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New HDMI Switchers Join Gefens ex-tend-it HDTV Solutions

WOODLAND HILLS, CA — September 3, 2004 — Two new high definition video switchers from Gefen offer greater flexibility and support for a wide selection of high definition video displays and sources by accommodating both HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) and DVI (digital visual interface) devices. Most of the consumer and high-end HDTV gear available today is equipped with one of several interfaces that connect sources to displays via cable. DVI and HDMI are among the most popular, however, neither can connect directly to the other.

Gefen’s HDMI Switchers are designed to support both interfaces, allowing for cross-interface connections. While the Switchers are manufactured with HDMI connectors, which are smaller than DVI, Gefen supplies a variety of low-cost (up to $29) HDMI to DVI and DVI to HDMI adapters and cables for DVI devices. These solutions enable incompatible sources and displays to connect and operate seamlessly.

The ex-tend-it 2×1 and the 4×1 HDMI Switchers connect either two or four high definition video sources to one display. Access to each source is achieved in a nearly instantaneous “switch” controlled by the IR remote that comes with each unit. Each can also be programmed for use with a universal remote control.

Gefen’s HDMI Switchers eliminate the need to unplug and replug multiple sources to the same display; everything is connected and accessible all the time. Geared towards multi-functional displays, the Switchers work with satellite set-top boxes, HD-DVDs and similar HD video sources and displays. Multi-channel digital audio and high definition video in multiple resolutions up to 1080P is switched for each HDMI source. DVI sources switch high definition video only in resolutions up to 1080P.

Each Switcher is fully HDCP (high bandwidth digital content protection) pass-through compliant–a must for handling protected HDTV content, which is likely to become mandatory as HDTV continues to permeate the market.

These new HDMI Switchers join Gefen’s existing DVI-based HDTV Switchers, the 2×1, 4×1 and 4×4 Matrix Switchers, providing comprehensive small-scale switching solutions with greater application and usability.

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The 2×1 HDMI Switcher ($249) is currently available for purchase online at www.gefen.com or through a Gefen reseller, listed online. The 4×1 HDMI Switcher is expected to begin shipping in October 2004.

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About Gefen Inc:

Gefen provides computer and electronics connectivity solutions through its ex-tend-it Professional Series, which offers multi-platform extension, switching, distribution and conversion technologies. Gefen is currently pioneering a full line of HDTV products that enable high definition digital video to be split, switched and extended. A selection of HDMI, fiber optics, DVI and CAT5 cabling is available through Gefen as well as SDI, audio, USB, CAT5, PS/2, RS232 and similar peripheral support solutions. Detailed product information may be found at www.gefen.com.

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