Extron Electronics has introduced the PowerCage 401 modular power enclosure as well as the PowerCage 401 FOX DT HD dual-transmitter and PowerCage 401 FOX DR HD dual-receiver modules, which provide long haul transmission of HDMI, stereo audio, and RS‑232 control signals over fiber optic cabling.
The PowerCage 401 enclosure has 1U rack-mountable design that is hot-swappable and field-upgradable. It is designed to provide an efficient way to power and mount up to four fiber optic modules. The boards use all‑digital technology to deliver pixel-for-pixel extension of computer and video resolutions up to 1920 x 1200, including 1080p/60.
Each compact module provides two independent FOX HDMI extenders that are HDCP compliant, and share many of the same capabilities as other Extron fiber optic extenders. They are compatible with Extron FOX II and FOX Series extenders.
Mounted in the compact PowerCage 401 enclosure, the PowerCage 401 FOX DT HD and PowerCage 401 FOX DR HD modules are a new option for point-to-point installations or in combination with a FOX Matrix Switcher for an enterprise-wide AV distribution system.
“Space is always a concern when you need to install multiple extenders under a table or in equipment racks,” says Casey Hall, vice president of sales and marketing for Extron. “This new, compact enclosure provides superior thermal management, allowing you to accommodate up to eight independent HDMI extenders into a single 1U rack space. In addition, the Ethernet connection on the enclosure provides centralized management and control of each extender.”
The PowerCage 401 is outfitted with thermal management and a variable speed fan provide optimal cooling, while dual-redundant and hot-swappable power supplies help ensure reliability. The enclosure also includes dual AC power inputs for continuous connection to primary and back‑up power sources.
An Ethernet port allows insertion of RS‑232, enabling system level control of the endpoints and attached devices without needing additional cabling.
The PowerCage 401 FOX DT HD and PowerCage 401 FOX DR HD offer additional features, including Key Minder, EDID Minder, Auto Input Memory, audio embedding and de‑embedding, audio gain and attenuation adjustment, internal test patterns, and Ethernet monitoring and control.
The transmitter and receiver modules are available in multi-mode and single-mode models, providing signal extension for moderate distances of up to 2 km (1.25 miles) over multimode fiber optic cable and extreme distances up to 30 km (18.75 miles) when using single-mode cable. The dual transmitters and receivers operate independently to support two separate devices.