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Valens to demo new home net tech

Wed, 12/17/2008 - 7:20am
Brian Santo

Valens Semiconductor said it will be at CES to demonstrate its new approach to home networking, based on matched transmitter and receiver chips that enable the distribution of uncompressed high-definition (HD) video (along with audio and data) via a single LAN cable.

Valens said its approach has more bandwidth than other home networking technologies, including HDMI, MoCA and HomePlug, 802.11n (the newest version of Wi-Fi), WHDI and WirelessHD.

Valens’ HDBaseT products, originally announced last week, include the VS100SK receiver, designed to be integrated in HDTVs, projectors and other display equipment, and the VS100SR transmitter, designed for use inside Blu-ray DVD players, set-top boxes (STBs) and other HD source equipment.

Valens said its HDBaseT technology is optimized for video application and can connect all the entertainment devices at home by providing the 5PlayTM convergence of 8Gbps of uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals.

HDBaseT overcomes the limitations of HDMI and other current technologies as the first technology to enable long-reach wired connectivity of uncompressed HD multimedia content via up to 100m/328ft low-cost single standard Cat-5e/6 cable. This enables both point-to-point connectivity and full multimedia distribution with higher reliability, longer distance and lower-cost cable, while supporting all existing and future content protection schemes.

Valens said the chips will be commercially available during the second half of 2009.

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