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ISE 2015 preview – connectivity

After a look at the video products on show at ISE 2015, next we preview connectivity solutions.

More than a dozen products for residential and commercial applications, including a new series of 4K/UHD extenders, switchers and matrixes, as well as the company’s first residential components designed to support HDCP 2.2 content protection, are being launched by Atlona at ISE 2015. The manufacturer of signal distribution solutions says it represents the largest new product launch in its 12-year history.

One important addition to the Atlona line will be components utilising HDBaseT 5Play standards. “System designers and integrators will appreciate the capability to route 4K/UHD video, audio, control, power and Ethernet over a single Cat5e/6 cable,” said Ilya Khayn, president and co-founder of Atlona.

Two new additions have been made to Adder Technology’s AdderLink Infinity range of keyboard, video and mouse extenders. The first, the AdderLink Infinity 2020, is built on the AdderLink Infinity Dual flexible KVM over IP system. Comprising a transmitter and receiver, the new dual-head, single-link system has been developed based on customer feedback, and is more affordable for those customers that don’t require the full functionality of the Infinity Dual.

The second release is an update to AIM (the AdderLink Infinity Manager). Version 4 features a new hardware platform that is more powerful than its previous server, as well as a sleeker design that should ensure it can be more efficiently rack mounted.

A new Multi-Screen Seamless Switcher is the latest addition to Analog Way’s LiveCore platform. The Ascender 16 allows LiveCore models to display either two, four, or six true seamless layers per output.

It has 12 inputs with 42 source plugs (6 HDMI, 9 DVI-I, 3 DisplayPort, 12 3G/HD/SD-SDI and 12 Universal Analogue), and can handle any source from composite video, up to 2560 x 1600, and outputs a variety of formats, including HDTV, computer formats up to 2560 x 1600, and even 4K (an optional feature supporting 3840 x 2160 and 4096 x 2160 resolutions).

German manufacturer Guntermann & Drunck is presenting innovative KVM functionality to address the need for versatile signals and functions in the AV industry.

This includes the modular KVM matrix switch ControlCenter-Digital with dynamic ports. Users can decide which ports they want to connect as computers or user modules. The dynamic input/output cards can be used either with Cat cables or with optical fibres.

As a new addition, the I/O-Card-Multi allows the use of third-party non-KVM devices with the matrix and even switches their signals together with standard KVM signals.

Showing for the first time in Europe are the VIA Collage and VIA Connect Pro collaboration solutions from Kramer Electronics. On a dedicated booth area, visitors will see how multiple participants can manage and share video, documents or files securely in real time using PC, Mac iOS and Android devices.

With the VIA Collage, Kramer says that files can be shared quickly and easily between participants or with all participants at once. The VIA Collage also allows for full 1080p/60 HD video streaming. The main unit has an HDMI input to allow the integration of an external video source. Up to six presenters’ screens can be dynamically displayed on a single display device and up to 12 can be shown simultaneously when two display devices are used.

The VIA Connect PRO allows users to share files, chat with other attendees and collaborate together on a shared document using the whiteboard feature from their own devices, in addition to being able to present their screens simultaneously.

New from Lightware is the UMX-TPS transmitter family, which includes HDBaseT extenders, wall and floor plates. These devices transmit multiple video formats at a resolution up to 4K, plus audio and control, up to a 170m distance over a single Cat cable. Designed for ever-changing environments such as small boardrooms and classrooms, the wide range of features and supported formats is said to ensure flexibility, enabling seamless use in many applications.

Sommer Cable will be showcasing its Cardinal DVM 194 modular range of devices to enable automated standby activation for conference and training room systems. The series can be used both as a fully closed system and as an open solution with free interfaces. The devices are intelligent and will recognise each other within the network. All devices can be fully assimilated into the IP environment, have a LAN link out for structured wiring – a built-in 2-port 100 Base-T switch – and are based on the same controller platform.