New Gefen Extender Sends HD Video Over CAT -5 Cable

Never before could CAT-5 cables carry the large amounts of data required for HD clarity and precision.

WOODLAND HILLS, CA - April 27, 2004 - A revolutionary 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 multi -channel digital audio are effective at distances up to 150 -feet, making the HDTV Extender over CAT -5 cable an economical alternative to fiber optics or copper cables for medium length installations. It is highly advantageous when upgrading audio/video systems from analog to digital because cabling does not have to be replaced.

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 is expected to commence 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.

About Gefen Inc:
Gefen provides computer and electronics connectivity solutions through its ex -tend -it Professional Series, which offers multi -platform extension, switching, distribution and conversion technologies. Gefen is currently pioneering a full line of HDTV products that enable high -definition digital video to be split, switched and extended. A selection of HDMI, fiber optics, DVI and CAT -5 cabling is available through Gefen as well as audio, USB, CAT5, PS/2, RS232 and similar peripheral support solutions. Detailed product information may be found at www.gefen.com.

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