Tuesday, April 24, 2007

IOGEAR Simplifies Home Entertainment Connections With World's First True Automatic HDMI Switch

The newer HDTV's have 3 HDMI connections, but if you're stuck with a slightly older one that only has one, here is a solution for you. I've seen switches selling online for $300+ which is a complete rip off, so this one is reasonably priced, and at least give you a solution if you don't have enough HDMI ports built into your tv. The bonus of this device is that it automatically senses which device is sending a signal and switches to that source without you having to select it. Read on.....

IRVINE, Calif., /PRNewswire/ -- Digital home enthusiasts no longer have to use a remote to alternate between multiple High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) devices with the world's first true automatic HDMI switch. IOGEAR's new HDMI 2x1 Automatic Switch (HDAS) is the only product on the market that senses which HDMI product is currently in use, with IOGEAR's patented HDAS technology, and instantly locks and transfers the appropriate audio and video content to the connected HD display. It also eliminates the hassle of having to plug and unplug HDMI cables between home entertainment equipment in order to connect to an HDTV that does not have enough input ports.

According to In-Stat, HDMI-enabled device shipments will grow 78 percent per year through 2010(1). As the technology becomes increasingly incorporated into common consumer electronics products such as set top boxes, DVD players, gaming consoles like PLAYSTATION(R)3, and even computers, end users may run into the issue of having too many HDMI-enabled
pieces of hardware and not enough inputs on their televisions. Because of this, they may not be able to experience the high-definition video and audio that their digital devices can provide. IOGEAR's new HDMI 2x1 Automatic Switch provides two input ports that transfer fully-uncompressed digital video and audio to an HDMI display through a single output. "The majority of new home entertainment products support HDMI, however, most televisions do not have enough input ports to connect to all of them at once," said Miranda Su, vice president of sales and marketing at IOGEAR, Inc. "Our new HDMI 2x1 Automatic Switch eliminates frustrations associated with having to continuously plug and unplug devices. Additionally, it is the only true automatic switch available that intuitively detects which source is active and delivers the audio and video content completely in sync with almost no latency."

The product is High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP)(TM) compliant and supports 1080p resolution. LEDs on the front panel display the HDMI device that is currently in use. It is priced at $169.95 (MSRP) and is available immediately from all major catalog resellers, online
resellers and selected retail outlets, and comes with IOGEAR's standard three-year warranty.

IOGear GHDMIAS2 HDMI Automatic Switch on sale at Amazon