INVECAS Showcases its Chip & IP Solutions for HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.3 at the 2019 International CES in Las Vegas, Demonstrating the 8K 60Hz Home Theater Experience in Conjunction with Samsung QLED 8K. The three new ICs from INVECAS each support 8K Ultra High Definition video at 60Hz, as well as 4K UHD video at 120Hz, each as outlined in the latest HDMI 2.1 specification. The INV4789 Port Processor IC is ideal for TV designs, the INV4788 Transmitter IC is targeted for set top box and media player applications, and the INV4781 Switching IC is configured for AVR and soundbar designs. The ICs are now sampling to customers. Key Features include:
– 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz as outlined in the HDMI 2.1 specification
– Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
– Support for Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) modes
– Support for static & dynamic HDR allowing for extended dynamic range and wide color gamut support
– HDCP 2.3 premium content protection
SL-HDR1 is a HDR standard that was jointly developed by STMicroelectronics, Philips International B.V., and Technicolor R&D France. It was standardised as ETSI TS 103 433 in August 2016. SL-HDR1 provides direct backwards compatibility by using static (SMPTE ST 2086) and dynamic metadata (using SMPTE ST 2094-20 Philips and 2094-30 Technicolor formats) to reconstruct a HDR signal from a SDR video stream that can be delivered using SDR distribution networks and services already in place. SL-HDR1 allows for HDR rendering on HDR devices and SDR rendering on SDR devices using a single layer video stream. The HDR reconstruction metadata can be added either to HEVC or AVC using a supplemental enhancement information (SEI) message.
Astro Designs presents their lineup of HDMI 2.1 test equipement at the HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc (HDMI LA) booth at CES 2019, showing the future of 8K as I first filmed their 8K technology in 2013 and what Astro was showing in 2015 here generating, testing, decoding, encoding, generating signals, extracting off camera sensors, often using FPGA systems or some advanced ASIC implementations before device makers are able to make the final ASICs or accelerator chips to produce these solutions for the mass market.
Teledyne LeCroy provides video spec test equipment, advanced test platforms for testing equipment to fit with the HDMI specs, capturing the digital signals at the bit level using the full picture and protocol information for getting validated.
At the CES 2019, HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc (HDMI LA) is showing and talking about some of the new HDMI 2.1 cables that are coming to the market supporting 48Gbit/s high bandwidth, from passive cables, active copper cables and active optical cables, thus 3 different types of HDMI 2.1 cables to enable the HDMI 2.1 features including 8K60 or 4K120 un-compressed or up to 10K120 compressed. Some of the HDMI 2.1 cable providers highlighted include Elka, Inneos, JCE, Silicon Line and Legrand.
Elka is showcasing its HDMI 2.1 solution and its improved HDMI 2.0 active solution. HDMI 2.1 is the latest HDMI Specification. Elka’s renewed HDMI 2.0 active cable is longer, thinner, and more flexible than the previous one.
At the 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Silicon Line, a developer of optical link technology for consumer, commercial and industrial electronics, demonstrates the world’s first active optical cables with embedded technology supporting all features of the recently released HDMI 2.1 specification. The demonstration, involves the latest HDMI 2.1-enabled 4K and 8K TVs, at the Las Vegas Convention Centre South Hall in the dedicated HDMI Licensing Administrator booth. Copper cabling presents many limitations for very high bandwidth applications that make it impractical for use in many applications, Silicon Line CEO Ruud van der Linden says that their embedded technology supports all the advanced new features of the HDMI 2.1 specification and will allow the production of thin, long, flexible optical HDMI cables at prices affordable to consumers. Munich-based Silicon Line, a member of the HDMI Forum, produces the tiny, proprietary integrated circuits and ‘optical engines’ needed to convert electrical signals to optical signals and back again. It also makes cable modules – the electronics inside cable-end connectors – which contain the integrated circuits, optical engine and other components needed to make a complete active optical cable. The company’s opto-electronics and manufacturing technologies have dramatically reduced the production cost of active optical cables for applications including HDMI, DisplayPort and USB3. Silicon Line also produces ultra-low-power optical link technology enabling thin, lightweight and long high-speed cables for consumer electronics, commercial and industrial applications. The company develops and manufactures integrated circuits and modules, which allow a simple, high volume assembly of active optical cables also suitable for a lower-cost market.
FIBBR 4-in-1 HDMI Cable Supports Next Gen 8K Video Signals, with the consumer video market already starting the transition from 4K to 8K video, YOFC has the internal resources to quicly adapt to the changing specifications, with high bandwidth support up to 48Gbit/s for 8K TVs that are coming to the market with multiple inputs, providing a single cable slim design with a 7mm diameter allows it to easily fit in a wide variety of installations, using high-quality glass fibers from YOFC, one of the largest producers of glass fibers in the world.
The Targus USB C (3.1) dock has 4 hdmi outputs. The Dock also includees ethernet and three 3 usb ports, 1 USB C Power and USB A power. The price is 275 dollars.
The Targus IOT dock includes USB A ports, 100w laptop charging, ethernet, 2x hdmi and 2x Displayport. The IOT enables the dock to be used with a smart power supply enabling it to be managed from the cloud. Price is TBD.
Schumacher Electric Co. is cooperating with Motorola to create Modular Power System. The technology is developed by Schumacher and licensed by Motorola The power system uses aluminum Lithium ion batteries. Motorola-branded batteries promise a 50-percent increase in performance when jump-starting a car, hold their charge up to 25 percent longer than standard lithium power cells, and retain 85 percent of their capacity at temperatures as low as -58 degrees F., the company reported.
The AC Power Inverter Module (model MT113), a 100W inverter for charging laptops and other portable tech with standard AC power, USB and USB Type C connectivity. Suggested retail: $70.
The LED Lantern Light Module (model MT153), which provides 500 lumen lighting with adjustable intensity and a 360-degree range with a magnetic base and spring-hook carabiner clip. Suggested retail: $70.
The LED Torch Light Module (model MT071), with CREE 500 lumen LED lighting. Suggested retail: $70.
The Jump Starter Module (models MT129 and MT130), with either a 4-cell aluminum lithium ion 8,000 mAh battery rated for 500A crank amps and 1,000A peak amps to jump-start a car up to 25 times, or a 12,000 mAh aluminum lithium Ion battery rated for 750A crank amps and 1,500A peak amps that can jump-start a car up to 30 times. Suggested retails: $ 140 for the MT129 and $ 160 for the MT130.
A Digital Air Compressor Module (model MT080), with 140 PSI to top off tire pressure in one minute. Includes a flexible air hose, LCD display and LED area light. Suggested retail: $70.
The HyperX Quadcast is the first USB microphone from HyperX. The QuadCast features an anti-vibration shock mount, an easily-accessible gain control adjustment, four selectable polar patterns, and tap-to-mute functionality with convenient LED lighting to indicate broadcast status.
The HyperX Pulsefire Raid RGB mouse is designed for gamers who need additional buttons for key binding or to execute a variety of commands. HyperX Pulsefire Raid features 11 programmable buttons and is designed with a Pixart 3389 sensor for accuracy and speed with settings up to 16,000 DPI.
The Cloud Orbit and Cloud Orbit S gaming headsets are the first HyperX gaming headsets powered by Audeze’s patented 100mm Planar Magnetic Drivers for accurate sound. The Orbit and Orbit S feature 3d Audiophile grade sound.
At the HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc (HDMI LA) booth at CES 2019, they talk about the latest with HDMI 2.1 where at CES 2019 several companies announced the first 8K products from Samsung, LG, Sony, TCL, Konka, featuring some or all of the HDMI 2.1 features, including the 48Gbit/s spec cables supporting up to 8K60 uncompressed. At their booth, the Microsoft team presents the Microsoft Xbox One X and Xbox One S which has some HDMI 2.1 gaming features supported with its firmware update such as HDMI VRR and Auto Low Latency Mode to be taken advantage of with TVs that support HDMI 2.1 features such as the 2018 Samsung TVs available in the retail market.
7.8″ Onyx Boox Nova Pro, comes with 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash, color-adjusting frontlight, capacitive screen and Wacom stylus input with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Resolution of 1872×1404. Availability will from around April for a price of around $280.
Laurent Alaguero of Auxens shows their latest version of OXI the Desktop productivity user interface for Android phone’s external displays, such as here demonstrating running on the BQ Aquaris X2 Pro which has Displayport USB Type-C support. Here demonstrating OXI running with the Lapdock launched on crowdfunding on Indiegogo starting at $100. OXI can bring in and run Windows 10 apps in resizable Windows inside of this Android user interface, no need to boot all the way into a Windows 10 remote desktop just pulling in the needed Windows apps over the Internet, using virtualization, streaming, with servers that can nearby and served through Enterprise’s existing Windows server infrastructure. The Windows 10 apps can feel like they are running locally on Android with minimal lag. Auxens is now reaching out to Smartphone manufacturers to try to pre-install OXI on shipping phones with Displayport USB Type-C support. Hopefully they can integrate by getting some API access with http://shadow.tech cloud PC service and hopefully OXI comes with the Cosmo Communicator that is being developed and which I filmed here
Colorii CH1 is the world’s smallest USB Type C to 4K 30Hz HDMI adapter, it works with phone or laptop. Colorii also shows USB 3.0 to VGA adapter, USB 3.0 to HDMI/VGA dual display adapter, USB 3.0 to HDMI/DVI adapter and more at Colorii’s CES 2019 booth. Colorii also shows the Lapdock project which is now as a working sample crowdfunding starting at $100 at http://igg.me/at/lapdock
Planet Computers are showing their latest prototype of the Cosmo Communicator now crowdfunding for $569 on Indiegogo here which is an upgrade of their very successful Gemini PDA which I used as my main phone for the past 9 months and you can see some videos I filmed about it here the Cosmo Communicator upgraded the CPU to MediaTek P70, Memory, the keyboard gets backlit, an external OLED display is added to be able to use the phone without having to open it, a fingerprint reader is added that is a combo with being a selection button, an external high quality 24 megapixel camera is now also default. The new design also allows for better antennas for a stronger LTE signal and possibly also for a stronger Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support too.