Lightware has introduced the UBEX (Ultra Bandwidth Extender), a versatile Networked AV (aka Video Over IP) extender which can operate as a virtual matrix using a standard Ethernet switch as a crosspoint while also working as a conventional point-to-point extender.

This new optical unit allows 4K UHD@60Hz 4:4:4 signal extension with the use of packet-based transmission. The video signals are handled fully uncompressed and transmitted over 20 Gbps optical links, or using minimal, visually lossless compression UBEX can extend two Full 4K signals simultaneously over one 10 Gbps optical link.

UBEX is designed to be future proof, while engineers also paid attention to conform the current needs and expectations of AV professionals.Optical Modules
Standard, certificated 10 Gbps SFP+ optical modules are installed in the device which are plug and play, so they are interchangeable by the user. There could be either duplex multimode/singlemode modules (one fiber for each direction per 10 Gbps link) or bi-directional singlemode modules (one fiber for both directions per 10 Gbps link).

Point-to-Point and Networked AV Operation Options
UBEX can work both in a traditional point-to-point application structure and can also operate as a virtual matrix network by using of a standard Ethernet switch as a virtual crosspoint.Unlimited Scalability
One of the primary advantages of this new architecture is scalability.
The number of I/O ports in a UBEX based virtual matrix only depends on the size of the standard Ethernet switch used in the network.

Extension Distances
The maximum reachable extension distance with multimode modules (OM4) is 400 m, with short range singlemode modules it is 10 km, or with long range singlemode modules it can reach as far as 80 km. The number of necessary fibers depends on the link speed and the optical module: for 10 Gbps one or two fibers, for 20 Gbps two or four fibers, for 40 Gbpsfour or eight fibers are needed.

Unique Applications
The unit is designed to work as transmitter, receiver or transceiver, the change between these modes can be implemented by a simple and quick firmware change. In transceiver mode the device can transmit and receive 4K signals simultaniously. Ubex supports operating in daisy chain mode, making it especially suitable for large digital signage projects.

Ubex is capable of working in a strictly unidirectional system with low and high security levels as a data diode, assuring that every kind of data traffic is restricted to flow exclusively in one direction, from the ‘low’ side towards the ‘high’ side, and never reversed.