LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Valens Semiconductor have announced the formal incorporation of the HDBaseT Alliance and the finalisation of the HDBaseT 1.0 specification, made available to Alliance member companies for CE implementation.
HDBaseT enables the delivery of five key components over a single, LAN Cat5e/6 cable. The features, known as 5Play, include full, uncompressed HD video, audio, internet, controls and power, capable of powering a 32” TV screen with no additional power source. (See Broadband TV News passim).
The finalisation of the HDBaseT specification paves the way for HDBaseT embedded products to hit the market. The HDBaseT 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 also be available for licensing within the second half of 2010.
Development and preparation for an HDBaseT Alliance Compliance Program is currently underway. The Alliance plans to formulate a logo usage and licensing program to ensure consistency and consumers’ ability to recognise interoperable HDBaseT devices in the market.