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The dL8 Distribution Amplifier from Datapath is an eight output distribution amplifier for ultra-high resolution dual-link DVI signals, providing a programmable and flexible solution for any video wall display. One dual-link DVI output, supporting graphics sources with pixel clocks up to 330 MHz, and resolutions beyond Quad-HD (3480 x 2160), can be delivered to eight outputs on separate dual-link DVI-D connectors. The unit supports up to 65.6' even at full dual-link resolutions due to additional active equalization and re-clocking hardware, allowing convenient location for flexible display designs.
The dL8 has been designed and developed to operate with the x4 stand-alone display wall controller. The partnership of a dL8 and up to eight x4 display wall controllers allows you to utilize your creative imagination to construct display solutions for digital signage applications and video walls. Each of the x4 units can accept one of dual-link DVI output from the dL8 and select four arbitrary regions from it for display of all standard single-link DVI or HDMI monitors. Using this solution, it is possible to create up to 32 screen video walls, with complex display wall arrangements for any mixture of landscape and portrait display formats. Since the dL8 guarantees that all eight outputs are exactly locked to the source, all these 32 screens can be frame-locked for optimum display of creative, dynamic content.
The unit offers easy installation, low maintenance and high resolution visualizations. At high resolution, DVI signals cannot normally be guaranteed beyond 16.4' (5m) cables due to the nature of signal losses inherent in the DVI cables and connectors. The dL8 has a fully programmable EDID to graphics source, allowing simple control of resolution and frame rate. Through active equalization and re-clocking hardware it supports source cable lengths up to 65.6' (20m) at full dual-link video resolutions. The high quality re-clocking signal processing ensures that any timing skews that might be introduced by the lower cost input cables can be corrected within the dL8, maximizing the signal quality of the output signals.
Supports up to 32 screens video walls when used in conjunction with up to 8 Datapath x4 stand-alone display wall controllers
Distribution and signal conditioning of arbitrary DVI source signals
Supports any resolution or frame rate that can be used supported in either single or dual-link DVI
Supports any resolutions up to and beyond Quad-HD (3840 x 2160) up to pixel clocks of 330 MHz
Sophisticated EDID management
Support for long input cables, allowing convenient location
In the Box
DATAPATH dL8 1 x 8 Dual-Link DVI Distribution Amplifier
USB Cable Type A to B
Limited 3-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
1 x DVI-D, dual-link DVI input
1 x USB, Type B host communications input
8 x DVI-D, dual-link DVI output
1 x IEC mains power jack, power input
Front Panel Controls
1 x Push button, EDID sampling
3 x LED, Power/Input/Status, flashing feedback for USB or EDID
Supports USB 2.0 for programming of input EDID parameters using the Datapath dL8 control application
Operating System Support
Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7
Incorporates TMDS re-clocking equalizer to support up to 65.6' (20 m) cables
Programmable EDID to indicate preferred mode
No limit to aspect ratios or frame rates of DVI signals that can be accepted, provided they remain within the dual-link 330 MHz specification
Input is not HDCP compatible
Supports up to 16.4' (5 m) cables into standard DVI receiver
Operating: 32 to 95°F (0 to 35°C)
Storage: -4 to 158°F (-20 to 70°C)
5 - 90%, non-condensing
100 - 240 VAC universal power supply, 25 W maximum