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Lightware HDMI Optical Extenders

Lightware U.S.A has announced the introduction of its 100, 100R and 200R series of HDMI Optical Extenders. The new HDMI-OPT series devices extend HDMI 1.3, DVI 1.0, HDCP 1.1 compliant and bidirectional RS-232 signals over one multimode fiber and transmit the video signal with embedded audio up to 2,600 meters.

It also offers EDID management; pixel-accurate reclocking; dual output with a built-in distribution amplifier (available in specific product types); and up to 1920x1200 or 2048x1080 resolution with 36-bit deep color and embedded audio.

“With the new HDMI-OPT series devices you get HDCP compliance and all these capabilities with a single fiber cable,” said Blake Dudash in sales and marketing. “The optical extenders also complement Lightware’s matrix frames which feature HDMI or fiber-optic HDCP-compliant input and output boards.”

He also points out that two versions of the optical extenders, TX-200R and RX-200R, come with bidirectional RS232 for remote-device control over the same fiber core.

All transmitters feature Lightware’s Advanced EDID Management with a memory of 100 EDIDs, 50 of which are user programmable. Using the Factory, Custom or Transparent EDID emulation, the user can fix and lock EDID data on the transmitter’s input connector.

In a stand-alone application, the HDMI-OPT series transmitter and receiver can work together, but with Lightware’s hybrid modular matrix concept, it can connect these extender boxes directly to the matrix router using an MX-HDMI-OPT series input or output optical boards.