SAPPHIRE Technology introduces PowerScale™ EF1K HDMI over Fiber Extender

Delivering leading-edge, uncompressed A/V signal distribution and control over considerable distances with zero frame latency

Hong Kong, December 3rd, 2013 - SAPPHIRE Technology Ltd., a leading manufacturer and global supplier of innovative IT products, today introduced the SAPPHIRE PowerScale™ EF1K HDMI over Fiber audio/video extender. This HDMI over fiber transmitter/receiver set ensures first-rate distribution of uncompressed audio/video and control signals over long distances.


"SAPPHIRE is pleased to introduce the PowerScale EF1K HDMI over Fiber extender," says Adrian Thompson, VP of Marketing, SAPPHIRE Technology Ltd. "Our integration partners now have access to a wider selection of very competitively priced extenders that support the advanced A/V signal distribution and control requirements of the most demanding digital signage projects."

The SAPPHIRE PowerScale EF1K is a transmitter and receiver set that extends HDMI over fiber supporting Full HD 1080p60, HDCP, CEC, multi-channel audio, ARC, DDC/EDID and all 3D modes. The EF1K transports uncompressed HD audio, video and control signals over standard fiber-optic cable at up to 1 km (3,280 feet) with zero frame latency. The unaltered transmission of raw data ensures industry-leading performance and reliability, while bi-directional control via RS-232, IR and CEC ensure maximum versatility and convenience. This TX/RX extender kit also provides support for 8-channel digital audio.

Unaffected by electromagnetic interference (EMI), the SAPPHIRE EF1K is the ideal solution for point-to-point extension in mission-critical environments. Moreover, fiber affords installers significant distance between source and display, optimal for locations such as airports, shopping centers, and sports arenas.

A very competitively priced solution, the SAPPHIRE EF1K is a perfect complement to the expanding offering of SAPPHIRE digital signage players and player components, such as SAPPHIRE EDGE VS Series player PCs and multi-display graphics cards. It is capable of delivering uncompressed audio, video and control signals with zero degradation at distances up to 1 km (3,280 ft)-or more over single-mode fiber with supported single-mode SFP modules (sold separately).

For further information on SAPPHIRE PowerScale HDMI extenders, please visit: www.sapphiretech.com/proav/extenders.aspx

Availability and pricing
Samples of the SAPPHIRE PowerScale series of extenders are currently available to qualified integrators. Please contact a SAPPHIRE Pro AV sales consultant for information regarding pricing and availability: www.sapphiretech.com/proav.

About SAPPHIRE Technology Ltd.
SAPPHIRE Technology Ltd. is a leading manufacturer and global supplier of a broad range of innovative technologies for PC enthusiasts, home users and professionals. Its origins in graphics hardware design and manufacturing, the extensive SAPPHIRE product range has since grown from state-of-the-art graphics add-in boards-for which SAPPHIRE is recognized as the premiere AMD partner-to include motherboards, mini PCs, external graphics expanders, and Professional AV products. Founded in 2001, SAPPHIRE is a privately held global company headquartered in Hong Kong. Further information can be found at: www.sapphiretech.com.

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