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Minicom to unveil VGA extension system at Screen Media Expo 2009

ZURICH, Switzerland — Minicom digital signage is unveiling its new video extension system, the VGA Extender, at the Screen Media Expo, taking place April 7-8 in Olympia, London, booth E02. The VGA extender is a real-time extension system able to transmit video up to 110m/360ft from one source to one screen or one source to two screens.

“The VGA extender answers current market needs demanding more cost-effective solutions due to the difficult economy and the need to place player PCs in a secure environment,” said Ronni Guggenheim, chief executive of Minicom digital signage. “The extension enables putting media players safely in a back room, far from the public arena, while placing screens up front where they can be viewed by the public — whether in a shop window or hanging from a ceiling. This makes it ideal for a wide variety of applications including menu boards, in bakeries, barber shops, waiting rooms, or any other location requiring dynamic digital displays.”

Unlike most video extenders, the VGA Extender is the only one to come with a unique dual-screen receiver allowing transmission to two back-to-back screens simultaneously, thereby doubling the value of the system. Thanks to its small size, plug-and-play design and low-density, low-cost CAT5/5e/6/7 cabling, the VGA Extender is easy to install. It also receives power from the player PC’s USB port and the receiver unit is so tiny it fits easily on the back of any display device.

“When a user’s business grows, the VGA Extender grows with them,” said VGA Extender product manager Amir Ginossar. “If a user adds more office or shop space they can also add more screens by transforming their extender (one to one) into a distributer (one to many). As part of the VDS Video Distribution System, the VGA Extender allows adding a line splitter which multiplies the video signal allowing transmission of content to potentially hundred of screens.”