal integrity and transmits the fiber optic signal at its original power level. The FOX RS 104 maintains the performance of the optical signal transmission while providing bidirectional control from a control processor, eliminating the need for separate control system wiring to remote devices. Available in multimode and singlemode models, it is compatible with the extensive line of FOX Series extenders, distribution amplifiers, switchers, and matrix switchers.

Extron Now Shipping Economical DVI Twisted Pair Extenders

Extron DTP DVI 230 SeriesExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTP DVI 230 and DTP DVI 230 D desktop and Decora®-style twisted pair extenders. These extenders transmit DVI-D video, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR control signals up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable. The DTP DVI 230 and DTP DVI 230 D provide an economical and effective means for extending single link DVI-D or HDMI signals. The transmitters are each equipped with a buffered DVI loop-through output to support a local computer monitor. Both models feature remote power capability of either the transmitter or receiver, and can be mixed and matched for installation flexibility.

“The addition of the DTP DVI 230 and DTP DVI 230 D to our growing DTP twisted pair extender line provides our customers with valuable tools for digital AV signal distribution,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The DTP DVI 230 provides a low profile enclosure for discreet placement behind displays or beneath tables, while the DTP DVI 230 D increases system flexibility with convenient in-wall mounting that enables AV system designers and integrators to add inputs and outputs exactly where they are needed.”

The extenders support signal resolutions up to 1920×1200 and 1080p/60, and are fully compatible with HDMI signals when used with the appropriate DVI-HDMI adapters from Extron. The DTP DVI 230 and DTP DVI 230 D can transmit HDMI signals, supporting Deep Color up to 12-bit, CEC, and embedded HD lossless audio formats. They also allow a direct connection from devices with an analog stereo audio output, such as desktop computers or laptops, and provide balanced and unbalanced audio output from the receiver.

In addition, the extenders continuously maintain DDC communication of EDID and HDCP between a source and display for reliable operation, ensuring direct compatibility and optimal signal transmission between devices. The DTP DVI 230 and DTP DVI 230 D are compatible with CAT 5e, CAT 6, and CAT 7 twisted pair cable, and can be used as a point-to-point solution or integrated with a switching and distribution system to extend inputs or outputs to remote locations. Extron XTP DTP 24 shielded twisted pair cable is available for optimal performance, providing added protection from outside interference.

TouchLink for iPad Now Available

Extron TouchLink for iPadWe are pleased to announce the immediate availability of TouchLink® for iPad, an easy-to-use AV control system app designed for the Apple iPad. TouchLink for iPad provides users with an additional point of control for rooms equipped with any TouchLink touchpanel. The app is compatible with projects created using Global Configurator 3.5, which is also available now. With this app, presenters can wirelessly control their AV system using a Wi-Fi network, allowing them the freedom to move around the room, or even between rooms. Each button press is tracked in real time between the app and the touchpanel, so that both stay in sync. TouchLink for iPad requires no additional GUI configuration, as it emulates the interface of the existing touchpanel. TouchLink for iPad is available for download now on the App Store.

“TouchLink for iPad brings all of the functionality and ease-of-use of our TouchLink touchpanels to the iPad,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “Features such as Demo Mode, Auto-Reconnect, and Global Configurator 3.5 compatibility, make TouchLink for iPad a very powerful and flexible app.”

TouchLink for iPad is compatible with all current versions of the iPad, including the iPad mini. To safeguard against theft in high traffic environments, the Extron TLM 100T, secure mounting enclosure can secure most iPads to a tabletop, wall, or other flat surface. For more information on TouchLink for iPad, please contact your Extron Customer Support Representative.

To view a product video and for more information, please visit www.extron.com/touchlinkforipadpr.

Extron GlobalViewer Enterprise 2.0 Brings Enhanced Functionality and Powerful New Features

Extron GlobalViewer 2.0Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce GlobalViewer® Enterprise 2.0. This advanced, server-based software takes enterprise-wide scheduling, monitoring, and help-desk functionality to a new level. Building on an already powerful feature set, this latest version provides a host of new and enhanced features that streamline and simplify many common AV tasks. Microsoft® .NET® technology allows GlobalViewer Enterprise to integrate with third-party facility scheduling software for viewing room availability and managing meeting schedules. Working in conjunction with GVE, Extron’s mobile AV resource management app, iGVE has been updated with several new features as well. This latest version of iGVE is available for download on the Apple App Store.

“Since its introduction five years ago, GlobalViewer Enterprise has proven to be a powerful tool for our customers looking for enterprise-scale AV management,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “GVE 2.0 leverages this robust platform, offering many customer-requested features that enhance functionality and ease of use.”

In addition to the features found in the current version of GlobalViewer Enterprise, version 2.0 offers many enhancements, including the ability to import up to five configurations at once; at-a-glance import status with progress bars and new icons; mouse-over tool tips for system menu, enhanced Event Alert List that is always visible or accessible in Help Desk and Monitor views; and added drag and drop functionality for rooms within Tree Manager. Also, with the addition of Google Chrome, this latest vesion of GlobalViewer Enterprise now supports all four of the most popular browsers.

There are many other new features as well. For a full description of the new capabilities of GlobalViewer Enterprise 2.0, please visit www.extron.com or contact your Extron Customer Support Representative.

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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