Lightware highlights matrix switcher

At InfoComm Lightware USA will showcase the latest matrix switcher; a 4K, TPS and HDMI 1.4 input board; an HDMI distribution amplifier; and 4K TPS I/O boards from Lightware Visual Engineering.

The MX8x8 HDMI 2.0 is a 4K/UHD 4:4:4 60Hz HDMI 2.0 8x8 standalone matrix switcher that debuted at ISE 2016.  

It is suitable for use in offices and meeting rooms and offers 4K/UHD resolution at 60Hz 4:4:4 with 18Gbps speed per port.  It supports HDMI 2.0, which increased maximum throughput to allow for 4K resolution at 60fps.  The HDMI 2.0 standard also includes the options of Rec. 2020 colour space, 25fps 3D formats, dual video streams, and up to four audio streams.  

The switcher also supports HDCP 2.2 next-generation content protection.  HDCP 2.2’s advanced encryption ensures secure connection between source and display.

Lightware’s MX-4TPS2-4HDMI-IB, a 4K, TPS and HDMI 1.4 input board, will make its debut at InfoComm.  The input board has four HDMI and four HDBaseT single CAT inputs providing HDMI 1.4, audio, Ethernet and RS-232 extension on a single CAT5/6/7 cable up to 120m in HDBaseT and up to 170m in Long reach mode (maximum resolution in Long reach mode is Full HD 1080p).

Resolutions up to 4K/UHD (30Hz RGB 4:4:4, 60Hz YCbCr 4:2:0) and 48-bit colour depth are handled with all standard audio formats as well as 120Hz 3D signals. The board is compatible with deep colour, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio.  PoE is offered as an add-on.

Lightware will also introduce the DA2-HDMI-4K-Plus-A, an HDMI distribution amplifier with audio embedder, de-embedder and HDCP.  It is designed for rental and staging, military, medical, digital signage, multi-room video, and conference rooms and collaborative telepresence applications. 

It offers 4K/UHD (30Hz RGB 4:4:4, 60Hz YCbCr 4:2:0) and 3D capabilities and keeps sources’ HDMI 1.4 or DVI output continuously active. The new multifunctional distribution amplifier features built-in Advanced EDID Management and pixel accurate reclocking with or without HDCP encryption.  The output signal is reclocked and stabilised using Lightware technology to remove jitter caused by long cable runs or poor quality sources. The DA2-HDMI-4K-Plus-A can be rack-mounted or used standalone.   

In addition, Lightware’s 25G-8TPS2-OB and –IB 4K TPS output and input boards will be unveiled at InfoComm 2016.  The I/O boards offer PoE options for Lightware’s 25G hybrid routers and boast eight HDBaseT output and input ports.  They are compatible with the full range of Lightware TPS extenders and HDBaseT compliant third-party transmitters.

The 25G-8TPS2-OB and –IB feature HDMI 1.4 compliant video input over HDBaseT with a resolution of up to 4K/UHD (30Hz RGB or YCbCr 4:4:4, 60Hz YCbCr 4:2:0).  They have a video pass-through of 4:2:0 3840x2160@60Hz.

The input board handles embedded audio in the HDMI substream of the HDBaseT signal and can de-embed 2-channel LPCM and various IEC 61937 audio formats to the Forward Audio Layer.  It also supports embedding such audio streams from the Return Audio Layer to the HDMI signal.  

 The output board can de-embed two-channel LPCM and various IEC 61937 audio formats from the HDMI substream of the HDBaseT signal to the Return Audio Layer.  It can also embed such audio streams from the Forward Audio Layer to the output HDBaseT signal. All audio options of the output and input boards are software-configurable on a per-port basis.

The 25G-8TPS2-OB and –IB support a number of media layers: video layer with embedded audio, forward audio layer, return audio layer, Ethernet layer, USB KVM layer, Infra layer, Consumer Electronics Control layer, and RS-232 and RS-422 control layers. The output and input boards also have digital or analog audio and remote powering add-ons.  

Lightware USA will exhibit at Booth C4819 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during InfoComm 2016, June 8 to 10.

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