Atlona Scales and Switches UltraHD

Atlona introduced many new distribution products, with a focus on high resolution and framerates. The show marked the company’s largest-ever product launch.

Two new HDMI-to-HDBaseT matrix switchers were announced: Atlona’s first able to handle UltraHD at 60fps, with HDCP 2.2. The AT-UHD-PRO3-88M is an 8 x 8 matrix AT-UHD-PRO3-66 is 6 x 6.

Both units feature PoE and can extend signals up to 70m or 100m. Dual HDMI outputs are independently-selectable as mirrored or matrix outputs. Bi-directional remote control, via IP, IR or RS232, is also supported when using third-party control systems. The products also have RJ45 and USB ports for firmware updates.

The AT-UHD-CLSO-601 is an UltraHD switcher with four HDMI and two multi-function inputs; built-in scaling; and mirrored HDBaseT and HDMI outputs. Signals can be sent up to 100m, with PoE. The switcher will be available in Q2.

Next up, we saw Atlona’s first series of HDMI switchers supporting UltraHD at 60fps: the new UHD-SW-5 series. There are three 5 x 1 units, with 10.2Gbps bandwidth and an internal web server enabling GUI control over EDID, HDCP and audio settings. They all feature auto-switching and remote control (IP, IR, RS232).

The AT-UHD-SW-51, AT-UHD-SW-52 (available in April) and AT-UHD-SW-52ED (May) are part of the new series. The latter model is the high-end unit, with additional outputs for balanced stereo audio and mirrored HDMI and HDBaseT, with PoE. The AT-UHD-SW-52 has an audio return channel, but no HDBaseT or PoE. Finally, the AT-UHD-SW-51 is available for installations requiring UltraHD switching without mirrored outputs.

HDMI extenders took the form of the new UHD-EX series (arriving in Q2), with four pairs of transmitters and receivers covering 70m and 100m distances. All products feature HDBaseT technology and UltraHD at 60fps. At the top of the line is the AT-UHD-EX-100CE, supporting 100m extension, PoE and bi-directional ethernet and control signal pass-through.

The step-down AT-UHD-EX-70C extends signals to 70m, with RS232 and IR pass-through, while the AT-UHD-EX-70 (for point-to-point applications) features PoE. Finally, the AT-UHD-EX-70-2PS extends to 70m.