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Lightware Visual Engineering is a leading manufacturer of matrix switchers and accessories for professional AV market. Our goal is to recognize industry needs and develop highest quality and performance-rich products by continuously consulting with integrators, rental technicians, and design engineers.

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AV Integration with 4K and USB-C: Meet the Taurus UCX HC40
Posted on Friday, October 13, 2023
AV Integration with 4K and USB-C: Meet the Taurus UCX HC40

Oct. 13, 2023 - Introducing the Taurus UCX HC40, a groundbreaking video switcher carefully designed with AV integrators in mind. This state-of-the-art equipment harnesses the potential of USB-C connectivity, bringing a transformative edge to your AV installations.

This pioneering new device simplifies 4K video, audio, and control signal transmission, all while providing power over a single USB-C connection. All the advantages that the previous UCX devices were capable of are also available in this one: no more dealing with a tangle of cables and connectors, making your AV setups cleaner and more efficient. With data speeds of up to 5 Gbps thanks to USB 3.1 Gen1, you can ensure ultra-fast and reliable connections. High-quality, ultralow-latency video and audio are now at your fingertips.

The new Taurus variant brings an improved USB Hub, providing faster connections and enhanced compatibility with non-compliant USB devices and extenders. In the future, problem-solving for sure will become synonymous with the name of Taurus HC40.

Users who connect their laptop or other mobile device via USB-C can also enjoy charging up to 100W (120W total), thus eliminating the need to look for a wall plug and to avoid sudden interruption of meetings. Good news for Mac users, there’s an updated USB-Ethernet gateway for MacBook M1/M2 compatibility.

Our commitment to innovation doesn't stop here: the Taurus UCX HC40 boasts an array of general improvements, including a front live LED for easy status monitoring and the ability to configure internal pull-up/pull-down for Room Occupancy (OCS). It also provides more flash storage space, which is particularly advantageous for Lightware's LARA. And, the new vent hole design ensures efficient passive cooling. In the 4x2 and 2x1 variants, we've switched the second USB host port to USB-C (data only) to support active USB extender cables. This simplifies your setups and ensures that you can seamlessly extend your AV systems.

In November 2023, a Dante-version of the Taurus UCX 4x2 variant, known as the UCX-4x2-HC40D, will be released. This version comes with support for Dante/AES67 network connection, enabling the immediate de-embedding of audio signals from the HDMI source. These audio signals can then be sent directly to an external audio system that is Dante/AES67 compatible. What’s more, the UCX-4x3-HC40BD product version, which will have the bidirectional Dante feature, is coming in early 2024.

Elevate your installations with the latest in USB-C technology, and deliver superior AV experiences. Contact us to learn more to witness the possibilities of USB-C in action.

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