HDBaseT Specification Enables One-Cable Home Networking/Power
Jul 1, 2010
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HDBaseT Alliance, a cross-industry alliance formed to promote and standardize the HDBaseT technology for whole-home distribution of uncompressed high definition (HD) multimedia content, announced its formal incorporation and the finalization of the HDBaseT 1.0 base specification.

The alliance was founded by LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Valens Semiconductor, all of which comprise the alliance’s board of directors.

The finalization of the base specification "will raise the bar as the most technologically advanced, unmatched solution for optimum digital media distribution,” said Ariel Sobelman, president and chairman of the alliance. “HDBaseT technology is poised to become the unrivaled next-generation home networking transport."

The cornerstone of the technology is 5Play, a feature-set that converges uncompressed HD video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, high power over cable, and various control signals through a single 100-m/328-ft CAT5e/6 LAN cable. The system has the bandwidth to support the highest video resolutions such as full HD 1080p as well as 3D and 2Kx4K formats. The technology is said to be 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.

The alliance anticipates products with embedded HDBaseT technology to be available in the second half of 2010, with the majority of adoption taking place in 2011. The specification will be available for licensing within the second half of 2010.

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