There is no lockdown that takes: ATEN always looks ahead and does so by introducing some interesting news for its VM series of matrix switchers.
Between May and June, ATEN launched several new features in the already well-known family of modular matrix switchers. Starting with the VM3250 model, a True 4K 32×32 modular matrix switcher that allows various combinations of digital and analogue video signals, including fibre optic, HDBaseT, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, 3G-SDI and VGA, as well as the independent sending of A/V content directly on various monitors, displays, projectors and speakers.
An integrated scaler encodes the video format for seamless, real-time signal switching. The front panel LCD display offers a quick view of the various connections, while the selectable EDID mode allows to obtain the best possible resolution on different monitors. Last but not least, the design of this product is innovative and reliable, and the solution incorporates a GUI that can be accessed from anywhere via a network or the Internet. The intuitive web interface allows you to preview the video sources in real time via live streaming and easily configure video wall applications. Finally, VM3250 is easily expandable and houses a range of hot-swappable ATEN I / O cards. Just its expandability makes this product particularly suitable for large-scale AV applications such as traffic and transport control rooms, emergency services, etc.
Equally interesting are the new additional fiber boards, compatible with the entire range of ATEN switcher matrices. Let’s start with VM7584, four-port 10G optical Input card, capable of addressing four HDMI sources to as many displays through optical extenders. Designed with fibre optic technology for long distance transmission, VM7584 together with its SFP + modules extends the uncompressed 4K signal up to 300 meters (using VM7584K1) or up to 10 km (using VM7584K2) on duplex fibre optic cables. In addition, the solution supports a high data rate (10.2 Gbps) and meets the HDMI specifications which include 3D, Deep Colour and 4K. The model corresponds to the optical output card VM8584, which shares the same characteristics.
We conclude with VM7824 and VM8824, a pair of True 4K HDMI Input / Output cards that work with all ATEN modular matrix switches and offer an easy way to target four HDMI A/V sources to as many displays, with True 4K definition and HDR support. VM7824 also offers four stereo audio inputs that allow audio embedding. All input / output boards of ATEN‘s VM series are hot-swappable, a feature that should not be underestimated as it greatly simplifies the work of integrators, designers and end users.