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InfoComm 2014: New in HDBaseT Products, Part 1

Jun 5, 2014 10:01 AM, With Bennett Liles

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Since the last InfoComm we’ve seen the next version of HDBaseT burst onto the stage with its point to multipoint and USB stretching capabilities. Dana Zelitzki of the growing HDBaseT Alliance is here to let us know what to expect from the new HDBaseT and when we’ll be seeing the hardware built around it. That’s all coming up right now on the SVC Podcast.

Dana, it sure is nice to have you back again on the SVC Podcast. It has been awhile and it’s always fun to set up with an interesting seven hour time difference but all we had to do was kick Skype a couple of times to get us kind of connected across hemispheres. There has been a lot going on with Valens and the HDBaseT Alliance and you have some new members so what’s the grand total so far?

Yes, we have many new members joining the Alliance lately. We currently have 96 member companies in the Alliance, so we’re very close to the 100-member milestone.

And I believe Christie just came onboard with integrated HDBaseT chips in some of their projectors.

Absolutely, yeah. We have lots of new members, including Christie and Philips and other big names. So everyone is planning to join HDBaseT right now.

And with InfoComm, and without spoiling any big surprises for that, what can we be expecting to see from HDBaseT at the show?

So InfoComm, of course, is a very important show for us and many new HDBaseT-enabled products will be launched there. Without spoiling any surprises, I believe our audience can expect to see new HDBaseT displays at InfoComm. This is a real trend in the market right now as more and more display manufacturers integrate HDBaseT technology into their products so stay tuned. In addition, HDBaseT 2.0 chips will be released at that time, so we’ll have HDBaseT 2.0 working demos at InfoComm as well. [Timestamp: 2:24]

And I think probably the most significant event in HDBaseT development over the past year has been the official release of version 2.0 with all its additional capabilities. What are some of those new capabilities in version 2.0?

HDBaseT 2.0 has various new capabilities such as networking, movie screening, and the inherent USB 2.0 support. In addition, it features enhanced performance to support 4K video over longer distances and also support for HDMI 2.0. [Timestamp: 2:56]

And that’s a big development in itself, just going from point-to-point to going point-to-multipoint and all the different possibilities that multipoint brings into play. What about its compatibility with existing HDBaseT where an investment has already been made?

Of course. The new spec is fully backwards compatible with HDBaseT 1.0 devices, so users shouldn’t worry about that at all. [Timestamp: 3:19]

And while we’re on compatibility, in reading some of the specs on this, I see a lot about Ethernet Fallback Mode.

Ethernet Fallback Mode is a feature that enables the HDBaseT protocol to identify when a connected device does not support HDBaseT and rather supports regular Ethernet, and in that case to function as a regular Ethernet host. Since HDBaseT uses RJ-45 connectors and ports that are commonly being used for standard Ethernet connectivity, so it may happen that a user plugs in an Ethernet device to an HDBaseT port. In that case, it will automatically switch to Ethernet mode and will establish an Ethernet link. [Timestamp: 3:59]

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