New Datapath 4K multi-display FX4 available May

Advancements in digital signage requirements mean that customers demand greater freedom in creating and deploying small, medium and large scale signage projects.  The Datapath Fx4 is a multi-faceted stand alone display controller that supports a choice of inputs, high bandwidth loop-through as well as 4 genlocked outputs in either DisplayPort or HDMI.

The Fx4 features a DisplayPort1.2 main input alongside two HDMI1.4 inputs offering either 4k 4096x2160p at 60 fps or UHD 2160p at 30 fps respectively.  The intuitive user interface allows users to determine which input is used.

Each output monitor can take its input from any region of the input image as all of the required cropping, scaling, rotation and frame-rate conversion is handled by the Datapath Fx4 hardware. These regions can overlap to allow any output to replicate another or can be configured to support any creative splice of the source material.  This allows the support of many non-rectangular screen arrangements with uneven gaps, as well as any mix of monitor orientations.

As an example, high quality downscaling allows the display of a 4k source on a single output, while other outputs can crop and upscale to create an almost unlimited multi-screen canvas.

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The new ActiveConnect cables require no additional power and measure just 7mm in diameter. They are designed to provide a direct connection from any graphics card, including the Datapath ImageDP4, to either DisplayPort or HDMI monitors or from media players to Datapath’s HDMI or DisplayPort capture cards.

Along with the absence of additional power requirements a further USP is the transmission of full 4k signals at 60 fps to suit all high resolution applications. Each cable is HDCP compliant, allowing for protected sources to be carried within the Datapath system. In addition, the cables are Plenum-rated, ensuring they can be installed safely into building cavities such as walls, floors or ceilings.

ActiveConnect cables are available with either DisplayPort1.2 or HDMI2.0 connectors. The DisplayPort is available in 25, 50 and 100 metre lengths, with the HDMI currently available in 25 and 50 metres, with 100m coming soon. The larger sizes are shipped on spindles for ease of deployment.