Atlona introduced the AT-UHD-SYNC, a palm-sized, USB-powered 4K HDMI emulator and tester
USA - Introducing a single component to address an array of AV switching and processing needs often encountered in boardrooms, classrooms and other presentation settings, Atlona announced at InfoComm 2014 its most advanced 4K-capable, HDBaseT switcher for systems which need to accept multiple digital and analogue inputs as selectable sources for displays located as far as 230 feet away.

The new Model AT-UHD-CLSO-612 is equipped with two HDBaseT, two HDMI, and two analogue inputs, and provides switching, up- and down-scaling, converting, audio de-embedding, and signal extension capabilities in a single rack-unit enclosure. According to the company, it is the first scaler that can take a 4K signal and display it on 1080p monitor.

"Switchers for single room systems, particularly in education settings, haven't addressed customers' needs in terms of providing inputs on lecterns, conference tables, and locations distant from the switcher," said Atlona commercial product manager Bill Schripsema, CTS. "Lots of separate boxes were making scaling, converting, and delivering the signal to the display more complicated, more costly, and less reliable than needed. The CLSO-612 takes care of all the important steps in getting content from any source to whatever display and audio system the customer is using, including 4K monitors or projectors."

Also at InfoComm, Atlona introduced the AT-UHD-SYNC, a palm-sized, USB-powered 4K HDMI emulator and tester. The UHD-SYNC can also regenerate the signal from an HDMI 1.2 source, typically a cable set-top box, enabling it to be used with components and displays equipped with newer HDMI 1.3 or 1.4 technology, including Ultra HDTVs. According to the company, it is only device on the market to provide this adaptive technology for UHD displays.

"The UHD-SYNC can be used both to identify and eliminate the signal interoperability problems that commonly pop-up between cable boxes and new TVs, AV receivers and other components," said Steve Heintz, senior product manager for Atlona. "There are quite literally millions of cable boxes out there equipped with HDMI 1.2 that simply aren't going to sync with new HDTVs, UHDTVs, or HDMI matrix switchers. In those situations, you can put the UHD-SYNC inline between the source and TV, receiver, or switcher, and that's your solution. In other situations, the UHD-SYNC is going to tell the installer that all that's needed is to replace a cable."

Equipped with LEDs to indicate the presence and state of 5V, hot plug, and HDCP signals, the new UHD- SYNC also has a built-in EDID emulator to ensure the source delivers a suitable signal to the display, even in cases where cable damage or lengthy connections interfere with EDID signals from the display. The emulator provides nine preset modes as well as a learning mode in the event the customer's display does not conform to one of the presets. The UHD-SYNC measures less than three inches in width and depth, and less than one inch tall. The USB port allows the device to be powered by another component without an additional power supply or outlet.

(Jim Evans)

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