Long Distance FireWire

-- Kramer Introduces FireWire Range Extender Solution--

Hampton, New Jersey - January 11, 2005 - Kramer Electronics, Ltd., a worldwide supplier of audio, video and computer graphics signal distribution, switching and processing equipment for the broadcast, production, security, education, home theater and ProAV presentation markets, is pleased to announce that the newest addition to its extremely popular line of Kramer TOOLS, the TP -300FW FireWire range extender, is in stock and ready for delivery. The TP -300FW is a unique new product concept that can overcome the distance limitations of FireWire signals.


IEEE 1394 FireWire signals inherently have a 14.75 foot (4.5m) distance limitation. Kramer has pioneered a solution to this distance limitation for 100Mbs Video (DV) FireWire signals with the TP -300FW. One TP -300FW will convert a FireWire signal so it can be sent over inexpensive and unshielded CAT 5 cable up to 300 feet (100m) to a second TP -300FW that will convert the FireWire signal back to its native format. The TP -300FW needs to be used in pairs for a basic end to end solution.

Repeaters can be used with FireWire signals to extend them up to 236 feet. This solution requires the use of several repeaters which means it can be costly and still limited to a maximum distance of 236 feet. The TP -300FW is a more effective and more economical solution for this application.

Additional TP -300FWs can be added to an initial pair of TP -300FWs to extend the overall signal range to 600 feet (200m). In fact, multiple TP -300FWs can be added to any system, each time adding up to 300 feet (100m) of operating range.

"The TP -300FW is a truly revolutionary advancement for users of IEEE 1394 FireWire signals in their system", states Chris Kopin, Vice President of Product Development for Kramer Electronics USA. "Existing solutions for sending FireWire signals further than the standard 14.75 feet limitation either require the use of many pieces of hardware, are very costly or both. The TP -300FW provides a valuable solution for FireWire applications that may even open up some new opportunities in several vertical markets."

These units support Plug and Play standards, hot swapping and both isochronous and asynchronous applications. The TP -300FW is ideal for use in digital video production facilities, digital video editing suites and live digital video broadcasting applications where FireWire is the signal of choice.

In the United States the TP -300FW carries a list price of $450 for an initial pair of units (required for basic system operation) and $225 for additional units to create longer distance solutions. This model is now in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.



About Kramer Electronics:
Founded in 1981, Kramer Electronics, Ltd., with its world headquarters in Israel, is a leading manufacturer of high -quality analog and digital audio, video and computer signal management products for the ProAV, Presentation, Production, Broadcast, Home Theater and Security markets. Kramer's product line includes audio, video and computer signal processing equipment, distribution amplifiers (DAs), switchers, matrix switchers, digital and analog decoders and encoders, time -base correctors, presentation accessories, cable assemblies, scan converters and scalers. Kramer also offers broadcast quality routers, distribution amplifiers, and controllers through Kramer's acquisition of Sierra Video Systems. Recently, the company added a line of Serial Digital (SDI), FireWire (IEEE -1394), DVI and HDTV signal processing and distribution equipment. Kramer has corporate sales and distribution offices in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Italy, Russia, Israel, China, Singapore and Australia.

For more information about Kramer Electronics products, please visit the website at www.kramerelectronics.com or contact your local Kramer Electronics sales company.

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