A Certifiable Initiative
Today’s electronics hardware and software engineers must be brilliant, focused and a bit clairvoyant. Fortifying solutions that meet today’s needs while ensuring they are still relevant in years to come is challenging. But at Crestron, they are doing this while also contributing a great service to the industry as a whole.
At Crestron headquarters in Rockleigh, N.J., they are confronting the wave of 4K as many others in the industry are. As the displays—crisp with stunning resolutions—line the aisles at various vendor sites, engineers are working diligently to make sure they will speak the same language as consumers’ AV components.
When the whispers of 4K began floating around two years ago, the team at Crestron sensed its impact on the industry. Recalling lessons learned from first-generation HDMI to the once highly hyped 3D phase, the engineers in the DigitalMedia Lab knew they needed to tackle 4K compatibility issues earlier rather than later.
Challenges integrators face when pairing a 4K display, for example, with a source, include mismatched resolution, new frame rates, signal integrity issues, new cable length restrictions and source/display compatibility.
So Crestron began the implementation of its 4K Certification Program in December 2013. The next stage in Crestron’s multi-million dollar investment in its DigitalMedia lab, the program addresses and solves language-barrier problems between components.
The Certification Program Launches
To kick off the investigation, Justin Kennington, technology manager, DigitalMedia and Streaming Solutions for Crestron, purchased 12 4K displays in the month of December alone to begin testing in the fully HDMI-compliant lab. It should be noted that only three of those “behaved well enough” (perfect switching, no crashing, etc.) to be featured at Crestron’s booth at this year’s ISE exhibit.
Products certified in the program are backed by Crestron to deliver true 10 Gbit/s data rates to get the signal to its destination, to interface with DigitalMedia to handle cable lengths found in integrated AV systems, and to work with other 4K products in a DigitalMedia system.