In the latest of a number of recent announcements Extron Electronics, a world leading supplier of audio visual solutions, have introduced two new high-performance HDMI switchers that support data rates up to 18 Gbps and signals up to 4K/60 with 4:4:4 colour sampling.
Named the Extron SW6 HD 4K PLUS and the Extron SW8 HD 4K PLUS, the switchers are six input and eight input respectively, are both HDCP 2.2 compliant, and support HDR, 12‑bit Deep Colour, 3D, and HD lossless audio formats.
According to Extron, the switchers are easy to operate using front panel controls or auto-switching and also provide ample options for integration within any control system. Those options include Ethernet, RS‑232, and contact closure ports which give end users greater flexibility.
Both the SW6 HD 4K PLUS and the SW8 HD 4K PLUS also boast EDID Minder, which maintains continuous EDID communication with connected devices and ensures that the HDMI sources power up properly and maintain correct video output.
Speaking about the introduction of his company’s two new switchers, Extron’s vice president of global sales and marketing, Casey Hall, explained that they have been developed in response to customer demands:
‘AV designers and integrators have asked for larger 4K/60 HDMI switchers that include the same robust feature set as the SW HD 4K PLUS two- and four-input models…The new SW6 HD 4K PLUS and SW8 HD 4K PLUS provide the same reliable signal switching of 4K/60 at 4:4:4 and user-friendly Ethernet monitoring and control for larger AV system designs.’