HDBaseT tech carries HD video, audio and internet over Ethernet


Valens’ HDBaseTTM extends current digital connectivity technologies with first ever full HD multimedia content and Ethernet via a single 100m/328ft LAN cable

Valens Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company, announced today that it will demonstrate the first ever convergence and high quality transmission of uncompressed high-definition (HD) video, audio and Internet via a single LAN cable, creating a seamless end-to-end entertainment and networking experience in the home environment.

At the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taking place January 8 – 11 in Las Vegas, Valens will introduce its HDBaseT™ technology in South Hall 2, Booth 27006. Valens is working towards creating HDBaseT as the new digital connectivity standard for HD multimedia distribution by overcoming the limitations of current wired and wireless technologies, while ensuring content rights for Hollywood studios and other content providers.

Valens’ VS100SK (receiver) and VS100SR (transmitter) ICs, the first to implement HDBaseT, will be commercially available during the second half of 2009. A source side implementation, VS100SR is designed for use inside Blu-ray DVD players, set-top boxes (STBs) and other HD source equipment. A sink side implementation, VS100SK is designed for use inside HDTVs, projectors and other display equipment.

With the growth of the HD market, consumers are looking for a way to connect TVs and other display equipment with entertainment devices, such as a Blu-ray DVD player, for in-home converged distribution of HD multimedia content. This demand to access and easily distribute HD content to any device at any time has caused consumer electronics manufacturers and content providers to push the limits of existing wired connectivity technologies, such as HDMI, MOCA and HomePlug, and emerging wireless technologies, including 802.11n, WHDI and WirelessHD.

While some existing technologies are limited in terms of bandwidth and cannot support uncompressed video, others are limited in terms of distance, reliability, flexibility, overall system cost and cost of installation – all pressure points for the end user. The demand for in-home converged distribution of HD multimedia content and the lack of adequate existing technologies are driving the industry towards a HD digital connectivity standard that increases distance of data transfer, expands distribution, extends the range, simplifies installations and lowers overall system cost.

Valens’ HDBaseT technology is optimized for video application and can connect all the entertainment devices at home by providing the 5PlayTM convergence of 8Gbps of uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals. HDBaseT overcomes the limitations of HDMI and other current technologies as the first technology to enable long-reach wired connectivity of uncompressed HD multimedia content via up to 100m/328ft low-cost single standard Cat-5e/6 cable. This enables both point-to-point connectivity and full multimedia distribution with higher reliability, longer distance and lower cost cable, while supporting all existing and future content protection schemes.

“The market for HD content continues to grow and evolve as the end user increases content consumption. But today, connectivity and distribution of video, audio and Internet in the home entertainment environment are inconsistent,” said Dror Jerushalmi, CEO, Valens Semiconductor. “HDBaseT is revolutionizing the multimedia distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content via a single LAN cable. There is no technology on the market today that is better positioned to be the future HD digital connectivity standard than HDBaseT.”

In addition, Valens’ HDBaseT technology offers a combination of media distribution and content protection that provides studios and CE manufacturers with a high level of content security and high quality transmission of uncompressed HD video, audio and data in a home environment.


Telco Systems Presents Two Military Targeted Rugged Ethernet Switches

The military are known to be among the greatest powers in a state. That’s why they must have all the best devices regarding accuracy and efficiency, within all applications. Internet is always a must and probably a tactical need. If you ever thought that the military take out in the wild, or wherever they might set camp along their operations, covert or not, those ordinary plastic-built Ethernet switches and such, then you are so wrong.

Just recently, Telco Systems announced the availability of two new Ethernet routing switches specially developed for military use, in the harshest environments, namely the T5R-24T and T5R-24GT. Both switches are MIL-STD-810F compliant and deliver wire speed, non-blocking Layer 2-4 switching at Gigabit Ethernet speeds.

Providing a maximum of 24 Ethernet connections, as well as four Gigabit fiber uplinks in a 1.4-inch enclosure, the T5R is designed for high-density IP services in space-constrained airborne and ground communication environments that do not leave room for issues. The switch can take IP connectivity for airborne and radar systems, signals intelligence, UAV data lines and mobile communications.

Also, based on Telco Systems carrier grade BiNOS networking software suite, this line of rugged switches provide a complete line of switching and routing protocols. A distinctive Fast Ring technology ensures the highest level of network reliability with recovery time of less than 50 ms. T5R-24GT-RUG offers 18 auto-sensing 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet connections and four Gigabit fiber uplinks, while the T5R-24T-RUG supports 24 auto-sensing 10/100BaseT Ethernet connections, two Gigabit copper uplink and two Gigabit fiber uplinks.

Expansion slots are available for both models, allowing support for 54 ports on the T5R-24GT and 66 ports on the T5R-24T.


Cable Ethernet Networking from D-Link

Those of you that have a networked HD streaming-capable device (such as a TV, media center, PlayStation 3, etc.) know that it has a lot of problems when it comes to HD streaming or online gaming (as in the case with the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or the Wii). Well, not anymore thanks to the D-Link HD MediaBridge Coax Network Starter Kit, or DXN-221.

It is a pretty simple device that enables network access using a home’s coaxial cable wiring. Featuring one Coax F-type connector and one Ethernet RJ-45 connector, the gadget simply connects to a router using an Ethernet cable and than to the coaxial outlet in the room in order to access the coaxial wiring the house. And if you have multiple Ethernet devices, connect a switch to the HD MediaBridge Coax Adapter and you’re done.

The MediaBridge Coax kit is said to offer faster and more reliable HD quality entertainment. In case you worried about security leaks (the coax cable can be easily tapped into), worry not because the device features data encryption with password protection, keeping your data private and safe from prying eyes.

But let’s see what AJ Wang, chief technical officer for D-Link, had to say, “With simplified user setup, coaxial networking support, the ability to coexist with other coaxial devices and fast networking speeds, our HD MediaBridge Coax Network Starter Kit delivers a simplified networking solution that makes it easy for consumers to enjoy the benefits of a digital home designed for high-definition media streaming, online gaming and other emerging applications.”

He added that “the technology is a natural complement to our popular networking solutions for moving data quickly into areas of a home where it may be difficult to run a cable or achieve a strong Wi-Fi signal.” Priced at around 240 USD, this device is worth more than a look, don’t you think?


EST. 1 Billion HDMI products in 2009

Some love it others loath it but despite what you think more than 340 Million people are now using HDMI connectivity as their preferred connection technology. More than 394 million HDMI-enabled devices will ship in 2009 claims the HDMI Licensing organisation creating an installed base of 1 billion devices, says In-Stat. But the successful HDMI standard is about to be upgraded to Version 1.4.

The HDMI spec is chasing added functionality by consumer electronics and PC makers. Says Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing LLC, “The 1.4 specification will support some of the most exciting and powerful near-term innovations such as Ethernet connectivity and 3D formats. Additionally we are going to broaden our solution by providing a smaller connector for portable devices and a connection system specified for automobiles, as we see both more and different devices adopting the HDMI technology.”

You can expect to see new HDMI 1.4 cables when new HDMI 1.4 devices become available. Here are some of the most notable new features:

•    Standard HDMI Cable – supports data rates up to 1080i/60
•    High Speed HDMI Cable – supports data rates beyond 1080p, including Deep Color and all 3D formats of the new 1.4 spec
•    Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet
•    High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet
•    Automotive HDMI Cable – to connect external HDMI-enabled devices to an in-vehicle HDMI device
The HDMI 1.4 spec will add a data channel to the HDMI cable to enable high-speed bi-directional communication. Connected devices with this feature can send and receive data via 100 Mb/sec Ethernet (making them instantly ready for any IP-based application).

The HDMI Ethernet Channel will allow an internet-enabled HDMI device to share its Internet connection with other HDMI devices without the need for a separate Ethernet cable. The new feature allows HDMI-enabled devices to share content between devices, too.

The new version will add an Audio Return Channel to reduce the number of cables required to deliver audio upstream for processing and playback. In cases where HDTVs are directly receiving AV content, the Audio Return Channel allows the HDTV to send the audio stream to the AV receiver over the HDMI cable (eliminates need for an extra cable).

The new 1.4 version defines common 3D formats and resolutions for HDMI-enabled devices. For 3D Over HDMI , the spec will standardize the input/output portion of the home 3D system and will specify up to dual-stream 1080p resolution.

HDMI devices will be able to support HD resolutions at 4X the resolution of 1080p. Support for 4K x 2K lets the HDMI interface transmit content at the same resolution as many digital theaters. Formats supported include:
•    3840×2160 24Hz/25Hz/30Hz
•    4096×2160 24Hz

Other enhanced functionalities in the spec include:
•    expanded support for color spaces specifically for digital still cameras, including YCC601, Adobe RGB and AdobeYCC601
•    a Micro HDMI 19-pin connector supporting up to 1080p resolutions for portable devices and about 50% smaller than the extant HDMI Micro Connector
•    an Automotive Connection System cabling spec for in-vehicle HD content distribution, (specified resistance levels to heat, vibration and noise)


Digi AnywhereUSB Combines USB and Ethernet

USB and Ethernet are probably the best known and most popular wired connectivity options nowadays, so it was to be expected that, at some point, some company would come up with a solution to combine these concepts. In fact, this is exactly what has happened, Digi announcing the AnywhereUSB TS and AnywhereUSB/2 devices, both being a part of its AnywhereUSB family of products.
Digi’s AnywhereUSB products eliminate the need for locally-attached host PCs and break the traditional five-meter USB cabling distance limitation. Customers can access and monitor their devices anywhere an Internet connection is available to simplify operations and reduce IT support.
The first product announced today, the AnywhereUSB TS, is touted by the company as being the industry’s first combined USB and serial over IP hub. It combines Digi’s Realport USB-over-IP and Realport Serial-over-IP technology in one product, allowing customers to easily network both USB and serial devices with one solution. The device features four USB ports, four serial ports and one Ethernet port.

The second product unveiled today, the AnywhereUSB/2, is a compact USB hub featuring Realport USB-over-IP technology. This allows the product to easily connect USB devices anywhere on a wired or wireless network, especially since it features two USB ports and one Ethernet port.
“We are growing the product line to address specific customer needs,” said Stephen Popovich, vice president of business development, Digi International. “In addition to allowing customers to connect both serial and USB devices with one hub, the AnywhereUSB TS provides customers greater flexibility to migrate from serial to USB devices. This is common in healthcare with equipment  like blood analyzers or glucose meters and in retail environments.”

Sadly, we haven’t been able to spot any pricing-related details in the company’s statement, so if you’re interested in finding out more on this issue, it’s very likely that you’ll have to contact the manufacturer directly.