Company Info

A brief history and timeline

Serving the pro-AV and digital signage markets, Magenta Research is the industry recognized leader in the transmission, switching and flexible distribution of multi-format video, audio and auxiliary signals over fiber and Cat-X cabling. Its product range includes AV extenders, distribution amplifiers and matrix switchers for DVI, HDMI, VGA, and component, composite, S-Video, audio, USB and RS-232. Magenta’s world renowned MultiView, Infinea and Mondo products are benchmarks in field reliability for 24/7 and mission critical environments, and Magenta's newly launched Voyager Series is the world's first all-format fiber optic signal distribution platform. Hundreds of thousands of displays worldwide have been trusted with Magenta in virtually all environments including commercial, industrial, government, military, residential, transport, education, healthcare, retail, hospitality, sports and entertainment.

Company History

Founded in 1998, Magenta Research began the journey of AV signal distribution by offering KVM and video switching products for use in financial trading floors. Since then, Magenta has consistently delivered technology that has not only overcome significant technical hurdles in the distribution of audio, video and serial signals at high resolutions and long distances, but has also enabled the proliferation of digital signage and information displays across the world.

In 1999, Magenta demonstrated the feasibility of AV signal distribution over UTP by offering the first XGA extension over UTP, the quality of which was indistinguishable from the source and consequently spawned a new paradigm in AV signal distribution over long distances.

In 2001, Magenta reinforced the future of UTP cabling for AV extension in digital signage applications by combining full-modem serial extension capability with AV signals on a single UTP cable. At the same time, Magenta also delivered the first SXGA video extension over UTP.

In 2003, Magenta introduced the MultiView Series which delivered the world’s first UTP extension platform to support UXGA video at 1500ft/457m.

In 2005, with the introduction of the Mondo Matrix, Magenta research became the first company to offer a UTP based full Matrix AV switcher, that was scalable and field upgradable from 16x16 to 256x512. Compatible with MultiView, the combined platform offered the most flexible switching and longest extension system in the world and continues to be the benchmark for such systems to this present day.

The introduction of the Infinea DVI Series in 2006 enabled the world’s first unlimited distance extension of DVI, stereo audio and duplex serial signals by utilizing multi-mode or single-mode fiber and daisy chaining capabilities.

Continuing the tradition of being a technology leader, Magenta Research introduced the XR2000 Receiver in 2008, delivering the world’s only extension system capable of supporting 1920x1200 resolution video, stereo audio and duplex serial signals over an unprecedented 2000ft/609m of UTP cable. In 2008, Magenta also launched the Mondo III, which extended the four year dominance of the Mondo II by offering a full matrix switching platform capable of switching and extending video, audio and addressable duplex serial signals with scalable configurations from 16x16 to 256x512.

In 2010, Magenta announced the long awaited, cost effective solution that the pro-AV and digital signage industries have been demanding – the Voyager Series. The Voyager AV signal distribution platform is a unique, interoperable set of extenders, distribution amplifiers and matrix switchers that enable any end-to-end configuration (VGA, DVI, HDMI, Display Port) for distribution of uncompressed video, audio and RS-232 signals over fiber. It is a cost effective solution which simplifies the integration of digital and analog video and peripheral signals into a single platform that supports HDCP, is easy to scale, configure and install, and can be procured at an investment level close to the historical analog platform pricing.

In 2011 Magenta introduced a smaller Voyager matrix switch, the Voyager VG-Matrix 48x, along with smaller form factor Voyager transmitters (the CFS range) and a solution for densely rack-mounting multiple transmitters in a single location (the CF-18 chassis). Magenta's MultiView line saw the debut of a MultiView DVI receiver, which allows digital video to be introduced into a MultiView/Mondo system. A variety of MultiView II transmitters were also released in 2011, which added extra control and additional  functionality, leading to the even easier replication of 1080p (and higher) video to distances of 2,000 feet.

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