Gefen is now shipping the new 4K Ultra HD 600MHz 8×8 Matrix for HDMI, which supports 18.2Gbps of bandwidth and 600MHz 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 600MHz routing products for commercial integrators.
“The Gefen 4K Ultra HD 600MHz 8×8 Matrix adds to the 600MHz 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 600MHz 8×8 Matrix routes eight 4K sources to eight 4K displays, and supports resolutions up to 4K Cinema-DCI, 4K Ultra HD 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 600MHz 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. The Matrix features analogue 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.
“All outputs are coupled with both analog 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.