LCD display and projector solutions provider NEC Display Solutions of America and the HDBaseT Alliance today announced NEC's new lineup of HDBaseT options for commercial HD displays (via OPS option slots) and HDBaseT-enabled projectors that solves many of the typical cabling challenges professional installers face while on the job.

The HDBaseT technology, powered by the Valens chipset, enables all-in-one connectivity between HD video sources and remote displays through a single 100 meter CAT5e/6 cable that delivers uncompressed high-definition video, audio, Ethernet, control signals and up to 100 watts of power, according to the announcement.

The combination of the HDBaseT technology and the NEC display is designed to be ideal for digital signage projects such as airports and retail centers, the company said. Because HDBaseT is already integrated in dozens of devices manufactured by leading AV professionals, connecting to the NEC display is simple. Cable length is no longer an issue because the distance between the source and sink devices (e.g., between the PC and the display) can be up to 100 meters.

"As the awareness and adoption of HDBaseT has risen among A/V professionals, we have seen a parallel rise in demand from our customers for an HDBaseT-enabled display," NEC Senior Director of Product Marketing Keith Yanke said in the announcement. "HDBaseT has become a global standard for digital connectivity, and integrating the technology into our new display will help our customers realize significant cost savings."

The NEC 55-inch P553, equipped with HDBaseT via the OPS option slot, will be displayed at the HDBaseT Alliance booth at CES. The NEC P553 is intended for rugged 24/7 use in the harshest installation environments, the company said.

The NEC NP-PA672W, enabled with HDBaseT, will also be displayed at the HDBaseT Alliance booth at CES. The PA672W is the latest professional installation projector in the PA Series lineup equipped with the necessary feature set such as interchangeable lenses, horizontal and vertical lens shift, and top-of-the-line video processor required for boardrooms and classrooms.

"Considering NEC joined the HDBaseT Alliance less than a year ago, the fact it is already producing HDBaseT-enabled displays is remarkable and demonstrates the company's strong commitment to the technology," Micha Risling, marketing chair of the HDBaseT Alliance, said in the announcement. "The NEC line HDBaseT options is the latest addition to an ever-growing HDBaseT ecosystem of TVs, projectors, A/V receivers for commercial and consumer applications."

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