Quantum Ultra

Ultra-High Bandwidth 4K Videowall Processor with HyperLane Bus
Key Features
  • Scalable 4K/60 videowall processing for display systems of any size
  • Modular architecture accommodates a variety of input and output arrangements
  • Future-ready 400 Gbps HyperLane video bus delivers unparalleled real-time performance
  • Supports 4K on one, two, or four connections
  • Manage multiple videowalls with varying resolutions and screen arrangements from a single processor
  • New Quantum Expansion IN and Quantum Expansion OUT cards link multiple Quantum Ultra processors together to create a single large system
The Extron Quantum Ultra
Model Version Description Part #
 Quantum Ultra 305 3U, 5-slot Frame Call
 Quantum Ultra 610 6U, 10-slot Frame Call
 Quantum IN4HDMI Four-channel HDMI Input Card Call
 Quantum IN SMD 100 Streaming Decoder Card Call
 Quantum Expansion IN Expansion Input Card Call
 Quantum OUT4HDMI Four-channel HDMI Output Card Call
 Quantum OUT4DTP Four-channel DTP Output Card Call
 Quantum Expansion OUT Expansion Output Card Call
 MPO MM 1m Expansion Link Cable 1m Call
 MPO MM 10m Expansion Link Cable 10m Call
 MPO MM 100m Expansion Link Cable 100m Call
 LinkLicense Quantum Ultra Mobile Control App Upgrade Call
 Quantum 610 Power Supply Quantum Ultra 610 Replacement Power Supply Call
 Quantum 610 Power Supply Fan Quantum Ultra 610 Replacement Power Supply Fan Call
 Quantum 610 SBC Assembly Quantum Ultra 610 Replacement SBC Assembly Call
 Quantum 610 C Drive Quantum Ultra 610 Replacement C Drive Call
 Quantum 610 D Drive Quantum Ultra 610 Replacement D Drive Call
 Remote Commissioning – Videowalls Remote Commissioning for Videowalls Call
 Onsite Commissioning - Videowalls Onsite Commissioning for Videowalls Call

Quantum Ultra is a modular 4K videowall processor with high-performance scaling and windowing technology which accommodates a wide range of applications. It features the Extron Vector™ 4K scaling engine and HyperLane® video bus capable of carrying a multitude of high-resolution sources for unmatched real‑time performance. A single processor can support multiple videowalls with mixed resolutions and screen orientations, providing flexible system design with minimal complexity and cost. Portrait and landscape output support, output overlap, and mullion compensation provide compatibility with nearly any display technology. RS‑232, USB, and Ethernet interfaces provide direct connections for control systems. The Quantum Ultra processor’s configurability, features, and performance make it a future-ready solution for any videowall application.

Unparalleled Real-Time Performance

Quantum Ultra features a high-speed video bus that incorporates Extron HyperLane technology, which delivers real-time performance unattainable by other videowall processors.

The future-ready HyperLane video bus has a maximum throughput of 400 Gbps, providing full compatibility with the highest video resolutions currently in use, such as 4K/60 with 4:4:4 color sampling. It has the capacity to simultaneously carry more than twenty 4K/60 4:4:4 sources. It also possesses the bandwidth required to support evolving signal formats, as well as the higher resolutions, high dynamic range - HDR, greater color depth, and expanded color gamut these signals will provide. The HyperLane bus serves one purpose: transporting video data between input and output cards. The dedicated nature of the bus means performance is completely consistent, predictable, and unaffected by any other element of the system. This provides smooth presentation of sources, with no variance in the frame rate of the displayed source layout.

Vector 4K Scaling

Quantum Ultra incorporates the Extron-exclusive Vector 4K scaling engine, developed in‑house and engineered to deliver best-in-class image upscaling and downscaling. Vector 4K embodies several Extron-patented scaling technologies, plus a new set of image processing algorithms that deliver uncompromising scaling performance. This enables sharp, accurate 4:4:4 processing and scaling of video and computer video signals up to 4K, as well as downscaling of 4K source signals for display in small windows or on lower resolution displays without losing critical image detail. It also delivers seamless transitions between presets, with selectable cut or fade through black options.

Flexible, Modular Architecture

Quantum Ultra utilizes a modular architecture to meet the needs of any application. A centralized card-frame is populated with input and output cards selected to match source and display requirements. Multiple card frames can be configured and operated as a single system to accommodate any size videowall.

The Quantum Ultra 610 is a 6U, 10-slot card frame that supports any combination of input and output cards. The robust, embedded operating system resides on a write protected, solid-state storage drive and redundant, hot-swappable power supplies provide reliable operation and maximum up-time.

The Quantum Ultra 305 is a 3U, 5-slot card frame designed for small to medium-sized videowalls. It can be populated with any combination of input and output cards and features a solid-state storage drive for fast startup and a write-protected, embedded operating system.

The IN4HDMI input card accepts four HDMI signals up to 2K, two HDMI signals up to 4K/30, or one signal up to 4K/60. Integrator-friendly features such as EDID Minder and HDCP authorization simplify source integration.

The Quantum IN SMD 100 input card decodes up to four 1080p/60, eight 1080p/30, or 16 SD resolution streams from IP cameras, Extron streaming media encoders, and other H.264 encoders. It supports the video sections of ONVIF Profile S and is compatible with MPEG2, Motion JPEG, and H.264 streams.

The OUT4HDMI and OUT4DTP output cards deliver from one to four outputs at resolutions from 1024x768 to 4K/60. Custom output resolutions maximize compatibility with evolving display technology and custom LED wall applications. HDCP Visual Confirmation provides immediate visual confirmation that protected content cannot be viewed on the displays.

The OUT4DTP provides selectable DTP, XTP, and HDBaseT twisted pair output modes. When paired with the appropriate receiver, it supports distances up to 330 feet (100 meters). Power insertion on the OUT4DTP enables remote powering of DTP receivers. Bidirectional RS-232 and IR pass-through provides control of AV devices by transmitting data alongside the video signal. RS-232 can also be inserted from the Quantum Ultra Ethernet control port, allowing control of devices without the need for RS-232 ports on the control processor.

Supports Multiple Simultaneous Videowalls and Display Types

Quantum Ultra’s configurability make it compatible with nearly any display type, for any application. It accommodates a mixture of display devices with varying resolutions. Output overlap facilitates integration with edge-blended projection applications, and simplifies operation with large LED displays. Adjustable mullion compensation ensures content appears natural when magnified across flat-panel displays. Output rotation accommodates displays with portrait and landscape orientation. Custom output resolutions provide compatibility with current and future display devices, as well as custom LED walls. All of these options are available simultaneously from within a single processor, allowing multiple videowalls to be easily controlled from a single Quantum Ultra.

Advanced Features

From entertainment applications to collaborative data sharing, Quantum Ultra’s presentation features ensure your video display presents the information you need, exactly how you want to see it. Local HDMI inputs, on-board static images, and networked content including H.264 and VNC streams can be windowed and positioned anywhere on the video display. Zoom capabilities allow an area within a video source to be expanded for critical viewing. Input sources and stored images can be rotated 90-degrees clockwise or counterclockwise. SpeedSwitch® and Key Minder® technologies deliver virtually instantaneous switching speeds for HDCP-encrypted content. Seamless cut and fade through black transition effects are available when switching between presets, delivering fast, glitch-free, and professional-looking presentations for any application. Static image files can be stored locally on the Quantum Ultra, and displayed with full keying and alpha channel support. Internally generated clocks can be presented in a variety of time formats, in multiple time zones. Up to 64 windows can be displayed per output card, allowing flexible presentation of unique and repeated live sources, stored images, and clock windows. Custom color borders can be applied to any window, with support for rounded corners, drop shadows, flashing, and transparency. Dynamically controlled border titles and overlay text can identify source names or classification levels for enhanced control room operation. Dynamic, internal test patterns simplify system configuration and display setup.

Streamed Content

The Quantum Ultra 305 and Quantum Ultra 610 card frames support direct decoding of VNC client sessions for presenting desktop information from networked PCs in source windows on the videowall. For traffic management, security, or other applications requiring full motion video, the Quantum IN SMD 100 input card decodes and displays multiple simultaneous MPEG2, Motion JPEG, and H.264 video streams at up to 60 frames per second. This eliminates the need for external decoders, and reduces system cost and complexity.

Reliable, Extron-Engineered Power

Quantum Ultra was engineered for continuous operation in mission-critical environments. The Quantum Ultra 305 features a single Everlast™ power supply, designed and engineered by Extron for dependable operation. The Quantum Ultra 610 features redundant, hot swappable Extron Everlast power supplies as a standard feature, as well as dual IEC connections to facilitate operation across separate circuits for increased redundancy. Both models feature write-protected, solid-state storage, providing security and stability for Quantum Ultra’s operating system. Secure communication protocols provide an encrypted connection during system configuration. Physical communication and TCP/UDP ports can be independently enabled and disabled. Unsolicited remote messages notify system administrators in the event of a of critical component failure.

Mission-Critical, Secure Operation

Quantum Ultra is certified by the Joint Interoperability Test Command – JITC for use in government installations. Inclusion on the Department of Defense Information Network-Approved Product List - DoDIN APL validates that Quantum Ultra has successfully completed interoperability and information assurance testing for use in command and control, conference, training, and briefing room systems.

To impede infections from viruses, Quantum Ultra’s embedded operating system is write-protected, preventing any permanent modifications to the file system without administrator password verification. This eliminates the possibility of viruses or unauthorized file tampering from being retained across a power cycle. SSL communication protocol provides an encrypted connection between the Videowall Configuration Software and Quantum Ultra for system configuration, and for the digitally-signed firmware upgrades. A system event log is maintained as a locally-stored file with a user-definable maximum size, and can be downloaded directly from the processor, and unsolicited remote messages notify system administrators in the event of a of critical component failure.

Easy System Expansion for Large Videowalls

Quantum Expansion IN and Quantum Expansion OUT cards link multiple Quantum Ultra videowall processors together, simplifying the design, integration, and operation of large videowalls. To link processors, an output card is installed in one processor and an input card is installed in another. Three fiber optic cables link the two cards. This extends the high-speed HyperLane® bus between the processors to create a common, shared bus, making each input source available to all video outputs. Once configured, the processors operate as a single system without the need for front-end switching or distribution amplifiers. Up to five processors can be linked using four pairs of expansion cards. Quantum Ultra outputs are genlocked across all processors, maintaining image synchronization and eliminating video tearing. 

 System Size  Maximum Inputs & Outputs 
 1 processor
 2 processors
 3 processors
 4 processors
 5 processors 

System Configuration and Control

Quantum Ultra setup and preset configuration is performed using Extron Videowall Configuration Software - VCS, running on a PC connected to the Ethernet port. VCS simplifies configuration of even the largest and most complex systems. Settings and preset changes within the software are automatically synchronized and stored on the videowall processor, facilitating direct RS-232, USB, or Ethernet connection of remote control systems. A full-featured control protocol allows access to preset selection, window source selection, window size, position, and visibility, window border appearance, window labeling, and many more presentation options.

Intuitive Control

EMS-Quantum Ultra combines the freedom of wireless operation with an easy to use application specifically designed for intuitive control. It is compatible with Apple® iOS®, Google® Android™, and Microsoft® Surface platforms.

Familiar finger gestures facilitate preset selection, window size and position, source selection, and other common operational tasks. It can act as the sole point of control or work in conjunction with VCS and a control system such as an Extron IP Link® Pro control processor and  a TouchLink® Pro touchpanel. Up to 10 mobile devices can control the Quantum Ultra system. Separate User, Designer, and Administrator credentials define operational roles.