IBC 2018: IHSE launches 4K60 extenders over copper cable
By: Karen Hogan Ketchum, Senior Editor
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 8:21 am

IHSE (stand 7.A09) expands the Draco ultra high-end extender series with Cat X transmission of video signals up to 4K60 with the same image quality as fibre-optic extenders. Combination of Cat X and fibre optics in matrix switching applications is also possible. Users benefit from a considerable cost saving using an existing Cat X infrastructure, rather than replacing it with fibre.

IHSE’s Draco ultra KVM extenders deliver unprecedented quality with imperceptible latency in the transmission of high definition video, with keyboard, mouse, and data signals. The series was developed in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) and is regarded as industry-leading technology for KVM signal extension.

For ultra-high-resolution video signals, IHSE offers Extreme Velocity (XV) extenders. The XV series is now offered with Cat X devices to supplement the original fibre versions. The new XV models support DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0, enabling transmission of 4K60 video with a color depth of 10 bit per RGB colour channel and optimal 4:4:4 color sampling over a single Cat X connection.

The expansion of the series enables users to integrate ultra-high-resolution video signals into Cat X infrastructures. Existing copper cabling no longer needs to be replaced by optical fibres in order to support the maximum resolutions and frame rates.

Backward compatibility of these devices enables access from 3G to 1G infrastructures through Draco tera enterprise matrix switches. Workstations with 4K screens can seamlessly access 2K computers via extender modules of other Draco series, regardless of the transmission medium.

In addition to compatibility with all Draco ultra extenders, the new 3G extenders are also compatible with all Draco vario add-on modules for audio and serial signals and are ideal for use with Draco tera matrix switches.

“The choice of transmission media no longer plays a deciding role in distribution of ultra-high-resolution video signals,” explains Mark Hempel, Product Manager at IHSE. “Cost-intensive new cabling with fibre optics is no longer necessary to transmit 4K60 signals at the highest quality.”