Lightware Unleashes USB-C Connectivity with Taurus UCX HC40

Published: 19 October 2023

Lightware Unleashes USB-C Connectivity with Taurus UCX HC40

The new video-switcher allows AV Integration with 4K and USB-C

Lightware Visual Engineering, a leading manufacturer of connectivity solutions for the professional integrated systems market and a pioneer in signal management, is pleased to announce the  launch of 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 AV installations.

Taurus UCX HC40 simplifies 4K video, audio, and control signal transmission, while providing power over a single USB-C connection. As with the previous UCX devices, Taurus UCX HC40 makes AV setups cleaner and more efficient, by reducing the use of cables and connectors. Moreover, with data speeds of up to 5 Gbps thanks to USB 3.1 Gen1, it ensures high-quality and ultralow-latency of video and audio.

The new Taurus variant brings an improved USB Hub, providing faster connections and enhanced compatibility with non-compliant USB devices and extenders. It also includes a front live LED for easy status monitoring and the ability to configure internal pull-up/pull-down for Room Occupancy (OCS); more flash storage space, particularly advantageous for Lightware's LARA; and a new vent hole design for efficient passive  and noiseless cooling that keeps devices running at the optimal temperature without a whisper.

Other important features are:

  • Automated room control included through GPIO ports, besides of RS-232 and occupancy sensor connectivity.
  • Analog audio de-embedding.
  • Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) that allows interconnected HDMI devices to work seamlessly together. 
  • Multiple USB 3.1 Gen 1 Connectivity that supports camera, speakerphone, touch monitor, and other USB devices.

In the 4x2 and 2x1 versions, the second USB hosts a port to USB-C (data only) to support active USB extender cables. This simplifies setups and ensures the seamless extension of AV systems.

Users who connect their laptop or other mobile devices via USB-C can charge up to 100W (120W total), thus eliminating the need to look for a wall plug and avoiding sudden meetings interruptions. Mac users can also  enjoy an updated USB-Ethernet gateway for MacBook M1/M2 compatibility.

“Our commitment to innovation is one of the characteristics of Lightware Visual Engineering and it’s embedded in each one of our products and solutions. With Taurus UCX HC40, we are moving a step forward, elevating installations with the latest in USB-C technology, and delivering superior experiences for AV integrators,” said Gergely Vida, CEO, Lightware Visual Engineering.

In November 2023, a Dante-version of the Taurus UCX 4x2 variant, known as the UCX-4x2-HC40D, will come with support for Dante/AES67 network connection, enabling the immediate de-embedding of audio signals from the HDMI source. These audio signals can be sent directly to an external audio system that is Dante/AES67 compatible. 

The UCX-4x3-HC40BD product version, which will have the bidirectional Dante feature, will be available in early 2024.

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