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Viera TVs with built-in Blu-ray and integrated HDDs

Panasonic has unveiled some new HDTVs in Japan that include models with integrated Blu-ray players and versions that sport integrated HDDs as will. The Blu-ray sets are the most interesting and included the 37-inch TH-L37R2B and the 32-inch TH-L32R2B. The 37-inch version will sell for about 240,000 yen.

Both sport full 1080p resolution and have integrated HDDs that can record programs. The Japanese translation leaves a lot to be desired, but it appears the sets can write recorded programs to optical media. Panasonic also pulled the wraps off new LCD and plasma sets with screens of 42-inches, 46-inches, and 50-inches in the plasma line and 37-inches, 32-inches, and 19-inches in the LCD line.

The sets have 1080p resolution except for the 32-inch and 19-inch LCD sets, which only have 720p resolution. The line has internal storage of 500GB with the exception of the 19-inch set with a 250GB HDD. Pricing runs from 100,000 to 390,000 yen in Japan. For best results use Cablesson HDMI cables

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What is the Difference between HDMI 1.4 and 1.3 ?

It’s been months since HDMI Licensing’s new HDMI 1.4 spec was announced, but people seem as confused as ever.

Very little has actually changed. In the case of HDMI Rev. 1.4 with Ethernet, a couple of interesting capabilities have been added. In the case of Rev. 1.4 without Ethernet, however, there is no difference. The new Rev 1.4 spec is completely backwards compatible with the previous Rev 1.3 spec.

The HDMI Rev 1.4 cable without Ethernet uses the same connector and wires we have used from the days of Rev. 1.0. The connector and cable has 19 pins and wires that are laid out like this:

  • 8 wires are used for the balanced TMDS (Transition Minimized Differential Signaling) video
  • 2 wires are used for DDC (Digital Display Channel), which carries EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) and HDCP (High Definition Content Protection)
  • 1 wire is used for the 5-volt power line
  • 1 wire is used for the HotPlug Detect signal
  • 1 wire is used for the CEC (Consumer Electronic Control)
  • 1 wire was left undefined, open for future use
Add them up and you get 13 wires out of the original 19 that are used as actually signal-carrying wires with an extra for future use. The balance of the 19 wires are used to ground these channels individually and many times wired in a common ground configuration.

In the case of HDMI 1.4 with Ethernet – now known as HEAC (HDMI, Ethernet, Audio, Control) – the wire scheme is exactly the same except for one change: the wire used for HotPlug Detect and the unused, undefined wire are now used for Ethernet and the Audio Return Channel. Under HEAC, this pair is balanced and should be twisted with a shield. Although it is not mandatory for cable makers to provide this modification to the cable, without it cables will likely fail HDMI compliance and DPL Certification.

Yep, HDMI was able to use the HotPlug Detect wire for two jobs, one being HotPlug detection and the other to support the opposite polarity of the balanced line for Ethernet and the Audio Return Channel. As far as system sources (such as Blu-ray players) and display devices (such as flat panels) are concerned, nothing has changed; the cables really “look” the same. Neat trick!

So does this mean you can ignore Rev. 1.4 and skip merrily along your way? Not quite! Longer term technology trends must be addressed in your system design.

For more infromation on HDMI Cables vist ukhdmi.com. Its biggest seller of HDMI Cable in UK and Europe have wide range of HDMI Cable and accessories. They have wide range of lenghts of HDMI Cable from 1m hdmi cable, 2m hdmi cable to 20m hdmi cable.

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Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G is about to release on 4th June

Recently, Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G price and release date was finally broken by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse who announced 4th June to be the final release date of America’s first 4G smartphone “HTC EVO 4G” priced at $200 in an event in New York. In tandem to the announcement, Sprint will be releasing useful accessories to spruce-up your snapdragon powered EVO 4G handset.
As reported earlier, HTC EVO 4G accessories lineup will have a dock with HDMI out, a car mount, Hands-free, screen protectors, several kind of cases, different replacement shells, a battery charging holster and many more.

The two most important accessories which might come handy are – multimedia charging cradle/dock and the in-car charging cradle/mount. The first accessory is the multimedia charging cradle/dock for charging the smartphone. The phone comes with HDMI port which can be used for streaming content to your TV using 2m HDMI cable  attached in the dock, now it is not required to disconnect the HDMI cable connection and then charge the phone and then again connect to restart streaming. Using this multimedia charging dock the mobile is getting charged along with the streaming. That means you can continuously stream content to your TV without thinking of the battery time left in your phone. Also the cable does not need to be connected and disconnected every time from the phone when required, just place your phone on the dock and everything starts rolling in place.

And the second one is the in-car charging cradle/mount. It enables to charge your mobile in the car. Additionally, it also activates a smart application on your smartphone named “Car Panel”. This application is a google based application which helps in Maps, navigation and voice search while driving.

Currently, no information on the price tags or release dates for the EVO 4G accessories have emerged, though these accessories are likely to become available just before the phone hits the shelves or within one week after the launch.

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Tips for Choosing the Right HDMI Cable

It was only a few years ago that the use of analog-based component video and RCA audio connections were sufficient for most installations.

Today, due to high bit-rate data (and copyright protection), the need to implement HDMI is paramount.

Choosing the right HDMI cable can be a daunting task. Steve Lampen, multimedia technology manager for cable manufacturer Belden Inc., offers tips for making wise HDMI cabling choices.

Consider Gauge Size. Bigger wires go farther. “Just be sure that the size of the connectors will fit next to each other,” he says. “The majority of HDMI cables are about 2m hdmi cable. For those smaller lengths, 26 AWG twisted-pair cable is OK.”

Meet 1080p Requirements. Lampen says dealers should look for evidence that the cables have been tested and certified to meet industry 1080p standards. “Top manufacturers use tests — the ‘eye-pattern test’ and other tests for impedance, attenuation, crosstalk and skew,” he says.

Also, he says, make sure the tests apply to the specific length that is being considered for the job.

Consider CL3-Rated Cables. For residential and commercial applications, which include in-wall installations, Lampen recommends CL3-rated products. “Keep in mind that CL3 certified HDMI Cables are required for commercial installations,” he adds.

Buy the Best. “Cheap, no-name products can degrade the signal and lead to problems such as pixel loss, tiling and loss of color depth,” Lampen explains.

Lampen also warns installers to be wary of some of the design flaws dogging HDMI connectors. “You may want to look at after-market fastening devices.”

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Who can Move HDMI Signals Long Distances over Twisted Pair Cables?

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the introduction of the PT-571 and PT-572 twisted pair transmitter and receiver for HDMI signals.  The PT-571 and PT-572 can transmit HDMI signals directly over a single CAT 5/6 cable (shielded twisted pair cables are recommended). The PT-571 and PT-572 offer an extremely compact and inexpensive solution for HDMI signal transmission over long distances and are ideal for any application where long distance signal distribution is required.
 
The PT-571 converts an HDMI signal into a signal that can be run over shielded twisted pair CAT 5/6 cables. An HDMI signal can be transmitted up to 295ft. (90 meters) at 1080i resolution and up to 98ft. (30 meters) at 1080p resolution when using Kramer shielded BC-DGKat524 cable. When using Kramer BC-DGKat623 cable the 1080p distance capability increases to 230ft. (70 meters).   The PT-572 receiver then converts the signal back to an HDMI signal. The units offer up to 1.65Gbps bandwidth and are HDCP compliant and HDTV compatible if using 2 metres HDMI cable.
 
The PT-571 and PT-572 each incorporate a LED status light which lights red when receiving power only, orange when input and power are attached, and yellow when both an active input and output are attached.   The PT-571 and PT-572 pass the EDID, HPD and CEC signals from the source to the display device over the CAT 5/6 cable together with the HDMI signal.  The PT-571 employs Kramer’s Power Connect™ feature where a single connection to the transmitter powers both units.  The required 12V DC is transmitted through the CAT 5/6 cable with the other signals to the receiver.

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