DVDO Unveils Slate of Processing, Connectivity Products

Company is branching beyond supplying just video scalers into mobile connectivity and energy-efficient processing.

DVDO's EDGE Green and iScan Duo processors were unveiled at CEDIA Expo.
Jason Knott · September 21, 2011

DVDO is back,” says president Joseph Lias with enthusiasm. The company technically never went away, so why is he so excited?

At CEDIA Expo 2011, the company unveiled three new products that move the company out of its traditional niche of video scalers.

“Traditionally, we have only been a video processing company. Now, we are solving video management, connectivity and installation issues with a slate of new products,” says Lias. “Dealers need to make more money, so they are looking for more value-added services. In the next few years, there will be a steady rollout of products from DVDO.” He pointed specifically to the ability of DVDO staff to see some of the testing problems its sister company, Simplay Labs, encounters with other products as helpful in guiding some of its features. (Both companies are part of Silicon Image.)

The new products include:

  • iSCAN Duo—An external video processor for the custom install market that delivers image processing and calibration controls. With its Color Management System (CMS), installers can obtain accurate images for sources and displays. The iScan Duo also has two independent HDMI video outputs, a dedicated HDMI audio output, and eight HDMI inputs that allow the unit to convert standard-definition, HD and PC signals from a DVD player/recorder, Blu-ray Disc player, DVR, game console, or home theater PC (HTPC) to any output resolution up to 1080p. The device also offers A/V switching that automatically syncs between audio and video signals and enables direct connections to a DTV, projector and A/V receiver.
  • DVDO EDGE Green – a lower power plug-and-play high-definition video processor and connectivity hub solution that is a replacement for the DVDO EDGE. The unit uses 20 percent less power than its predecessor and has an “Auto-Standby” feature that puts the unit into a very low power standby state if there are no active input video signals for two minutes. The system automatically awakens upon detection of an active video signal. The iScan Duo is an HD video processor with dual HDMI video output capability enabling a direct connection to two separate HD displays, as well as professional quality calibration unique to each content source and HDTV combination. The unit also includes the SpectraCal calibration software embedded in the platform. The unit simplifies installations, requiring only a single cable from the hub to the display. The unit has five HDMI A/V inputs, four analog video inputs, five separate audio inputs, and two HDMI outputs.
  • DVDO Mobile High-Definition Travel Kit—An portable MHL-to-HDMI adapter and multi-charger, lending credence to the trend of mobile source content connectivity at the expo. Leveraging advancements in wired HD connectivity, DVDO Mobile supports the MHL standard, which allows smart phone and tablet charging to take place while simultaneously viewing content from the devices to a HD projector, monitor or HDTV.  DVDO Mobile allows consumers to use their MHL-enabled smart phones and tablets with an HDTV with an HDMI connection. DVDO Mobile has an integrated 20-inch USB-A connector, an 8-inch micro-USB connector with a 46-inch total span that recoils with wrap-and-hide cable management and a 36-inch HDMI connector to link the unit to an HDTV or an HD projector or monitor. Multiple charging options are also available with an integrated USB-to-PC connector and a USB-to-AC charger. In addition, DVDO Mobile’s support of USB allows high-speed data transfer between devices such as smartphones and tablets and PCs for content management and device software updating.

Not unveiled at CEDIA but coming soon, according to Lias, will be wireless products.

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  About the Author

Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at

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