TE Unveils HDMI Extender With Updated HDBase-T

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Indianapolis - Transformative Engineering (booth 3404) will introduce at this week's CEDIA Expo (Sept. 8-10) next-gen HDMI extenders and switchers implementing new HDBase-T technology providing custom installers with improved audio/video/data distribution capabilities.

The new HDBase-T implementation is said to include the first use of simultaneous Audio Return Channel (ARC) and Home Ethernet Connection (HEC), allowing audio signals to be sent back from a TV to an AV receiver while maintaining a home internet connection over the same HDMI  cable.

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new products also support Power Over HDBase-T (POH) capabilities that eliminate the need for separate power supplies at the receiver module and provide the ability to remotely power ancillary equipment.

HDBase-T is consumer electronic connectivity technology for long-distance transmission of uncompressed high-definition video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, high-power over cable and various controls, via a 100m Cat5e/Cat6 cable with 8P8C RJ45 connectors.

The new updates to the technology are employed in the company's new HD-1 Improved HDMI extender and will be selectively applied to the new QX-4 Matrix Switcher, which offers 4-by-4 (expandable to 8-by-8) matrix switching. 

"These new products are in keeping with the company's philosophy of providing custom installers with a  targeted number of multi-purpose products rather than dozens of limited capability devices," Transformative Engineering said in a statement announcing the products Tuesday. "Wherever possible, T-E provides installers with a clear and economical upgrade path that can grow to meet the evolving needs of end users." 

The HD-1 Improved Extender is among the first HDBase-T products that fully utilize all of the current 5-Play protocols, including: full uncompressed HD (1080p) video, audio (including all current Digital Surround formats), 100BaseT over Ethernet, Power over Cable, and various control signals over a single 100 Meter LAN cable.

This results in a fully-compliant HDMI 1.4a product (Certification Pending).  Improved features from the previous generation include Power Over HDBase-T, used to power ancillary equipment; simultaneous HEC & ARC transmission; and Power-On-Demand, greatly reducing power usage and heat generation.

 Transformative Engineering has also introduced the QX-4 HDBase-T Matrix Switcher with HDMI 1.4a-compliant circuitry.  The product performs as a 4-by-4 Matrix switcher with both local (HDMI) and long-run, 100 Meter (HDBase-T) outputs.

TE said it designed the unit to be configurable and upgradable to an 8-by-8 Matrix Switcher. 

The Matrix Switchers include Power-Over-HDBase-T (meaning the receiver end is powered by the Transmitter), IR Two-Way Communication, Ethernet over Base-T, and Power-On-Demand Circuitry.

In addition, a provision for overall IR remote control (with Discrete commands), and RS232 interface are included.

The HD-1 Improved will be available in the end of September and will be sold concurrently with the standard HD-1.


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