HDanywhere unveils Modular HDMI matrix switcher

posted on Wednesday, 23rd January 2013 by Steve May

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HD Connectivity has announced a highly versatile HDMI HDBaseT matrix switcher based around a system of patented field-changeable modules. The Modular chassis, which will be available in both 4-in/4-out (MOD44) and 8-in/8-out (MOD88, pictured above) configurations, will be unveiled for the first time at ISE 2013 and is expected to begin shipping in March.

Built and designed in the UK, the Modular switcher allows integrators to create entirely bespoke HD distribution solutions. I/O modules can be high speed HDMI with Ethernet, HDBaseT Lite or Full HDBaseT depending on the signal transmission standard required; they can be mixed and matched as needed.  For example, an internet connected Smart TV or appliance in one location can utilise a full HDBaseT module providing both network connectivity and HDMI, while non-connected hardware elsewhere can use a cheaper HDBaseT- Lite module. Should an installation grow and evolve over time, modules can be swapped over or ported across to a bigger chassis on-site. All modules and TV receivers feature PoE, so no separate power supply is required.

The Modular line utilises a new software management operating system called Heartbeat-OS which allows the matrix control panel to be accessed directly or remotely via IP or web interface. Heatbeat-OS provides real-time information on system heath, cable distance, link bandwidth and integrity, errors and other diagnostics. It also allows custom installers to modify, backup and restore IP, EDID, CEC settings, port assignments and firmware. Email alert notifications can also be scheduled to provide updated system health reports, or programmed to be triggered by system failures, reboots and unauthorised configuration changes.

HD Connectivity says instant source switching IP-drivers will be bundled free for all major control systems, including Control4, Crestron, AMX, and RTI. All components of the Modular system, comprising chassis, input modules, output modules and receiver options, will sold separately.

"Our ambition was to build in the UK, the best HDMI matrix in the world," says HD Connectivity MD Chris Pinder. "Not just out of a sense of patriotic pride, but out of a strong desire for seeing our own designs and innovations built to the quality we envisioned. Keeping the Modular project in the UK has meant that from conception, design, right through to production we have been able to keep an acute focus on quality and attention to detail, that generally gets severely diluted when working with the far-east." Pinder adds "Modular is the first in a genuinely a new class of product in the HD distribution category. And as every system is bespoke-built by the Integrator, it is the very definition of custom install."

HD Connectivity will be demonstrating the Modular range on stand 5-U117, at ISE 2013. For the latest on ISE 2013, and your free invitation code to the event, click here.

Also read:
HDanywhere Multiroo+ 4x4 HDBaseT review
For more on the Modular range visit www.HDanywhere.co.uk.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and Ideal Home (amongst others).

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