The HDMI standard has finally become mainstream and widely adopted by the different makers of consumer electronic devices, and we are even starting to see devices that use the latest HDMI 1.4(a) specifications with support for Stereo 3D. But it seems that some of the biggest CE manufacturers are not very satisfied with the HDMI and thus started their own alliance in order to promote a new standard called HDBaseT that relies on using CAT5e/6 LAN cables. Furthermore the HDBaseT Alliance anticipates products with embedded HDBaseT technology to be available in the second half of this year, with the majority of adoption taking place in 2011. The HDBaseT 1.0 specification is now officially finalized and will also be available for licensing within the second half of 2010.
The founding companies of the HDbaseT Alliance are LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Valens Semiconductor. And the alliance was formed with the goal to promote and commercialize the HDBaseT technology, enabling a single LAN cable to replace multiple cables and connectors in the home entertainment environment, HDBaseT is optimized for video application and can connect all the entertainment devices at home by providing the 5Play convergence of uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals.
The cornerstone of HDBaseT technology is the so called 5Play feature-set that converges full uncompressed HD video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, high power over cable and various control signals through a single 100m/328ft CAT5e/6 LAN cable. HDBaseT has the bandwidth to support the highest video resolutions such as full HD 1080p as well as stereo 3D and 2Kx4K formats. HDBaseT is the first to provide all-in-one connectivity, making it possible for a single-connector TV to receive power, video/audio, Internet and control signals from the same cable and that cable to be a very widely adopted and used as well as very affordable LAN cable for up to 100m connectivity between devices. Let's see how well will the HDbaseT will progress, facing the competing standards that are gaining more and more solid positions on the market and looking back at the time it took for HDMI to become widely adopted, as well as the Display Port standard that is finally starting to get more attention it might turn out that the HDbaseT will need at least a few years‚?¶
- For more information about the HDbaseT Alliance and the HDbaseT standard‚?¶
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