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January 7, 2015 Innovations

HDBaseT technology will be officially welcomed into the mainstream following an announcement today that two of its specifications have been approved for adoption into the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board portfolio.


HDBaseT is a successful technology for long-distance ultra-high-definition distribution of digital media, with hundreds of HDBaseT-certified products in the market place. It enables all-in-one transmission of UHD video through a single 100m (328ft) cat6 cable, delivering uncompressed 4K video, audio, USB, Ethernet, control signals, and up to 100 watts of power. HDBaseT simplifies cabling, enhances ease-of-use, and accelerates deployment of UHD connectivity solutions. The cost-effective LAN infrastructure and power transmission support also help reduce and simplify installation and electrical costs.

The HDBaseT specifications 1.1.0 and 2.0 will join the IEEE P1911 family of standards once the adoption process is complete, with voting expected to take place this month and final approval in February. The step is a major milestone for the technology and the Alliance, according to HDBaseT Alliance president Ariel Sobelman. “The IEEE is one of the leading standards organisations in the world,” Sobelman says. “The adoption by IEEE will help enhance HDBaseT’s impact and influence in today’s connected world. We will be working together to further develop the HDBaseT technology for the benefit of HDBaseT’s and IEEE’s enormous constituency.”

The move will help advance the shift to UHD connectivity, says IEEE-SA managing director Konstantinos Karachalios. “IEEE is dedicated to delivering robust open standards that serve as a catalyst for continued technology and market innovation,” he says. “We are very pleased to be working with the HDBaseT Alliance and look forward to a long and productive relationship.”

The HDBaseT Alliance will continue to offer its members HDBaseT branding and certification for commercialisation of the technology.


The IEEE Standards Association is a globally recognised standards-setting body within IEEE. It develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current scientific and technological knowledge. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of more than 900 active standards, with more than 500 standards under development.

About IEEE

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is the world’s largest professional technical association and is dedicated to “advancing technology for the benefit of humanity”. Its members include engineers, scientists and allied professionals such as computer scientists, software developers, IT professionals, physicists and medical doctors. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, it is a trusted voice on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

About HDBaseT Alliance

The HDBaseT Alliance advances and promotes the adoption of HDBaseT technology as the global standard for UHD digital connectivity. Since its founding in 2010 by LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Valens, the Alliance has brought together leading names in consumer electronics and the professional AV market. The cornerstone of HDBaseT technology is 5Play, a feature set that converges uncompressed Ultra-HD digital video and audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable, various control signals, and USB through a single LAN cable.

HDBaseT Explained

HDBaseT originates from Valens Semiconductor, an Israeli startup formed in 2006 for the express purpose of developing technologies that push a lot of data down inexpensivecable using some clever asymmetrical digital signal processing. Once Valens had developed the transmitter and receiver chips that are its core product, in 2010 it set about finding partner companies that could take advantage of the technology in their own products, whilst helping to create a market for HDBaseT. Determined to start out with a big splash, the original partners in the HDBaseT Alliance were LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Since then Atlona, Crestron Electronics, Epson, Extron Electronics, Microsemi Corporation, Pulse-Eight, Quantum Data, Silver Telecom, SnapAV and Transformative Engineering have joined the Alliance as technology contributors. Another 50 or so companies, including such familiar faces as AMX, Belden, Gefen, Hitachi, Kramer Electronics, Projectiondesign and TV One, are now Adopter members of the Alliance, incorporating HDBaseT technology into their own offerings.”
Read our full article on open standards here.




For more information or to get involved with IEEE P1911 standard working groups click here.

IEEE-SA: standards.ieee.org

HDBaseT Alliance: www.hdbaset.org

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