Electrosonic SA hosted the Kramer Roadshow and training day on 27 August 2014 in Randburg. Eli Ofek of Valens gave an overview on HDBaseT Technology and Nick Mawer of Kramer Electronics in the UK shared ideas on how to send signals over long distance and HDBaseT with pro AV industry professionals. HDBaseT is promoted and advanced by the HDBaseT Alliance, which was formed by Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment, LG Electronics and Valens Semiconductor in 2010.

HDBaseT, originally developed by Valens, is a consumer electronic and commercial connectivity technology for transmission of uncompressed high-definition video, audio, power, home networking, Ethernet, USB, and some control signals, over a common category cable with a standard connector.

HDBaseT provides HD Video with full HD / 3D and 2K / 4K uncompressed video, supports all HDMI 1.4 formats, has multi-streaming capability, is CEC-, EDID-, HDCP-supported, and feeds high video quality with zero latency. Digital audio is passed through directly from the HDMI chipset and all standard formats are supported. The Ethernet supports standard 100BaseT, fallback to standard Ethernet mode. The control channel supports consumer electronic controls, recommended standard (RS)-232, USB and infrared (IR) supported, and the controls are on the (up to)100m LAN Cable. The power supply for HDBaseT can offer transmission of up to 100W of DC power, can power HDBaseT display devices and is in-line with Energy-Star standard and no power outlet is needed.

Ofek highlighted some HDBaseT guidelines to product interoperability; users should look for the HDBaseT logo to ensure the cable is in fact HDBaseT-certified; they should check the HDBaseT Alliance’s list of certified products; find a suitable match with the feature set needed and make sure these features have been certified; and check the vendor’s collaterals for any disclaimers regarding the desired functionality.

“HDBaseT is the new standard of digital connectivity, providing the best possible user experience for a variety of time sensitive applications over low-cost infrastructure,’ explains Ofek.