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Atlona Debuts '1st' HDR-Compatible Video Extender

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Atlona is introducing what it’s calling the industry’s first high dynamic range (HDR)- compatible video extender at CEDIA.

The Centum-series AT-CENT-301-CEA, part of the company’s HDBaseT family of extenders, delivers 4K/Ultra HD video at 60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling and HDMI data rates up to 18 Gbps.

The extender pair is the industry’s first 4K/60 4:4:4 and HDR video extension solution for HDBaseT, said Atlona. It is ideal for applications requiring the latest generation of 4K/Ultra and HDR sources and displays, and is compatible with all video resolutions, audio formats, and color space formats supported in the HDMI 2.0a specification. In addition, it has the ability to pass metadata for HDR content.

The AT-CENT-301-CEA is HDCP 2.2 compliant and provides HDMI transmission up to 330 feet over category cable with embedded multichannel audio. HDR and 4K/60 4:4:4 video extension are made possible through the use of visually lossless VESA Display Stream Compression (DSC), said the company. This extender also supports Ethernet pass-through, RS-232 and IR control, and Power over Ethernet; the receiver is powered by the extender.

Finally, EDID management features ensure proper audio formats and video resolutions are provided to the A/V system, according to the company.

“The AT-CENT-301-CEA is a real breakthrough for the HDBaseT standard, and opens up the door for residential and commercial integrators in terms of the system options and flexibility they can employ in their HDR-related projects,” said Joshua Castro, Atlona product manager. “This extender pair enables them to provide their clients with best-in-class solutions for current and forthcoming HDR and 4K applications.”

The AT-CENT-301-CEA is engineered to deliver “dependable, pristine-quality image presentations” for both residential and commercial applications. Suitable applications include installations using Ultra HD Blu-ray players, TVs and projectors; TV showrooms requiring reliable content distribution to demo 4K and HDR programming; and professional A/V applications with full-motion, highly detailed 4K graphics presentations.

The extender pair also supports the HDMI Audio Return Channel, with the ability to transmit digital audio from a television back to the transmitter, and then to an A/V receiver via HDMI or a TOSLINK digital audio output. This allows easy integration of audio from over-the-air TV broadcasts and smart TV apps, said Atlona.

The AT-CENT-301-CEA is configured and managed by the company’s Atlona Management System (AMS). It also includes the company’s 10-year limited product warranty. It will be available March 2017 for a $1,499 suggested retail.

Atlona can be found at booth No. 1900.

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