Crestron used ISE 2014 to announce a new 4K certification system that aims to help customers of its DigitalMedia platform select suitable 4K products for the solution. With DigitalMedia able to accommodate 4K Ultra HD data streams, the company wanted to compile a list of trusted manufacturers of 4k sources and displays. This is to prevent common issues from arising and compromising the 4k quality when distributing 4K over long distances; issues such as mismatched resolutions, different frame considerations and signal integrity.
Under the scheme companies are able to apply to the Crestron 4K Certification programme. Crestron will then test the equipment in a new $250,000 facility. To pass the certification, devices have to meet the following criteria: capable of delivering true 10 Gbit/s data rates to get the signal to its destination; able to interface with DigitalMediato handle the cable lengths found in integrated AV systems; and the ability to work with other 4K products in a DigitalMedia system.
“Compatibility issues between different brands, new cable length limitations and mismatched resolutions all have the potential to compromise a 4K distribution system,” said Justin Kennington, technology manager for Crestron DigitalMedia. “Crestron 4K Certification is our guarantee that sources and displays meet the demands of a 4K distributed system.”