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Datapath releases the Fx4 – the next generation display controller

Datapath Fx4

Datapath Ltd, world leaders in the field of computer graphics, video capture and video wall technology, has introduced its latest, much-anticipated Datapath Fx4. This next-generation multi-display controller offers four outputs and three inputs from a single box, leading to a myriad of possibilities for the end user.

Among many exceptional features, the high performance Datapath Fx4 is capable of DisplayPort 1.2 capture at 4K/UHD at 60fps and HDMI 1.4 4K capture at 30fps. All inputs and outputs support HDCP content and can be programmed and controlled independently through either a local USB connection or the on-board network interface.

Developed for true stand-alone operation, the non-volatile operation of the Datapath Fx4 can adapt to input changes by automatically adjusting all scale factors. The intuitive user interface allows customers to determine which input is used.

The Datapath Fx4 is suitable for projects of all sizes. Featuring high bandwidth DisplayPort1.2 loop-through, any of the device’s inputs can be daisy chained to build video walls of the largest scale imaginable. With dual Ethernet port capability, only one Datapath Fx4 in the chain requires connection to the physical LAN as Ethernet loop-through is supported on the second port, meaning multiple devices can be connected.

Despite the potential size of installations that can be created using the Datapath Fx4, the company has engineered the device to offer its simplest installation to date.

Ultimately, the Datapath Fx4 has been developed to meet increasing customer demand for design freedom in creating and deploying small, medium and large scale signage projects. Here, with the assistance of Datapath’s Wall Designer software, even the most creative video walls can be produced with ease. This hugely popular multi-screen design tool has been updated specifically to incorporate the Datapath Fx4.

Wall Designer allows users to add displays from the ever-expanding database of monitors. Users can also visualise their content by adding inputs, adjust display regions and instantly program all linked devices. With bezel correction, image rotation, cropping, scaling and mirroring options, as well as the ability to overlap or replicate any splice of the source material, there are limitless creative configurations.

The outputs comprise a choice of four genlocked HDMI or DisplayPort HD 1080p connections. Each output monitor can take its input from any region of the input image as all of the required cropping, scaling, rotation and frame-rate conversion is handled by the Datapath Fx4 hardware. These regions can overlap to permit any output to replicate another, or can be configured to support any creative splice of the source material. This allows the support of many non-rectangular screen arrangements, as well as any mix of monitor orientations, permitting users to create an almost unlimited multi-monitor canvas.

For further information, see the Datapath Fx4 product page

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