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ATEN 1080p Video Switch Lets Gamers Share

ATEN 1080p Video Switch Lets Gamers Share

1080p HD Quality from the Super Bowl to the Lecture Hall: ATEN Technology Launches New HDMI Video Splitters and Switches Designed for Home and Business Use

IRVINE, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- ATEN Technology, Inc., an innovator of high-quality KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) and remote connectivity products to centrally manage servers, network devices and IT infrastructure, today introduced three new HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) video splitters and switches as part of its expanded line of audio/video products. Designed for the diverse needs of home theatre, corporate, educational, broadcast and commercial environments, these new products provide high definition video quality to multiple devices with ease.

"Our new line of A/V products offers the capability to bring one picture to many eyes," said Sampson Yang, CEO, ATEN Technology, Inc. "Whether in a presentation setting with multiple displays or a classroom where the teacher needs to share resources on student monitors or within a house of worship broadcasting to more than one screen or a digital kiosk in a retail store, these new HDMI video splitters and switches enable users to send high definition video while maintaining excellent resolution and unparalleled Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master audio sound transmission."

According to Yang, the 2- and 4-port VS182/VS184 video splitters offer extreme scalability with the capability to send the signal to up to 64 display devices when installed in a cascade. The splitters are tailor-made for environments that require a boost in the video signal from one input to multiple outputs. "Airports or any city with a metropolitan transit system are great targets for these splitters since one video signal such as a CNN news feed or train and plane schedule can be piped to several monitors simultaneously," he added. "On the consumer end of the spectrum, if someone holds a party around a major sporting event like the Super Bowl and has one HD cable box or satellite dish, these splitters can extend the HD signal throughout the house so guests will never miss that winning touchdown or Tiger Woods putt on the 18th hole of the U.S. Open. These splitters offer a flexible, cost effective solution to help systems integrators easily install them for deployment in an array of application scenarios."

On the flipside, the new VS481A 4-port HDMI switch allows users to quickly and easily share an HDMI display device with four HDMI input sources. For example, most large-screen LCD televisions come standard with one HDMI input but a consumer may want to connect other HD devices -- the VS481A now offers an easy and affordable solution to adding four HDMI inputs to any home theater system.

These new units support all HDMI equipment, such as DVD or Blu-ray players, digital camcorders, video game consoles, satellite set-top boxes as input source, and all HDMI displays, projectors, monitors or HDTVs as output destinations. In addition, the new units support the most current 1.3a standards for HDMI, offer HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) 1.1 compliance and are DDC (Display Data Channel) compatible.

The new models also offer 12-bit Deep Color for HDMI formats, an excellent HDMI video resolution of 1080p for HDTV, VGA, SVGA, SXGA, UXGA (1600x1200) and WUXGA (1920x1200) for computers. With the VS182, VS184 and VS481B, distance limitations are removed since the units can boost the video signal for long distance transmission to displays up to 65 feet away.

Available now, the 2-way video splitter (VS182) is $179.95; the 4-way video splitter (VS184) is $239.99; and the 1-to-4 HDMI switch (VS481A) is $199.95.
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 Nice little peice of equipment. If I read this correctly you could theoretically use the switch to hook up multiple devices then the splitter to send the signal to multiple displays having multiplt displays with multiple sources. I wonder if there is a litmit on the amount of devices you can cascade. The 65 foot length is a bit dissapointing. Hopefully they can improve on that to send the signal up to 150 feet. that would be ideal to make this product a real competition. If the quality is good and they could acheive those distances this could become a major player in the video distribution market.

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