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Gennum enables new category of consumer HD connectivity

Gennum’s new multimedia connectivity solution enables full-rate performance for HDMI/DVI multimedia interfaces at distances up to 100m.

The new solution reflects Gennum's increased focus on delivering high-performance mixed-signal and analog solutions that serve the consumer market. Targeting high-rate HDMI applications, the semiconductor-based solution is comprised of a transmitter and a receiver and enables consumer, business and industrial applications to stream HDMI content, via low-cost cable, at distances greater than average cables available today. The new solution supports current and legacy versions of HDMI, including 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3, enabling backward compatibility with existing equipment. Belden has adopted Gennum in its HD5000 series HDMI cables.

Additionally, Gefen, a global provider of A/V solutions, is leveraging Gennum's solution in its new VGA to HDMI Extender. This extender uses Gennum's solution to enable pre-installed VGA cabling to be repurposed when upgrading A/V systems to HDMI or DVI connectivity. It carries the HDMI signal over standard VGA cabling, offering a VGA input/HDMI output system perfect for upgrading systems with in-conduit cabling. It extends both audio and video signals up to 100ft while supporting next-generation HDMI 1.3 formats.

Both product offerings from Belden and Gefen enable full-rate (10.2Gb/s) consumer multimedia connectivity over extended distances at prices competitive with existing solutions. This capability brings to consumers a new level of connectivity options, dramatically impacting the overall user experience and cost of high-performance multimedia systems.

Supporting the full suite of HDMI 1.3 features and functions, including HDCP for secure content protection, the new solution also is fully compatible with single- and dual-link DVI interfaces.

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