Building on its commitment to provide systems integrators with a comprehensive
range of signal management solutions, Gefen from Core Brands has announced that it
is now shipping the new 4K Ultra HD 600 MHz 8×8 Matrix for HDMI, which supports
18.2 Gbps of bandwidth and 600 MHz TMDS Clock frequency – the highest specified
under the HDMI 2.0 standard. According to Gefen product manager Jason Fitzgerald,
the new matrix rounds out Gefen’s line of 600 MHz routing products for commercial
integrators.

“The Gefen 4K Ultra HD 600 MHz 8×8 Matrix adds to the 600 MHz signal management
line of products, which now includes all of the major categories of switchers, splitters,
and matrices that make up the backbone of any commercial AV installation,’
Fitzgerald said. “The new 8×8 matrix provides integrators with a powerful solution for
signal distribution in professional applications at a very competitive price point.’

Capable of handling the most demanding specifications of the HDMI 2.0 standard, the
4K Ultra HD 600 MHz 8×8 Matrix routes eight 4K sources to eight 4K displays, and
supports resolutions up to 4K Cinema-DCI (4096 x 2160 up to 60 Hz, 4:4:4), 4K Ultra
HD (3860 x 2160 up to 60 Hz, 4:4:4) with HDR, 1080p Full HD, and WUXGA
(1920×1200). It also supports HDCP 2.2 and 1.4, 3DTV pass-through and Lip Sync
pass-through.

“The 4K Ultra HD 600 MHz 8×8 Matrix is the largest format matrix that we offer with
HDMI 2.0 capability,’ Fitzgerald continued. “With eight inputs and eight outputs, it
strikes a great balance between price and input/output capability.’

In addition to full HDMI 2.0 and HDR compliance, the 8×8 Matrix incorporates new
audio features that help enhance the user experience. Recognising that audio is just
as important as video, the Matrix features analog and digital audio outputs that break
out the audio stream (two-channel analogue, two-channel PCM, and up to 5.1 channel
Bitstream) from each HDMI source, allowing the de-embedded audio content to be
sent to external amplifiers and music distribution systems for added impact in bars,
restaurants, clubs, venues, and corporate offices.

“All outputs are coupled with both analogue and digital audio break-outs, making the
connection to a centralised audio distribution system easy,’ Fitzgerald added.

In addition, highest performance multichannel digital audio is passed through,
including 7.1 channels of LPCM and HBR (High Bit Rate) digital audio formats, such as
Dolby Atmos®, Dolby® TrueHD, DTS:X™, and DTSHD Master Audio™.

The new matrix includes a Professional API feature that provides previously
unattainable data, allowing for exciting interaction with third-party control/monitoring
systems. This product has also been designed to work with the Gefen Syner-G™
software to simplify initial IP configuration and EDID Management. Each source can be
routed to any or all displays, using the front-panel push buttons or the included
handheld IR Remote Control. An easy-to-read, super-bright OLED front panel display
indicates routing status and IP settings. Control can be administered by using the IR,
RS-232, IP, or web interfaces. It’s easy to install, configure, and manage.

Gefen EXT-UHD-600A-88 matrix is housed in a 2U tall, rack-mountable enclosure that
can also be placed on a shelf. It accommodates Gefen locking HDMI cables to ensure
secure connections.

As the sole distributor of Gefen products in South Africa, Peripheral Vision has
confirmed that they will be carrying the Gefen EXT-UHD-600A-88. For further
information, kindly visit: http://www.peripheralvision.co.za/brand.asp?
ID=194&title=GEFEN