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HDBaseT Alliance ready to certify hardware for its do-everything cable, first product revealed

HDBaseT Alliance ready to certify hardware for its do-everything cable, first product revealed
Richard Lawler
Richard Lawler|@Rjcc|June 15, 2011 5:16 PM
If you've been waiting to get rid of your current cable clutter and rely on one connection to bring video, audio, power, data and control to your devices then your some time is now. the HDBaseT Alliance announced today it is releasing version 1.0 of the Certification Program along with its first test facility to put the approved stamp on compatible equipment. LG, Samsung and Sony pledged alliance with the spec last year, but the first out of the gate with a product using its (of course) Gefen, ready to extend HDMI cables over long distances with the boxes shown above. While that may be an initial killer app for the tech, we'll have to wait and see if it gets picked up elsewhere, and to find out how much cheaper running Cat5e/6 cables throughout our homes are than other options.

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HDBaseT certification program provides formal framework for the growing HDBaseT ecosystem, setting the stage for additional certified products to enter the market

BEAVERTON, Ore.-June 15, 2011- The HDBaseT Alliance, the cross-industry alliance formed to promote and standardize HDBaseT™ technology for whole-home distribution of uncompressed high-definition (HD) multimedia content, today announced the release of the HDBaseT™ 1.0 Certification Program and availability of the first HDBaseT certified product. The 1.0 Certification Program release includes the availability of the HDBaseT Compliance Test Specification (CTS), designated logo guidelines as well as the opening of the first HDBaseT recognized test facility, located in Israel.

The 1.0 Certification Program provides HDBaseT Alliance members with a formal framework for the growing HDBaseT product ecosystem, ensuring interoperability among current and future HDBaseT products and that all HDBaseT compliant products have met an approved baseline for HDBaseT functionality. The creation of an HDBaseT certification program sets the stage for additional certified products supporting HDBaseT technology to enter the market.

"Since the HDBaseT Alliance's incorporation less than one year ago, membership has continued to thrive and many products supporting HDBaseT technology have already hit the market," said Ariel Sobelman, president of the HDBaseT Alliance. "The Alliance has released the 1.0 Certification Program to provide members with a set program for ensuring their products are compliant, interoperable and part of an established product ecosystem. This is an important milestone for the Alliance in promoting industry-wide adoption of HDBaseT technology for whole-home and commercial multimedia content distribution."

HDBaseT also announced the availability of the first HDBaseT certified product, by Gefen. This product has gone through thorough testing based on HDBaseT CTS, ensuring it works in accordance to all functionality specified in the HDBaseT 1.0 specification and is interoperable with other HDBaseT products.

"Gefen has developed several products supporting HDBaseT technology including both extenders and matrixes, and today we are proud to announce the certification of the Gefen Extender for HDMI 1.3 over CAT5 with Ethernet through our successful completion of the new HDBaseT Alliance certification program," said Hagai Gefen, president and CEO, Gefen. "As a member of the HDBaseT Alliance we are proud to play an integral role in bringing HDBaseT certified products to market and promoting the adoption of HDBaseT technology across the connectivity industry."

About the HDBaseT 1.0 Certification Program

The HDBaseT 1.0 Certification Program supports the HDBaseT Alliance membership base and product ecosystem by defining state of the art testing procedures to ensure proper functionality of HDBaseT technology. Not only does the program assure manufacturers of inter-vendor product compatibility in the early product deployment stage, but it also helps installers and end-users move to new HDBaseT products based on the evolving HDBaseT specification and imparts the confidence that both legacy and new HDBaseT products will interoperate with each other.

For more information about the HDBaseT Alliance certification program and Alliance membership, please visit the HDBaseT Alliance website at www.HDBaseT.org.

About the HDBaseT Alliance
The HDBaseT Alliance is comprised of leading cross-industry companies formed to promote and standardize HDBaseT™ technology for whole-home distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. The cornerstone of HDBaseT technology is 5Play™, a feature set that converges uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals through a single LAN cable.

Members supporting HDBaseT technology will play a pivotal role in defining the future of multimedia transmission and data communication in the CE and content provider industries. For additional information on HDBaseT Alliance and membership benefits, visit www.HDBaseT.org.
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