AV Technology Advancements: Try to Keep Up!

Berk-Tek is preparing to launch our new LANmark-HD cable – a revolutionary new shielded Cat 6 cable specially designed for high-definition AV transmission. In honor of this exciting announcement, our next few blog posts will talk about the rapidly advancing technologies surrounding AV over IP. This is the first in our three-part series.

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The recent advances in AV technology have been nothing short of amazing.  Up until about the year 2000, standard definition was the norm for every television, computer monitor and laptop in America. Fast forward to today, and high definition (HD) video has taken over the market. (I’m dating myself here, but I remember when it was HUGE deal to have an HD cable box in your house!)

On the heels of HD is 4K (UHD), which offers resolutions that are more than double those used by regular old HD. But don’t get used to that either, because on the near horizon is 8K. Japan is already planning to broadcast the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games using 8K technology!

My point? The technology is advancing…FAST!

It’s hard to keep up. As is typical Berk-Tek practice, we’ve made it our mission to stay at the forefront of the technology. One of the ways we did that was to join two of the leading AV technology associations – HDBaseT Alliance and SDVoE Alliance. If you want to learn new stuff, you hang out with the folks who know the stuff, right?

Here’s a brief overview of each of these organizations, along with a link to learn more about the technologies:

HDBaseT Alliance

The HDBaseT Alliance is a not-for-profit organization tasked with promoting and advancing HDBaseT technology as the global standard for ultra-high-definition transmission.  HDBaseT is a global standard for the transmission of uncompressed ultra-high-definition video & audio, Ethernet, controls, USB and up to 100W of power over a single cable. The Alliance was established in 2010 and has since brought together the leading names in the consumer electronics, professional AV, industrial and automotive sectors. www.hdbaset.org

SDVoE Alliance

SDVoE stands for “Software Defined Video over Ethernet.” It’s an emerging technology that differs from HDBaseT in that it enables AV distribution over standard Ethernet networks. The SDVoE Alliance is a nonprofit consortium of technology providers collaborating to standardize the adoption of Ethernet to transport AV signals in professional AV environments, and to create an ecosystem around SDVoE technology allowing software to define AV applications. www.sdvoe.org

You can also learn more about emerging AV technologies by attending our free webinar on December 12. Register now.

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