Extron has started shipping its new MPS 601, a compact six-input, one-output media presentation switcher for digital and analog sources. It offers four, HDCP-compliant HDMI inputs and two RGB video inputs with analog stereo audio. RGB video and analog audio are digitized and switched through the HDMI output, without the need for additional signal conversion equipment. The MPS 601 features EDID Minder, which maintains continuous EDID communication between connected devices; and Key Minder, which continuously authenticates and maintains HDCP encryption between input and output devices to ensure quick and reliable switching.
The MPS 601 offers some interesting integrator-friendly features including cable equalization on each HDMI input, automatic color bit depth management, power for peripheral devices, and indicators for monitoring and troubleshooting. Multiple control options including front panel, RS232, contact closure and auto-switching between inputs streamline integration into various environments. Housed in a 1U half-rack width metal enclosure, the compact MPS 601 can be rack-mounted, installed in a lectern or mounted under a table.