New Gefen KVM Extender Solves Power Over Link Compatibility Issues and Assures Improved Performance for Remote Workstations

AV distribution technology leader Gefen by Core Brands, a Nortek company (NASDAQ: NTK), today announced the DVI over HDBaseT™ 2.0 KVM Extender (EXT-DVIKA-HBT2), its first KVM solution to utilize the new state-of-the-art HDBaseT 2.0 technology. The new product is designed to extend DVI, USB 2.0, RS-232, and 2-way analog audio up to 495 feet over one CAT-5e cable. The debut was made at InfoComm 2016 in the Las Vegas Convention Center in Gefen Booth #C5430.

“Gefen already offers a single cable solution that integrates both DVI video and USB extension, and the EXT-DVIKA-HBT2 is our first KVM solution that adds 2-way audio and power extension over a single CAT-5e cable,” said Core Brands’ Gefen Product Manager Jason Fitzgerald.

Historically, according to Fitzgerald, implementation of USB over HDBaseT required the integration of third party technologies, resulting in performance compromises and compatibility issues. “These products could not be used with any other HDBaseT devices,” Fitzgerald explained. “Specifically, the use of various proprietary power extension methods caused a lot of issues out in the field. Now the latest generation of HDBaseT (2.0) integrates USB transmission into its extension technology, and assures 100% compatibility with other class-compliant Power-Over-HDBaseT™ devices.”

Gefen’s newest DVI extender unleashes the power of the updated HDBaseT 2.0 spec with new features. The EXT-DVIKA-HBT2 extends DVI video signals at resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 (8-Bit, 4:4:4) up to 150 meters. It also extends HDCP 2.2 and 1.4 compliant HDMI 2.0 sources at resolutions up to 4K Ultra HD and 4K Cinema at 60Hz 4:2:0 chroma subsampling at 30 Hz 4:4:4, using Gefen DVI to HDMI cables. Along with digital audio/video, this device extends most USB 2.0 devices. The EXT-DVIKA-HBT2 also boasts bi-directional audio, allowing the extension of line-level audio from Sender to Receiver, and mic or line-level audio from Receiver to Sender.

The new HDBaseT™ 2.0 Colligo™ platform facilitates an even more robust and resilient connection than the industry standard HDBaseT™. When used with Gefen DVI to HDMI cables, supported HBR audio formats include Dolby Atmos®, Dolby® TrueHD, DTS:X™, and DTS-HD Master Audio™.

The EXT-DVIKA-HBT2 can accommodate a complete workstation including keyboard, mouse, select USB peripherals, microphone, headphones, and powered speakers. The Sender and Receiver units can be rack mounted (using EXT-RACK-1U), surface-mounted, or be placed on a shelf. Additionally, the Gefen Syner-G™ software, with its powerful EDID Management capabilities, speeds up configuration, performs real-time performance analysis via Link Monitoring, and simplifies in-field firmware updates.

“As we see more and more implementation of HDBaseT into our industry, it will be necessary to adhere to the standard so that integrators can work with different sources and sinks hassle-free,” Fitzgerald concluded. “Any integrators working in the medical, IT, signage, corporate, broadcast, production fields, and beyond can greatly benefit from the EXT-DVIKA-HBT2.”

For more information about the new EXT-DVIKA-HBT2, visit Gefen at InfoComm 2016, booth #C5430 or