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Atlona Introduces HDR-Compatible 4K/60 4:4:4 Extender

Atlona has introduced the Centum Series AT-CENT-301-CEA, the industry’s first high dynamic range (HDR) compatible video extender, according to the company. It delivers 4K/UHD video at 60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling and HDMI data rates up to 18Gbps, to meet next-generation residential integration requirements. The AT-CENT-301-CEA is the latest addition to Atlona’s extensive family of HDBaseT extenders.

The AT-CENT-301-CEA is HDCP 2.2 compliant and provides HDMI transmission up to 330 feet (100 meters) over category cable with embedded multi-channel audio. HDR and 4K/60 4:4:4 video extension are made possible through the use of visually lossless VESA Display Stream Compression (DSC). This extender also supports ethernet pass-through, RS-232 and IR control, and power over ethernet — the receiver is powered by the extender. EDID management features ensure proper audio formats and video resolutions are provided to the AV system.

“The AT-CENT-301-CEA is a real breakthrough for the HDBaseT standard, and opens up the door for residential and commercial integrators in terms of the system options and flexibility they can employ in their HDR-related projects,” said Joshua Castro, Atlona product manager. “This extender pair enables them to provide their clients with best-in-class solutions for current and forthcoming HDR and 4K applications.”

The AT-CENT-301-CEA is designed to deliver dependable, pristine-quality image presentations in residential and commercial applications, and ideal for applications such as installations utilizing the latest UHD and HDR sources such as Ultra HD Blu-ray players, plus compatible televisions and projectors; TV showrooms requiring reliable content distribution to televisions to properly demonstrate high-quality 4K and HDR programming; professional AV applications with full-motion, highly detailed 4K graphics presentations for visualization, 3D renderings, simulations, and more.

The extender pair also supports the HDMI Audio Return Channel, with the ability to transmit digital audio from a television back to the transmitter, and then to an AV receiver via HDMI or a TOSLINK digital audio output. This allows easy integration of audio from over-the-air TV broadcasts and smart TV apps. The AT-CENT-301-CEA is configured and managed by the company’s Atlona Management System (AMS).

This extender pair is well suited for applications requiring the latest generation of 4K/UHD and HDR sources and displays, and is compatible with all video resolutions, audio formats, and color-space formats supported in the HDMI 2.0a specification. In addition, it has the ability to pass metadata for HDR content.

The AT-CENT-301-CEA extender pair will be available March 2017.