AJA introduces miniature converter for HDMI

(Creative Cow – Grass Valley, CA – November 15, 2006) AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion products, announced today HI5, a miniature converter with full support for High-Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI. AJA is introducing HI5 and showcasing it this week at the DV Expo in Los Angeles, November 15-17th at LA Convention Center from booth #617, and at the Inter BEE Expo in Japan at the Makuhari Messe convention complex from November 15th-17th at booth #6307.  HI5 offers cost-effective conversion and a small footprint for viewing SDI and HD-SDI material on HDMI displays.

The uncompressed, all-digital audio/video HMDI interface has become more and more popular for set-top boxes, DVD players, A/V receivers and audio and video monitors.  HI5 allows for media conversion via a single-cable audio/video connection, with embedded SDI/HD-SDI audio, two-channel RCA-style audio outputs for separate audio monitoring if needed, and looping to connect or “daisy chain” multiple monitors to the same SDI/HD-SDI source.

Key features include:
o     SDI/HD-SDI to HDMI conversion
o     Full HDMI support, including audio
o     Additional two-channel, RCA audio output
o     Looping SDI/HD-SDI output
o     Input Formats: 525i, 625i, 720p 50/59.94/60, 1080i 50/59.94/60
o     Video Inputs: HD-SDI/SDI, SMPTE-259/292/296

“With the new HI5 miniature converter, we are making it easy and convenient for customers to convert SDI or HD-SDI content for viewing, with full audio, on HDMI monitors and displays,” said Nick Rashby, Director of Sales and Marketing, AJA Video.  “The HI5 supports a wide range of formats and allows several display devices to be connected to the same SDI/HD-SDI source.  This converter comes with all of the reliability of AJA’s converters and provides a streamlined and cost-efficient solution as HDMI is increasingly adopted.”

Pricing and Availability
The HI5 miniature converter provides streamlined and convenient conversion from SDI or HD-SDI to HDMI.  The converter is priced at $490 (US MSRP) and requires an AJA power supply. HI5 will begin shipments worldwide on December 15.

AJA offers a wide array of miniature standalone and rack-mount video and audio converters, available in SD and HD.  AJA converters are known for uncompromised quality, reliability, modularity, and value. Like all of AJA’s miniature converters, the HI5 includes a five-year international warranty.

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion and Desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post- production markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website www.aja.com.

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~ by jpicune on November 16, 2006.

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