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Just Add Power’s New Transmitters to Solve Supply Chain Issues

Just Add Power’s new 718KVM/749KVM Transmitters can be upgraded in the field to enable full AVP functionality once chips are available.

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Just Add Power, prominent in AV-over-IP distribution, announced its new 718KVM and 749KVM transmitters. The Seminole, Fla.-based company says the transmitters are built in response to the customer demand for the 718AVP and 749AVP transmitters at a time when the solutions’ Dolby downmixing chipset is in short supply.  With these, the company adds that it is building upon its legacy of continuous product flexibility and support.

Solution for Supply Chain Shortage

The new 718KVM and 749KVM transmitters support keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM), as well as stereo audio breakout right out of the box. It will also be field-modifiable in the future to have all features of the 718AVP/749AVP once chips become more readily available. This strategy will protect dealer investments. It will also give them a path toward full AVP performance.

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Taft Stricklin, sales team manager at Just Add Power, acknowledges that the company too, has experienced supply chain issues. He adds that the new 718KVM and 749KVM transmitters present installers with an affordable, modular solution. Moreover, they also offer future support for AVP. He remarks, “…We will continue to produce this product even after the chip shortage has resolved because it provides a lower cost of entry into Just Add Power AV distribution with KVM functionality for projects that do not need Dolby downmixing.”

Just Add Power’s new 718KVM and the rackmount 749KVM will replace the out-of-stock 718AVP and 749AVP indefinitely.

Like the AVP models, the new PoE transmitters encode a 4K or lower-resolution source device into an IP signal and send it over the network with ultra-low latency and instant switching; support HDCP 2.2 and USB 2.0; and feature image pull, stereo audio output 3.5mm with adjustable delay, and RS-232, IR, and CEC control of sources.

Once available, the upgrade will enable Dolby DSP. Thus, it will re-encode Dolby Digital 5.1 as Dolby Pro Logic II for HDMI distribution to both multi-channel and stereo audio zones. It will also provide two analog audio inputs that are mixable with HDMI audio.

According to Just Add Power, the KVM transmitters are now available for shipping.