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WyreStorm Launches Modular H2XC Series at ISE

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WyreStorm announces the ISE 2018 reveal of the H2XC Series modular HDBaseT 5Play 4K with integrated audio DSP matrix switchers, featuring a selection of customisable multi-format, multi-platform transmission cards.

WyreStorm H2XCAn evolution of the H2X series, the H2XC offers more pro AV and large residential options for the distribution of multi-source 4K UHD with HDR and legacy video formats. It also handles multi-source audio matrix switching to multiple zones, including SmartTV function and audio on-demand products.

Like the parent model, the H2XC includes proprietary SmartEDID technology to dynamically remove conflicts when combining 1080p and 4K screens within the same installation. An integrated audio matrix with powerful DSP routes up to 3 separate audio signals per transmission card (depending on card), including ARC, HDMI de-embed from video and separate line-level audio only sources.

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Longer Battery Life With New Z-Wave Chip

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Sigma Designs announces the 700-Series Z-Wave platform at CES 2018-- a chip the solution provider claims can squeeze 10 years of use from a single coin-cell battery.

Sigma Z-WaveAs well as being low power, the 700-Series chip offers a range of over 90m, meaning it can cover multi-stories in a house and the far end of the yard. It carries all the hardware required, including integrated software tools, large memory and many peripherals, making it both efficient and future proof.

Security is also covered thanks to the Z-Wave Security 2 (S2) framework, while Z-Wave SmartStart pre-configures to the network before reaching the home.

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Luxul Debuts Epic 3 Router at ISE 2018

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Luxul announces the ISE 2018 debut of the Epic 3 (XWR-3150)-- a dual-band wireless AC3100 router with built-in Domotz remote management, Router Limits content management and roam assist technologies.

Luxul Epic 3The Epic 3 uses 4x4 MIMO (Wave 2) technology to deliver wireless data at up to 3100Mbps for fast streaming and bandwidth-intensive applications. The router offers a full feature set, with an easy-to-use interface and capabilities ensuring optimal network performance, scalability and security, including firewall, QoS, virtual local area network (VLAN) support and virtual private network (VPN).

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ZigBee and Thread Join IoT Forces With Dotdot

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The ZigBee Alliance and Thread announce what is described as a a solution to the fragmentation of the connected device industry-- Dotdot, an open, interoperable IoT language running over the Thread IP network.

DotdotAccording to the two companies, the IoT currently faces the same challenges as the early internet since connected devices lack the equivalent of open, universal protocols over IP. Dotdot, as a common device language over the Thread IP network, promises to be the solution to such woes, providing "the high-quality, interoperable user experiences needed to drive growth."

Dotdot is not a new standard. Instead it allows the ZigBee standard to work on the Thread network. Both standards are backed by industry-leading companies, and already find use in homes and offices. As such, Dotdot simply extends IP to low-power IoT devices, providing an option in end-to-end connectivity and interoperability.

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Comprehensive Presents CHE-HDBTWP230K Extender

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Comprehensive Connectivity Company launches the HDBaseT Wall Plate Extender TX/RX Kit (CHE-HDBTWP230K), able to extend HDMI, VGA and audio signals up to 70m over a single unshielded twisted pair network patch cable.

Comprehensive extenderThe kit includes one wall plate and one receiver. Connection to the wall box uses 90° cable connectors. Input source sequence selection comes through auto, front button or a control device connected via serial RS232.

The kit supports any OS with no driver setup, while bi-directional power allows easy connection to either wall plate or receiver end. HDBaseT includes HDCP and EDID, and handles resolutions up to UHD (3840x2160) and HD (1920x1080).

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Gefen Ships 4K Scaler

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Gefen announces the EXT-UHD600A-12-DS-- a 4K 600MHz 1:2 scaler with EDID detective and audio de-embedder the company says has independent scalers built into each of the two HDMI outputs.

Gefen scalerOne output downscales 4K 600MHz signals to 1080p, while the other upscales HD signals to 4K UHD 600MHz. In addition to the scaling and splitting capabilities, the unit also features advanced EDID management, with built-in, pass-through and user EDID capabilities.

Gefen claims the scaler has the capability to handle 4096×2160 to 60 Hz 4:4:4 and 4K Ultra HD 3860×2160 to 60 Hz, 4:4:4-- both at 10-bit colour-- with HDR-10. It also de-embeds audio from HDMI, and outputs it as L/R analog and TOSLINK optical digital audio (2-channel LPCM and up to 5.1 channels of Bitstream).

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Savant Debuts AV-Over-IP line

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Savant announces an AV-over-IP product line aimed at the home entertainment market-- a switching platform able to deliver 4K/60 4:4:4 HDR video (10-bit colour) distribution over IP with "zero frame latency."

Savant voipThe system uses a 10GbE switch, enabling high-bandwidth ethernet connectivity throughout the project. It also allows installations from 2 to 128 zones. Products in the lineup include the Savant IP 4- and 8-input video transmitters, as well as Savant IP video output receivers available in either fibre or copper options.

Meanwhile the audio lineup includes the Savant IP Audio 50, a renamed version of the Savant Pro Audio 4 and the first wired music solution from the company. New to the line is the Savant IP Audio 125, a higher wattage amplifier/audio distribution system. It delivers all functionality of the IP Audio 50, only with 125W per channel and additional control ports.

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