Reinforcing its commitment to provide commercial integrators with cutting-edge
audio/video signal processing solutions, Gefen from Core Brands recently announced
the immediate availability of its new EXT-UHD600A-44, the latest addition to its Ultra
HD 600 MHz Series of signal distribution products.
The Gefen EXT-UHD600A-44 matrix routes video and audio from the newest HDMI
sources and provides output scaling to incorporate UHD and HD displays. The power-
packed matrix accepts the HDMI 2.0 signal at its highest specification of 4K 60 Hz at
4:4:4 Chroma subsampling, along with HDR (High Dynamic Range) and HDCP 2.2
The Gefen EXT-UHD600A-44 goes far beyond the requirements of a typical 4K system
and delivers stunning Ultra HD and DCI/Cinema picture quality up to 4096 X 2160
pixels at 60 frames per-second without subsampling colour. What is more – thanks to
independent scalers that are built into each output – two of the outputs on the EXT-
UHD600A-44 can downscale a 4K signal to 1080p Full HD while the other two outputs
can upscale an HD signal to 4K Ultra HD, thus maximising compatibility in a mixed
resolution display system. The audio breakout features enabled audio to be extracted
from each output and routed to a separate audio amplifier for added impact in large
venues or for use in multi-zone applications.
“HDMI’s recent update to the 2.0a standard is taking the AV industry by storm and
catapulting the possibilities for resolution, colour, contrast, and audio signals to new
heights,’ explained Core Brands’ Gefen product manager Jason Fitzgerald. “The need
for products that switch split and extend this new signal format continues to increase
as more sources and displays are developed to embrace its capabilities. The addition
of the Gefen EXT-UHD600A-44 matrix to the 600 MHz series guarantees that
commercial installers can fully utilise the cutting-edge signal standards available
According to Fitzgerald, the new Gefen EXT-UHD600A-44 includes a Professional API
that provides previously unattainable data to open the door for exciting interactions
between control/monitoring systems and Gefen products. The EXT-UHD600A-44 also
features Long Range Power (LRP) that eliminates the need for commercial installers to
use an external power supply when using a compatible extender to increase the
matrix’s output beyond an HDMI cable’s limits.
To address the ever-expanding use of streaming sources requiring USB power, two
USB power ports have been included on the back panel of this matrix for extension
and media streaming devices that draw power from a standard USB port.
This product has also been designed to work with the Gefen Syner-G™ software to
simplify initial IP configuration and EDID management.
“There has been and always will be a need for external products that perform the
duties of switching, splitting, and extension in the AV distribution business,’ Fitzgerald
said. “Gefen has always maintained a strong heritage in supplying these types of
products while integrating the latest trends in connectivity technology.’