01.04.12

Extron introduces HDMI distribution amplifier

Extron Electronics has introduced the HDMI DA2, a one input, two output distribution amplifier for HDMI video and embedded multi-channel digital audio.

The unit supports HDMI specification features including data rates up to 6.75 Gbps, Deep Color up to 12-bit, 3D, Lip Sync, and HD lossless audio formats. The HDCP-compliant distribution amplifier supports HDTV rates including 1080p/60 and PC resolutions up to 1920x1200.

It features EDID Minder, which maintains continuous EDID communication between connected devices; and Key Minder, which authenticates and maintains continuous HDCP encryption between input and output devices.

The compact HDMI DA2 is suitable for applications that require the distribution of an HDMI source signal to two displays.

It features, including automatic input cable equalisation, automatic bit depth management, selectable output muting, and indicators for monitoring and troubleshooting. Input cable equalisation restores and reshapes incoming HDMI signals, reducing the need for additional signal conditioning equipment by compensating for weak source signals or signal loss from a long input cable.

The HDMI DA2 automatically adjusts colour bit depth based on the display EDID, preventing colour compatibility conflicts between source and display. Outputs can be muted independently via RS-232, allowing content to be previewed on a local monitor. Additionally, the distribution amplifier provides immediate visual confirmation of EDID status, HDCP authentication, and signal presence confirmation for each port via front panel LED indicators.