March 21, 2007 by Arlen Schweiger
Connectivity solutions provider Gefen has unveiled the latest addition to its line of cost-effective scalers. The Gefen HD Mate Scaler offers functionality when combining different standard and high definition video sources and outputting each to the single connector on any DVI display, the company says.
According to Gefen, the scaler performs three tasks: it integrates different video formats and converts them to DVI; it scales video up and down in all HD resolutions; and it enables access to three sources using one display so you don’t have to unplug sources. Everything is connected all the time.
The plug-and-play unit includes one DVI and two component video inputs, supplemented by digital TOSlink audio and RCA audio inputs. It supplies a single DVI output, with audio output in digital or analog formats, depending on the audio/video source selected.
Anything from set-top boxes, DVD players to the next generation of gaming consoles including the Xbox 360 and PS3 can be plugged into the HD Mate Scaler, the company says. Video is delivered in a pure digital format, with HD video scaling offered in resolutions ranging from 480i to 1080p for the most vivid imagery possible, Gefen says.
The unit works with all DVI sources and displays, including cross-platform computer systems such as Apple’s line of HD DVI displays, making it a solution for any integrated digital video system.
The HD Mate Scaler’s source switching capability is controlled through the unit’s IR remote, giving you access to any one of the three sources within seconds.
With an MSRP of $349, the Gefen HD Mate Scaler is available for pre-ordering through any Gefen reseller, located around the world and listed online at www.gefen.com.
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