Three new distribution amplifiers for residential and commercial AV systems are being unveiled in Hall 5 at ISE 2016. They include Atlona’s first amp to feature HDMI-to-HDBaseT distribution of 4K/UHD @ 60Hz/4:2:0 video, HDCP 2.2 support, PoE, EDID management and advanced display control features such as CEC for use with home TVs.
The line consists of the 8-output AT-UHD-CAT-8, the 4-output AT-UHD-CAT-4, and the 4-output AT-UHD-CAT-4ED, which has extended-distance outputs for 100m performance as well as Ethernet-enabled HDBaseT transmission. The UHD-CAT-8 and UHD-CAT-4 provide up to 70m performance.
Michael Khain, VP product development/engineering, Atlona, said: “Our new amps manage long distance distribution of protected 4K/UHD content and enable full control of remote displays without a separate control system. These features, and PoE to power remote HDBaseT receivers, greatly simplify installation and improve system reliability. Having CEC means the amps’ remote control features will work with just about any new digital TV or monitor someone wants to use.”
In addition to HDBaseT outputs, the new amps provide an HDMI output for signal pass-through and daisy-chaining. All three are also equipped with one IR and RS-232 connection for the amp, and one for each output channel. The UHD-CAT-4ED is also equipped with an Ethernet input for systems using IP-based control.
All the new amps are rack-mountable. The UHD-CAT-8 fits in one full-width single RU space. The UHD-CAT-4 and UHD-CAT-4ED fit in a half-width single RU space. They will be available in Q2 this year.