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Optical AV Over IP Video System for 10G Networks

UBEX is an optical scaling extender which allows 4K UHD@60Hz 4:4:4 uncompressed signal extension with latency-free multistreaming. The device is designed to use Video Over IP transmission on a 10G Ethernet network.

Highlighted features

  • Scaling of video signals to match the properties of the target display/sink
  • Audio embedding and de-embedding
  • USB KVM (HID) extension
  • Ethernet extension (1 Gbps)
  • Support for high bitrate audio, including Dolby TrueHD, Dolby ATMOS and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • HDR support
  • 4096x2160@60Hz/4:4:4 maximum resolution (600MHz)
  • Uncompressed video up to 18 Gbps datarate (600 MHz pixel clock)

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Learn More About The Unrivalled Features of UBEX

Lightware’s UBEX 10G AV-over-IP system brings a plethora of features highly-specific for esport applications, including the support of video signal resolutions up to 4K60 through HDMI 2.0 as well as seamless switching, video wall capabilities and silent operation.

UBEX is an optical scaling extender which allows 4K UHD@60Hz 4:4:4 uncompressed signal extension with latency-free multistreaming. The device is designed to use Video Over IP transmission on a 10G Ethernet network, it has standard, 10 Gbps SFP+ optical modules installed, which are field-exchangeable by the user.

UBEX units can connect to create a complex network with the use of a standard Ethernet switch.

An UBEX-MMU-X200 Matrix Management Unit (MMU) is required to control and supervise a virtual matrix, which can be created by connecting UBEX units as input and output endpoints to an Ethernet switch acting as crosspoint.The MMU device can update the firmware of endpoint UBEX units in a virtual matrix application simultaneously, without limitation for the number of devices in the setup.

One of the prime advantages of such new architecture is scalability: the virtual matrix created can have a virtually infinite number of endpoints, limited only by the number of open ports on the Ethernet switch used. Such a virtual matrix can be also extremely asymmetrical, as e.g. it could have only a few (or one) devices on the input side, while an almost unlimited number of output end units.

Using visually lossless compression, UBEX can extend two Full 4K UHD signals over a single, 10 Gbps Ethernet port. This generates substantial cost saving on the required Ethernet switch side, as with UBEX only half the router size is required compared to the needs of similar, 10 Gbps IP based architectures. For video signals which can be transferred within the 10G speed limit of a single optical fiber, a video signal redundancy feature is available employing the second optical fiber channel.

The UBEX design also favors dual-screen applications: each transmitter and each receiver handles 2x HDMI 2.0 video ports.

UBEX can also be used in a point to point setup as a conventional extender pair between endpoints. It is not required to use an Ethernet switch when point to point extension is required.

The Video Wall Wizard for UBEX features quick video wall installation with bezel adjustment and cropping, includes options for various layouts within the video wall matrix and also allows zones for smart management.

The maximum reachable distance is ranging between 400 m and 80km, depending on the type of singlemode or multimode optical modules installed in the device, and on the signal properties.

The internal power source of UBEX has Medical (60601) and ITE (60950) grade classifications for maximum reliability.

Hardware Features

Link 20G 20G 20G
Type of videos HDMI 2.0 HDMI 2.0 HDMI 2.0
Nr. of video inputs 2 2 2
Nr. of video outputs 2 2 2
Balanced stereo analog audio I/O ports
IR I/O and RS.232 control ports
1 Gbps Ethernet
Nr. of fibers (W/STANDARD SFP +) 4 4 4
Nr. of fibers (W/BIDI SFP +) 2 2 2

Software Features

4K scaling 1 1 1
Framerate conversion
4K UHD @ 60Hz 4:4:4
30 bit deep color support
Audio embedding and de-embedding
Advanced edid management
HDCP 2.2 compliant
Seamless switching

1 : for only one video stream

Uncompressed Signal Management Over IP

Typical Applications

  • Large office building environments
  • Yacht and other high-end residential systems
  • Rental and Staging

Uncompressed Signal Management Over IP


Lightware’s Ultra Bandwidth Extender, the UBEX is a new, optical solution, which allows 4K UHD@60Hz 4:4:4 uncompressed signal extension without latency, operating using a packet-based transmission instead of the conventional method.

User-installable Optical Modules

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The device has standard, certified 10 Gbps SFP+ optical modules, which are plug and play and interchangeable by the user. Either duplex multimode/singlemode modules (one fiber for each direction per 10 Gbps link) or bi-directional singlemode modules (one fiber for both direction per 10 Gbps link) can be installed.

Variable Extension Distances

The maximum reachable distance is 400 m with multimode modules (OM4), and 10 km with short range singlemode modules, or 80 km with long range singlemode modules.

Virtually Unlimited Scalability

One of the primary advantages of the new architecture is scalability. By using standard Ethernet switches as virtual crosspoint for UBEX devices, an unlimited size virtual matrix can be built, where the crosspoint size is only limited by the size of the switch used. Also an advantage of the virtual matrix architecture is that the virtual matrix can be even extremely asymmetrical with one UBEX on one, and potentially several hundred UBEX units at the other end of the virtual crosspoint.

Traditional Point-to-Point Extension and Transceiver mode

Point-to-Point Extension

UBEX can operate as a traditional point-point extender too, with reliable optical extension linking directly to the UBEX device in receiver mode. The UBEX device can operate as transmitter, receiver or transceiver as well.

Add-on Modules

UBEX is available with numerous add-ons, providing audio breakaway signal management, KVM, IR, RS232 and Gigabit Ethernet control.

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