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Gefen Offers New HDTV Extender Cable

A new method of high definition video extension from Gefen transmits audio and video data up to 150-feet over CAT-5 cable. Never before could CAT-5 cables 5/10/2004 8:00 AM Eastern

A new method of high definition video extension from Gefen transmits audio and video data up to 150-feet over CAT-5 cable. Never before could CAT-5 cables carry the large amounts of data required for HD clarity and precision, but new chip technologies combined with skillful engineering has created a method of packaging data that can be transmitted successfully using industry-standard CAT-5E cables.

Multiple resolutions up to 1080i and multichannel digital audio are effective at distances up to 150 feet, making the HDTV Extender an economical alternative to fiber optics or copper cables for medium-length installations, ideal when upgrading audio/video systems from analog to digital.

The HDTV Extender is available in two models that work with HD's two most popular interfaces: DVI (digital visual interface) and HDMI (high definition multimedia interface). DVI, often the preferred format for professional a/v applications, transmits high-resolution uncompressed digital video data from source to display. HDMI, geared towards the consumer market, transmits high-resolution uncompressed digital video and multichannel digital audio from source to display. When used with computer-based systems, DDC control signals are sent in addition to HDTV video on their own dedicated CAT-5 cable.

The HDTV Extender is HDCP-compliant, retails for $499 and is available to order at www.gefen.com. Shipping should begin within six to eight weeks. The HDTV Extender comes with its own sender and receiver units, both powered by a single 5-volt external supply and connection cables.

For more information about this product and Gefen, go to their Website at www.gefen.com.