SOURCE: Symmetry Electronics

February 25, 2013 08:08 ET

Symmetry to Distribute Valens Semiconductor HDBaseT™ Products

Valens Semiconductor Invented HDBaseT™ Technology. HDBaseT™ Enables video, Audio, Ethernet, Signal Control and up to 100W of Power Transmission Over a Single Cable Thus Creating a Cost Effective and Robust HD Ecosystem

HAWTHORNE, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 25, 2013) - Symmetry Electronics has announced a new distribution agreement with HDBaseT™ Alliance co-founder, Valens Semiconductor. Valens Semiconductor pioneered the development of HDBaseT™ technology and currently offers several chipset options which enable long-reach connectivity of devices over a single standard CAT5e/6 LAN cable. Valens' HDBaseT™ products compile the transmission of uncompressed HD video, high quality audio, power (PoH), Ethernet and control signals (CEC, RS-232, USB and IR) allowing a network of sources to be connected directly to multi-display locations. HDBaseT™ is fast becoming the new, global standard for advanced digital media distribution targeting applications which include point-to-point connectivity, whole home networking, digital signage and hospitality.

The Valens HDBaseT™ offering consists of two complementary chips, a transmitter chip and a receiver chip. The transmitter chip is implemented in the HD source device and the receiver chip is implemented in the HD sink device enabling 5Play™. Through its 5Play™ feature set, Valens provides an all-in-one solution for transferring multimedia content, creating a robust HD ecosystem at a very low cost without compromising on quality. Valens HDBaseT™ Rx/Tx chips deliver smooth, crisp, uncompressed ultra-high definition video in up to 4K effective resolutions and fully support all 3D video standards as well as high quality audio in any standard digital format. Valens has also made available an HDBaseT™ Evaluation kit used to demonstrate HDBaseT capabilities with a Sink board and Source board that form an HDBaseT™ link to enable simplified, long-reach, wired connectivity of uncompressed HD multimedia content, Ethernet, controls and power over a single standard CAT5e (or superior) cable.

"Symmetry has a solid reputation of delivering high-tech semiconductor products to various emerging markets in the US. This new Valens-Symmetry partnership will accelerate the growth of the ecosystem for HDBaseT-enabled products," said Eliran Toren, vice president of sales, Valens.

"Valens certainly stands out as a founding member of the HDBaseT alliance. Additionally for Symmetry, Valens products are a synergistic sell when combined with products such as HDMI processors from Silicon Image, video processors from VIXS, Fujitsu or AMD and Silvertel's industry leading PoE/PoH products," said Gil Zaharoni, chief executive officer of Symmetry Electronics. "Our focused line card and collaborative effort between suppliers will allow us to fully support the transition from existing technology to HDBaseT in any design."

Symmetry Electronics and have Valens Semiconductor products in stock. For engineers looking to implement HDBaseT into a new or existing design, an HDBaseT evaluation kit (EVSBVS1) is available and includes all of the necessary HDBaseT components.

About Valens

Valens provides semiconductor products for the distribution of uncompressed high-definition (HD) multimedia content. The company's HDBaseT technology enables long-reach connectivity of devices over a single 100m/328ft standard CAT5e/6 LAN cable and is fast becoming the new, global standard for advanced digital media distribution. Valens is a founding member of the HDBaseT Alliance, formed by leading CE companies to define a new industry standard for advanced digital media distribution. Founded in 2006, Valens is a private company with offices in Israel, Japan, Hong-Kong, USA and local representatives in Korea, Taiwan and China. Valens is the world leader in HDBaseT™ technology and is a leading provider of semiconductor products for the distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. Inventor of HDBaseT™, Valens delivers significant value to the entire entertainment ecosystem, from CE/PC equipment manufacturers and audio/video connectivity product suppliers, through systems integrators and retailers, to installers and consumers. With Valens' semiconductor products homes, offices, hotels, airports and other public places can install a robust HD ecosystem easily, effectively and at very low cost.

About the HDBaseT™ Alliance

In 2010 Valens Semiconductor cofounded the HDBaseT™ Alliance together with, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The HDBaseT Alliance is comprised of leading cross-industry companies formed to promote and standardize HDBaseT™ technology for whole-home and commercial distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. The cornerstone of HDBaseT technology is 5Play™, a feature set that converges uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals through a single LAN cable.

Members supporting HDBaseT technology play a pivotal role in defining the future of multimedia transmission and data communication in the consumer electronics and content provider industries. For additional information on HDBaseT Alliance and membership benefits, visit to advance the adoption of this technology as the new global HD standard for advanced digital media distribution. The HDBaseT™ Alliance promotes and standardizes the HDBaseT™ technology for whole-home distribution of uncompressed high definition (HD) multimedia content and engages key players across the consumer electronics and the content industries. The Alliance's standardization activities cover the entire value chain of the digital media ecosystem and the various market segments: TV sets, projectors, professional AV equipment, home theater, content providers, IT companies and more. 

About Symmetry Electronics

Founded in 1998, Symmetry Electronics Corp. is a supplier-authorized, global distributor specializing in the distribution of wireless, video, and embedded semiconductor products. Symmetry provides sales, logistics, design and manufacturing support from its world headquarters in Southern California, local field offices and a robust e-commerce and e-information website Symmetry Electronics is ISO9001:2008 certified and supports its customer base with factory trained FAEs, deep inventory, and product selection expertise.