Primeview has introduced the PRV42WRCHDBT, the first display embedded with HDBaseT technology. The PRV42′s on-board HDBaseT allows it to receiver uncompressed 1080p HD video, audio, and control over a single Ethernet cable.
With a functional single-cable range of 100m/328ft, the Primeview display is positioned well for quality transmission over long distances. The 42″ LCD screen features an LED backlight and is rated for 24/7 commercial use, making this an ideal digital signage monitor.
The screen is compatible with any device using the standard HDBaseT TX chip. The HDBaseT standard, developed by Valens, is optimized for video applications and can connect all devices in a system using the “5Play” feature set: uncompressed full HD video, audio, Ethernet, power, and controls.
Primeview plans to develop a full line of HDBaseT enabled screens and will eventually have products powered by Power Over Ethernet, or PoE. The HDBaseT standard allows for up to 100W of power on the line. USB can also be transmitted back, enabling the use of the standard on touch-enabled displays.
Aside from the HDBaseT input, the PRV42 also includes a solid compliment of I/O, including VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, analog component, composite/S-video, and RS-232 in and out. Temperature control is handled by an on-board monitoring system, and there is also an optional ambient light sensor. (Note that there is no built-in tuner, but this display isn’t really targeted at a market that requires it.)
Primeview is a member of the HDBaseT Alliance, the group charged with further development of the standard. Other members include LG, Samsung, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Valens Semiconductor, so the hope is that this standard will eventually trickle down to the CE market and make the rat’s nest of wires behind your TV even more manageable.
In the mean time, the PRV42 (and HDBaseT in general) should find homes in digital signage and distribution categories. It’s a pretty neat idea, and one that should be fun to follow as it matures.