New HDBaseT 2.0 Could Simplify Home Theater Hookup

HDBaseT 2.0 adds networking, switching and control point capabilities

HDBaseT 2.0 will “make it simpler and more cost-effective for consumers to turn their entire homes into multimedia entertainment centers.”

HDBaseT is coming soon to your home theater.

The HDBaseT Alliance is launching HomePlay through HDBaseT 2.0, making the latest version of HDBaseT available to manufacturers of both consumer electronics and pro A/V. The move comes about two years after the alliance introduced the first set of specifications.

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The new feature set, based on the HDBaseT 5Play capabilities, will “make it simpler and more cost-effective for consumers to turn their entire homes into multimedia entertainment centers,” according to the alliance’s announcement.

“We want to take the pro A/V benefits and adapt those to the consumer market,” says Micha Risling, marketing chairman of the HDBaseT Alliance. The new specifications incorporate the high video quality, reliability and multi-room support over a single cable that are part of HDBaseT 1.0 and combine them with affordability, elegance and plug-and-play capabilities that are must-haves in the consumer market, he says.

With HDBaseT 2.0 now introduced, Risling expects manufacturers to now begin working on chipsets and products that will incorporate its capabilities. There’s no timetable for when the first products will launch with HomePlay, he says.

HDBaseT 2.0 “defines the required adaptations across all seven layers of the Open System Interconnection (OSI) model to support time-sensitive, high throughput video/audio and other time-sensitive applications,” says Eyran Lyda, HDBaseT Technical Committee chairperson.

“The HomePlay switch is designed to provide all required services for the multimedia home, such as delivering time sensitive high throughput video, including 4K, audio and USB to all the rooms in the house,” says Lyda.

HDBaseT 2.0 adds networking, switching and control point capabilities to the physical and data link layers available in the original set of specifications. It also defines point-to-multipoint connectivity, providing multi-stream support. HDBaseT 1.0 defined a point-to-point connectivity standard.

HDBaseT 2.0 also “adds inherent support for USB 2.0, and other native interfaces which enable manufacturers to remove multiple interfaces and conversion components required for HDBaseT 1.0 products.” This means a smaller and a simpler-to- implement switch, which means vendors can produce HDBaseT switches with a consumer-friendly price tag.

“The key to making HDBaseT more cost-effective for consumers and professionals is making the HDBaseT-enabled components more affordable, and the new features HDBaseT 2.0 offers will help manufacturers do just that,” says Risling.

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