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New Ultra HD Solutions from Gefen Allow Signal Distribution, Integration and Extension of 4K Displays

Gefen is showing a selection of products supporting Ultra HD 4k resolutions, just in time for the arrival of 4k displays equipped to handle Ultra HD signal processing. Seven new products in the ToolBox line include splitters for HDMI, which send A/V to multiple displays, and matrix/switchers for HDMI, which access multiple sources with matrix switching to one or more displays.

“All of these new products include backwards compatibility with 1080p or 2k resolutions making them very useful additions to any existing or newly installed system that wants to be viable in the near future too,” said Hagai Gefen, president, Gefen.

Three new Gefen ToolBox Splitters for 4k Ultra HD offer 1:2, 1:4 and 1:8 distributions for HDMI. Resolutions up to 4k can be delivered to all connected displays at the same time with support for HDCP. All three splitters are wall-mountable and in black or white enclosures that allow a convenient and easy installation near the source or behind the connected displays.

Three new Gefen ToolBox Switchers for 4k Ultra HD come in 4×1, 4×2 and 6×2 configurations. The 4×1 Switcher gives access to four sources using one display with the ability to switch between all sources. The 4×2 Matrix Switcher gives access to four sources using two switchable, independent displays. The 6×2 Matrix Switcher gives access to six sources using two switchable, independent displays. All include Gefen FST (Fast Switching Technology) to eliminate switching delays and improve the HDCP authentication process when handling protected content.

Gefen will also show a new Gefen ToolBox Extender for 4k Ultra HD, delivering resolutions up to 4k along with RS-232 and bi-directional IR using one fiber optic cable. Long distances up to 1000 feet (300m) can be reached using this sender/receiver system along with a single fiber optic cable terminated in SC. Wall or desktop-mounting enclosures allows maximum flexibility when installing the products.

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Three new Video Wall and Multiview Solutions from Gefen Debut at Infocomm

Three new products from Gefen make their first appearance at InfoComm, offering advanced methods of seamless source switching with video wall creation for commercial applications.

The 1:4 HD Video Wall Controller for HDMI is ideal for creating a 2×2 video wall consisting of four displays with bezel adjusting control. It has the ability to show the same video on one large display or on all four displays. Video is scaled for optimal output supporting resolutions up to 1080p full HD. Adjustable border control allows users to refine the video for a high quality presentation. An on-screen menu system accessible through front panel buttons, IP control, RS-232 and IR remote control guides users through system setup, all features and control.

The 4×1 Multiview Switcher for HDMI is a seamless switcher that connects four sources to one display. It has dual functionality in that it can switch between all four sources and output the selected source to a single display, or it can output all four sources as individual windows on a single display for picture-in-picture functionality. Each output is scaled and sized for maximum display size. Seamless switching enables an instantaneous switch with no delay or picture loss. HDCP is fully supported. Users access all features through an on-screen display via front panel buttons, IP control, RS-232 or IR remote control.

The 4×4 Multiview Matrix for HDMI is a seamless matrix switcher that integrates four different sources and four displays using HDMI. It can route any of the sources to any one of the four displays or it can output all four sources as four windows on a single display or any combination in between. Access to all features and functions is through an on-screen display using front panel buttons, IP control, RS-232 or IR remote control.

“The 4×4 Multiview Matrix for HDMI is the only inexpensive seamless switching matrix on the market today that enables an instantaneous switch with no delay or picture loss,” said Hagai Gefen, president, Gefen. “HDCP and resolutions up to 1080p full HD are fully supported.”

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Gefen Shows New Digital Connectivity Solutions at InfoComm

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen unveils new system integration hardware and innovative solutions for professional and commercial applications.

1:4 HD Video Wall Controller for HDMI

Creates a 2×2 video wall consisting of four displays with bezel adjusting control. It has the ability to show the same video on one large display or on all four displays. Video is scaled for optimal output supporting resolutions up to 1080p full HD. Adjustable border control allows users to refine the video for a high quality video presentation.

4×1 Multiview Switcher for HDMI

Connects four sources to one display. It has dual functionality in that it can switch between all four sources and output the selected source to a single display, or it can output all four sources as individual windows on a single display for picture-in-picture functionality.

4×4 Multiview Matrix for HDMI

Integrates four different sources and four displays using HDMI. It can route any of the sources to any one of the four displays or it can output all four sources as four windows on a single display or any combination in between.

Splitters for 4k Ultra HD

Available in 1:2, 1:4 and 1:8 distributions for HDMI, these splitters deliver resolutions up to 4k to all connected displays at the same time with support for HDCP.

Switchers for 4k Ultra HD

Available in 4×1, 4×2 and 6×2 configurations, the 4×1 Switcher gives access to four sources using one display. The 4×2 Matrix Switcher gives access to four sources using two switchable, matrixed displays. The 6×2 Matrix Switcher gives access to six sources using two switchable, matrixed displays.

Extender for 4k Ultra HD

Delivers resolutions up to 4k along with RS-232 and bi-directional IR using one fiber optic cable. Long distances up to 1000 feet (300m) can be reached using this sender/receiver system along with a single fiber optic cable terminated in SC.

Modular Matrixes for HDMI

The 32×32 Modular Matrix and the 16×16 Modular Matrix both accommodate a custom mix of up to 16 or 32 inputs using HDMI and output boards in 8x increments for HDMI with optional HDBaseT modules built-in with separate receiver units.

USB to Audio Decoder

Outputs high quality sound from any laptop or desktop computer using the USB port offering up to 192kHz high resolution audio quality. Audio may be output as digital optical audio or left/right stereo for analog audio streaming on the computer or laptop.

Wireless for HDMI Extender

Uses 60Ghz technology to deliver high definition video with 3D pass-through up to 100 feet (30m) in distance making it ideal for both in-room and through-walls applications. It supports 1080p full HD content along with multi-channel audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

DVI Extender over CAT-6 with Galvanic Isolation

Extends DVI up to 330 feet (100m) in distance using one CAT-6a cable. The DVI Galvanic Isolator provides up to 5kV protection at the receiver side from ground loops that can potentially (in extreme cases) cause system damage and electric shock.

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New Daisy Chain System from Gefen Extends 100 Displays by Daisy Chaining from one Display to the Next using Video over IP Technology

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced the availability of its new Daisy Chain HD System, which creates a large infrastructure for wiring displays using CAT-5 cable. The system includes sender, splitter and receiver units—all interconnected in a daisy chain concept. All three units work together to extend 1080p full HD with RS-232 and IR control signals using the same CAT-5 cable.

Similar to a tree scenario, the system uses splitters to create new “branches.” Users can create up to ten branches each supporting ten displays. Individual displays can be mounted next to each other or up to 100 meters apart. Source video is sent to the sender then over a single CAT-5 cable to the splitter. The splitter outputs two signals: one that connects to a receiver and display; and another that connects to another splitter. Each splitter also provides one HDMI output for a local display connection. Alternatively, the Daisy Chain HD System can create a straight daisy chain to 30 displays from one splitter to the next splitter.

This new system works with all hi-def displays and video sources using HDMI supporting Blu-ray players, satellite set-top boxes and tablets. IR and RS-232 controls key features of the display, including powering displays on and off and switching source inputs.

“This is an evolutionary new daisy chain concept for many commercial applications, particularly digital signage-type video walls,” said Hagai Gefen, president, Gefen. “This solution uses Video over IP technology to route hi-def video to 100 displays and is a great fit for any commercial applications that use multiple displays such as airport terminals.”

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GAVA (Gefen A/V Automation) Now Offers a Free “App” for Customers Using Apple and Android Smart Phones and Tablets

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced the availability of a free GAVA App to provide users with enhanced access to audio/video devices, window shades and lighting when using smart phones and tablets as the controller. While GAVA does not require an app to operate, the GAVA App does maximize accessibility when using mobile devices.

GAVA is an automation and control system that uses a home or business Local Area Network (LAN) to control all audio/video devices, lighting and window shades in a home or commercial environment. It offers anywhere/anytime control of AV systems with a simple and easy interface that requires little programming. GAVA provides all software and hardware needed for configuration. It uses IP connectivity to access devices in the system including receivers, switchers, Blu-ray players, Apple TV, iTunes, set-top boxes and displays. To install, users walk through a wizard-type setup, and GAVA is given a unique IP address that enables any authorized smart phone, tablet or device with wi-fi or Ethernet access to the system. Although designed to run on a network, GAVA does not require Internet access for configuration or use.

“The new GAVA App uses a caching system on your mobile device so it doesn’t need to re-load data, providing a faster and smoother loading time when you’re using other apps or when you’re on the phone,” said Orrin Charm, GAVA product manager for Gefen. “The GAVA App also makes it easier to find GAVA and to manage multiple GAVA systems.

Another appealing feature of the GAVA App for those who may be on the fence about purchasing a GAVA for their home or business is the free “Demo Systems” mode. When in this mode, GAVA can be demonstrated without an actual system connected or network access.

The iOS App supports iOS versions 5.1 or higher and is available for free download on the Apple iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gava/id599510511?mt=8

The Android version requires Android versions 4.2 or higher, and is available for free download on the Google Play Store:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nomossystem.gavaapp

The free GAVA App is designed to work with GAVA. Users can also integrate Gefen’s Professional Automation Control System (PACS) and Mini PACS systems, which convert IP to IR or RS-232 to control devices without a network interface connection when using the GAVA App.

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New Gefen Extender for DisplayPort Streamlines Power Requirements and Supports High Resolution Video Extension to 100 Feet

Professionals working with high resolution video graphics up to 2560×1600 now have an easy way to extend their display from the computer using two CAT-7 cables. Gefen’s new DisplayPort Extender over CAT-7 sends audio/video up to 100 feet (30m) in distance from computer to display. Those working with resolutions up to 1920×1200 can use the same extender with only one CAT-7 cable.
Wall mountable sender and receiver units deliver audio and video from the DisplayPort source over the CAT-7 cabling to the display. Power is required at the sender unit only; the receiver unit receives its power using the CAT-7 cable.
Additional features include 16 different EQ adjustments using a rotating switch on the receiver unit. The receiver’s HPD Auto Calibration switch allows a full calibration of the connected display with no training needed in video technology. A locking power supply on the sender unit improves system stability.
The Gefen DisplayPort Extender over CAT-7 is currently shipping and includes sender unit receiver unit, six-foot local DisplayPort cable and locking power supply.

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Gefen Introduces Three New KVM Extenders Using Video Over IP Technology to Deliver Audio, Video, USB, Microphone and RS-232 over a Local Area Network (LAN)

Streaming KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) signals over a Gigabit Ethernet infrastructure is the newest solution Gefen provides to improve computer accessibility anywhere in the building.

Three new solutions: the HDMI KVM over IP; DVI KVM over IP and VGA KVM over IP extenders, all provide an effective way to extend peripherals over CAT-5 cable to access computer video, audio, and control from any room within the LAN. High definition video resolution up to 1080p is supported using the same CAT-5 cable with additional benefit of sending two channels audio, microphone in/out, USB, RS-232 and IR.

“Any one of these new KVM over IP extenders provides accessibility between different rooms, switching and broadcasting information using up to 16 sender and receiver combinations,” said Hagai Gefen, president, Gefen. “You can also place sender and receiver units up to 200 meters apart
through the Gigabit switch for increased distances.”

Once installed, sender and receiver units connect to each other using one CAT-5 cable or through the Ethernet switch. The sender and receiver units can be rack mounted or simply placed as desk top units. The receiver provides KVM functionality with audio using the same network. Two USB ports support computer peripheral connectivity at the Receiver unit side.

All three extenders’ video formats (VGA, DVI, HDMI) can be interchanged between sender and receiver units over the same network, allowing an easy method of multi-format system integration. Each sender can also connect to multiple receivers when set into the broadcast mode to deliver the same source to multiple destinations. Up to 16 senders and receivers can be used in a single networked system.

For advanced users, sender and receiver units can be configured to unique IP addresses. Each receiver unit provides two independent Ethernet jacks for connecting additional senders, receivers or other IP-based equipment. Built-in EDID management ensures signal integrity during all switching activity. The HDMI KVM over LAN product is also HDCP-compliant.

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Gefen Slashes the Price of its Digital Signage Media Player Supporting 1080p Full HD Playback

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced that it has reduced the MSRP of the HD Digital Signage Media Player (EXT-HD-DSMP). Now priced at $299.00 (US), this player offers an affordable entry into the digital signage media player market with some sophisticated features like Gefen CMS (Content Management Software) and support for 1080p Full HD resolutions.

The HD Digital Signage Media Player is a stand alone, Linux-based solution that connects to the network for content delivery and outputs directly to any HDTV display using HDMI, component or composite connectivity with audio. Calendar-based scheduling is included so users can easily schedule and manage all content from their desktop. Based on widely used file transfer protocol (FTP), content can be pushed to the HD Digital Signage Media Player or pulled based on automated calendar scheduling.

This media player offers constant feedback for key functions such as looping playback, system status and uploaded content. An intuitive directory and file structure can be managed through any text-based editing program for added convenience.

Two USB 2.0 ports are available and can be used to store content on a flash drive or external hard drive. The player ships with one 4GB USB flash drive so it is ready to use right out of the box.

Today’s most popular video formats are supported including MPEG 1/2/4, DivX 3/4/5/6, XVid and H.264/AVC video codecs as well as audio formats such as MP3, MPEG, WMA, PCM, LPCM, ADPCM, FLAC, WAV, AAC, OGG and MKA.

Integrated wall mounting brackets and a durable footprint allow the HD Digital Signage Media Player to be mounted discreetly behind any connected display for a convenient installation.

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New GefenTV Extender for HDMI Offers Cost-Effective Pricing for Shorter Runs using HDBaseT Technology

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced the shipping of its new HDBaseT Extender for HDMI over CAT-5 cable, priced under $500 (US). It delivers HDMI at full resolution 1080p full HD without any compression up to 230 feet (70m) in distance.

“In exchange for a slightly shorter range of extension, you can save some money on signal extension while retaining a very high quality HDMI delivery,” explained Hagai Gefen, president and CEO, Gefen. “The shorter range GefenTV Extender for HDMI over CAT-5 provides a viable alternative to other longer distance, more expensive extension solutions.”

One CAT-5 cable is used to send HDMI along with multi-channel audio including DTS-Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. 3DTV content is supported when combined with a 3D-ready source and display. The GefenTV Extender for HDMI uses compact desktop or wall mountable sender and receiver units. It comes with mounting plates and locking power supplies to assist with an easy installation.

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Gefen’s New 8×8 Matrix for HDMI with FST Currently Shipping

Gefen’s recently announced Gefen ToolBox 8×8 CrossPoint Matrix for HDMI with FST (Fast Switching Technology) is currently shipping. Ideal for digital signage, post-production or home theater applications, this wall-mountable matrix connects any eight high definition sources to any eight HDTV displays. It works with Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, tablets and set-top boxes as well as displays and projectors equipped with HDMI. Users switch 1080p full HD video with digital audio between all eight hi-def sources and displays with support for 3DTV pass-through.

This matrix comes with Gefen’s FST, which vastly improves the time it takes for HDMI to switch different sources to a display. A transition that could typically take up to 10 seconds is now reduced to no delay. This is achieved through an improvement of the HDCP (high-bandwidth digital content protection) handshaking process, which has been implemented into this new 8×8 matrix.

The Gefen ToolBox 8×8 Matrix for HDMI with FST comes in a slender enclosure that can be mounted on any wall. Installation requires the connection of up to eight sources and eight displays to the Matrix’s eight HDMI inputs and outputs. Convenient front-panel control buttons, IR remote, RS-232 and IP control options are all available for system automaton.

“This enhanced 8×8 matrix also offers a lower price point compared to previous, similar product offerings, making it a great buy,” added Hagai Gefen, president and CEO. Gefen.

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