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New Firewire Extender 800 from Gefen

WOODLAND HILLS, CA – February 1, 2005 – Gefen today announced the release of its new Firewire Extender 800, a solution that extends computer generated video for remote powered performance. It works through a sender and receiver
system that connects the local computer to the remote device with multimode fiber optics cables.

The Firewire Extender 800 sends large amounts of data speedily at rates up to 800 megabytes per second. This enables equipment to operate as if connected locally when anywhere within a 300 foot (100 meter) distance from the source.

“Apple’s G5 computers come equipped with a Firewire 1394b connection and our Firewire Extender 800 is simply a natural peripheral extension solution,” said Hagai Gefen, president, Gefen Inc. “Without this type of system, Firewire can only be extended about 15 feet without seeing some type of
degradation, either in time lag or video image.”

The use of fiber optics cabling combined with innovative data packaging is what allows Firewire devices to perform as if connected directly to the source.

Designed for professional studio application and the prosumer market, Gefen’s Firewire Extender 800 (MSRP $799) is currently available to order through or through a Gefen reseller (listed online).

Compliance: IEEE1394b draft 2.0
Duplex LC type optical port supporting 62.5 µm, 50.0 µm Multi-mode Glass of
Fiber Laser Class 1 Eye Safety compliant: 850nm VCSEL Box dimensions:
3.89″/.86″/3.50″ (w/h/d) Ship Weight: 3 lbs.
Power supply: DC12~40V (max.500mA)


About Gefen:
Gefen provides consumer electronics and audio/video connectivity solutions with multi-platform extension, switching, distribution and conversion capabilities. Gefen is consistently the first to deliver advanced technologies for home theater, computers and other AV environments. Products support high definition digital video, analog video and digital and analog
audio using various interfaces such as HDMI, DVI, dual link DVI, HD-SDI, SDI, VGA, USB, Firewire and RS-232. A selection of cabling is also available through Gefen. Detailed information may be found online at

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