Crestron DM 3.0 sets new digital standard

Four core digital standards embedded in DigitalMedia product line transforms AV distribution and AV industry yet again

AV-CrestronAt Integrated Systems Europe 2015 in Amsterdam, February 10–12, Crestron will establish the new DM 3.0 standard, and will offer live demonstrations of more DigitalMedia™ 4K products. DM is still the only end-to-end 4K certified distribution solution.

“A decade ago, Crestron laid the foundation for DigitalMedia, the AV distribution technology that would go on to transform the industry. Today DM 3.0, the new digital standard for every room, does it again,” says Fred Bargetzi, Chief Technology Officer at Crestron. “DM 3.0 is four core digital standards: uncompressed bit-for-bit 4K/60 distribution and scaling, streaming AV, enterprise-class IT solution, and end-to-end scalable solutions for every room type.”

Crestron will be debuting the following new DM 4K products at ISE 2015, each of which meet one or more requirement of the DM 3.0 standard:

World’s first and only 4K/60 Hz scaler

What makes the cutting-edge 4K DigitalMedia Receiver & Room Controller w/Scaler (DM-RMC-4K-SCALER-C) unique is its exclusive scaler chip, developed at the Crestron Research Center. Other AV companies simply don’t have this capability. As a result, the technology can’t be found anywhere else. The scaler can convert any resolution and frame rate to any other resolution and frame rate, up to 4096×2160 at 60 Hz.

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4K DigitalMedia Presentation System

The all-new 3-Series® 4K DigitalMedia Presentation System (DMPS3-4K-150-C) delivers 4K switching and scaling with simple setup powered by exclusive new Crestron .AV Framework™.

It combines DM technology with an IP-based 3-Series Control System®, 10X1 4K/60 switcher, mic mixer, and audio DSP. The exclusive built-in 4K scaler converts any resolution and frame rate to any other resolution and frame rate, up to 4096×2160/30.

Single-gang 4K transmitter and receiver

Both the Wall Plate 4K DigitalMedia Transmitter (DM-TX1-4K-C-1G) and Wall Plate 4K DigitalMedia Receiver (DM-RX1-4K-C-1G) are powered over DM, so all you need is a single cable. Using CEC, many devices can be controlled right through their HDMI® connections, eliminating the need for serial cables or IR emitters. Available in both black and white, both devices utilize a standard electrical box for tidy, discreet installation.

4K HDBaseT® input cards

The 4K DigitalMedia Input Card for DM Switchers (DMC-4K-C) and 4K DigitalMedia Input Card w/Downmixing for DM Switchers (DMC-4K-C-DSP) provide a single DM or HDBaseT input for any DM switcher with modular input card slots, and handles 4K and Ultra HD video resolutions. Available with a DSP for stereo downmixing of multichannel input signals to enable simultaneous distribution of multichannel and 2-channel audio.

4K HDMI output cards

The 2-Channel 4K DigitalMedia Output Card for DM Switchers (DMC-4K-HDO) provides two 4K HDMI outputs and two balanced audio outputs with volume control.

DM Ultra Cable

DigitalMedia™ Ultra Cable, Low Smoke Zero Halogen (DM-CBL-ULTRA-LSZH) meets the requirements for use in Europe per IEC 60332-1 specifications. It’s proven to deliver error-free 4K HDMI signals via HDBaseT over longer distances than other category cables. DM Ultra Cable is the only cable that exceeds HDMI specification, which allows fewer than one pixel error per billion, for HDBaseT distribution of 4K content up to 100 meters. A CAT7a shielded twisted pair cable, it’s engineered to deliver optimum performance for 10 gigabit Ethernet; perfect for any application that requires high-performance category cable.

4K HDMI distribution amplifiers

The 1-to-2 4K HDMI Distribution Amplifier (HD-DA2-4K-E), 1-to-4 4K HDMI Distribution Amplifier (HD-DA4-4K-E), and 1-to-8 4K HDMI Distribution Amplifier (HD-DA8-4K-E) split one 4K HDMI source to two, four, or eight separate outputs, respectively.

“These new products offer further proof that no other solution can compete with the complete package you get with DM,” added Bargetzi. “DM 3.0 is more than just the industry standard. It’s the most innovative products, an installed base of millions of HDMI and HDBaseT ports, the most comprehensive training, and award-winning service and support, including our new live online assistance. DM continues to evolve, innovation after innovation.”

More to come

Crestron will be introducing even more DM 3.0 4K products in 2015, further cementing its position as the only complete 4K certified distribution system. Visit Crestron stand #2-C-24 at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 in Amsterdam, February 10–12 for live product demonstrations.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione