HDBaseT: The HDMI Killer?


Article first published as HDBaseT: The HDMI Killer? on Technorati.

Seven years after it’s inception there is finally another standard on the horizon that looks to overthrow HDMI’s reign on high-definition media. Founded by industry heavy-weights Samsung, LG, Valens Semiconductor and Sony Pictures the new standard, known as HDBaseT uses standard Cat5e/Cat6 cabling and standard RJ-45 connectors to transmit high-definition audio and video. The first specification for the HDBaseT standard has already been completed. You may recognise the Cat5/6 cables as the little blue (sometimes yellow) cables that you plug into your laptop or PC to connect to your modem.

The two most obvious benefits of using this medium is that these Cat5/6 cables are extremely cheap, easy to make and you can run them up to 100 metres in length. The standard will also support multi-hops which means if you connect your  Cat5/6 cable to a hub every 100 metres you can run another 100 metre length (up to a maximum of 800 metres!). Continue reading “HDBaseT: The HDMI Killer?”