At InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, Valens (Israel), a developer of HDBaseT technology and founding member of the HDBaseT Alliance, announced the general availability of its newest family of chipsets, dubbed "Colligo", designed to support the standard’s newest specifications.
The HDBaseT Alliance released Spec 2.0 in August 2013, enabling point-to-multipoint connectivity, multistreaming, and switching. Spec 2.0 also adds inherent support for USB 2.0 and other native interfaces. As the first Spec 2.0-compliant chipsets, Valens says its Colligo family supports USB 2.0, enhanced audio capabilities (SPDIF, I2S), multistreaming, HDMI 2.0, and transmission of 4K video over longer distances.
“The demand for HDBaseT-enabled devices keeps growing, as installers and integrators realize the benefits and advantages the technology brings, such as simplicity, adaptability and cost-effectiveness," comments Micha Risling, VP of marketing and business development at Valens. "By embedding Valens’ Colligo chipsets, manufacturers will be able to add increased functionality to their products, to expand even more their addressable markets.”
Valens says the Colligo family caters to electronics manufacturers addressing several sectors, such as pro-AV, consumer electronics, digital signage, broadcasting, healthcare and industrial PCs. With the release of the Colligo chipsets, HDBaseT can be deployed over fiber optics as well as copper, multiplying installation flexibility and including support for hybrid LAN and fiber infrastructure. The new chipsets also enable the technology's new 5Play feature set, including Ultra HD video and audio capability, Ethernet, control, power, and USB support -- all delivered over either a LAN or fiber cabling.
HDBaseT chipsets now available from Valens include the VS2000 for enhanced HDBaseT delivery of 5Play; VS2310 for native USB 2.0 support and true multi-streaming and daisy-chaining; and VS2311 for supporting HDBaseT over fiber for increased distances. Valens is currently shipping engineering samples. Volume production is expected in October.