Bidirectional HDMI transport over optical fiber for long range AV extension

Semtech' AVX Series chipset delivers low-cost extension of AV signals over fiber for new classes of standalone point-to-point cable extenders, matrix switches and KVM extension devices.

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Semtech Corp. (NASDAQ: SMTC) has unveiled its AVX chipset for multimedia connectivity over both copper category cabling and optical fiber. Launched as a series flagship by the supplier of high performance analog and mixed signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, Semtech says the AVX200T dramatically reduces cost and power in offering fully bidirectional HDMI transport over optical fiber for long range AV extension applications

With more applications taking advantage of optical fiber infrastructure, the company says the AVX200T uniquely targets long reach extension devices, providing transport over fiber from distances of 300 m to over 40 km. The AVX200T chipset is optimized for AV extension applications in end devices such as standalone point-to-point cable extenders, matrix switches and KVM extension platforms. 

Unique to the AVX platform, the AVX200T includes a powerful AV processing engine that provides broadcast quality scaling, allowing end-points to match the source video to the connected display.

Per the manufacturer, "the chipset lowers system cost by reducing the number of devices required, and removing the need to use costly FPGA and image scaling devices. In addition, the chipset consumes less than 2.5W with fiber connectivity, compared to existing technologies in the 6 to 8W range. Furthermore, the AVX200T provides a fully integrated USB-HID interface, enabling highly integrated low cost products for KVM applications."

“The new AVX chipset is positioned perfectly to replace existing AV extension technologies with a new generation of fiber-based products for true long reach performance at cost points lower than the existing copper-based solutions," said Don Shaver, vice president of video products for Semtech’s Signal Integrity Products group.

Shaver added, "With support for true bidirectional HDMI connectivity, the AVX200T enables a new class of products which can dramatically reduce both product and system costs."

Learn more about AVX200T chipset at www.semtech.com.

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