Extron Unveils New Digital Media Platform

At InfoComm 2011, Extron Electronics introduced its new XTP CrossPoint system, a signal switching and distribution system that provides an integrated solution for multiple digital and analog formats, according to the company.
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Extron Unveils New Digital Media Platform

At InfoComm 2011, Extron Electronics introduced its new XTP CrossPoint system, a signal switching and distribution system that provides an integrated solution for multiple digital and analog formats, according to the company.

Extron XTP CrossPoint System

At InfoComm 2011, Extron Electronics introduced its new XTP CrossPoint system, a signal switching and distribution system that provides an integrated solution for multiple digital and analog formats, according to the company. XTP CrossPoint systems support local connectivity as well as extended transmission capability for sending high-resolution video, audio, RS-232, Ethernet, and power up to 330 feet over a single Cat-5-type cable.

Extron incorporated many of the technologies it has developed to help integrators deliver digital systems, including SpeedSwitch technology, EDID Minder, and Key Minder for fast, reliable switching of HDMI and DVI signals and HDCP-encrypted content. It has also included SD Pro processing, for deinterlacing standard definition signals to eliminate display compatibility issues, and Automatic Input Cable Equalization and Output Reclocking, which provides digital video signal conditioning to ensure optimal performance. Extron said it has also incorporated audio management features into the XTP CrossPoint, including HDMI audio embedding and de-embedding, audio breakaway, and downmixing of multichannel formats.

"Our customers have been asking for complete digital signal routing and transmission solutions from Extron. We understand the many challenges encountered by AV professionals when designing and installing digital systems," said Casey Hall, vice president of sales and marketing for Extron, in a statement. "Our Engineering team has taken the time to do it right. We've focused on reliable, solid performance and ease of installation."

XTP CrossPoint matrix switchers are modular and expandable from 4x4 up to 32x32 and can be populated with input and output boards for long distance transmission when paired with XTP transmitters and receivers, Extron officials said. I/O boards are also available for direct HDMI, DVI, VGA, video, and audio connections to support local sources and displays.

A family of long-distance XTP transmitters and receivers are available for sending or receiving video, audio, RS-232, and IR control, Ethernet, and power up to 330 feet from the XTP CrossPoint matrix switcher over a single Cat-5 cable. XTP transmitters are available in desktop or Decora wallplate models and accept HDMI, analog VGA, or standard definition video.

Some XTP transmitters accept multiple inputs and feature automatic input switching, company officials said. Two desktop XTP receivers are available, both with HDMI outputs. One of the models also features integrated video scaling, so that all incoming video signals can be optimized to a common output rate for the display. In a fully integrated XTP CrossPoint System with XTP transmitters and receivers, an overall transmission distance of 660 feet is possible between two remote endpoints, according to Extron.

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