Gefen First to Adopt HDBaseT
Gefen has begun shipping the wall-mountable hardware Gefen ToolBox Extender for HDMI 3DTV, which uses HDBaseT technology from Valens Semiconductor to enhance the length and features of its high-definition extension capability.
Gefen GTB Extender 3DTV
Small sender and receiver units link any HD source to an HDTV display using one industry-standard Cat-5 cable, delivering 1080p full HD with 3DTV pass-through, multichannel audio, and IR remote control up to 330 feet.
Aside from streamlining cable runs and enhancing HDMI v1.3 support with 3DTV, the long-range extender offers an IR back channel so customers can conveniently control their sources through a remote pointed at the display.
"The most compelling feature of this new product is its 3DTV extension support for the early adopters, reaching distances up to 100 meters using one Cat-5 cable," said Hagai Gefen, president and CEO, in a statement
The Extender for HDMI 3DTV is fully HDCP-compliant, with Gefen features such as locking HDMI connection cables and locking power supplies to improve performance and eliminate disconnects.
"Gefen was the first in the world to use the HDBaseT technology from Valens Semiconductor to power this long distance extension solution for HDMI," said Micha Risling, vice president of sales and marketing for Valens Semiconductor. "This technology nearly doubles the distance high definition video can be extended over just one Cat-5 cable." (For more on HDBaseT, see Pete Putman's latest Parallax View column.)
The Gefen ToolBox Extender for HDMI 3DTV comes in two custom finishes, a glossy cream or flat black to better support decors of all types.