COVID-19 Update

Aurora Unveils ‘First IP Transceiver to use HDBT for Local Connectivity’

Aurora releases HDBT-capable products at InfoComm 2017 — including the HTX-TC1, the “world’s first” to transmit & receive full bandwidth on a single port.

Leave a Comment
Aurora Unveils ‘First IP Transceiver to use HDBT for Local Connectivity’

Aurora was busy at InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The company’s booth was rustling with demonstrations of new products; one of them, the HTX-TC1, Aurora deems “the first all-in-one IP transceiver product to use HDBaseT for local connectivity.” Additionally, the NJ-based company unveiled three new HDBaseT-capable products with 2 or 8 channel Dante which can work in tandem with the HTX line.

The HTX-TC1, a 10G Ethernet switch port, can transmit and receive full bandwidth in both directions on a single port. Most current AV-over-IP solutions require a 48-port switch and two ports: one for encoding and one for decoding. The HTX-TC1 only requires a 24-port switch.

Related: New Aurora VLX Series of 4K AV-over-IP Transceivers Debuted at InfoComm

The product is backwards-compatible with existing systems utilizing HDBaseT and works with the company’s new 18Gbps HDBaseT products, such as the 2-gang transmitter wall plate (HTW-2) and receiver box (HTE-RX2). According to Aurora, the HTX-TC1 is the first to contain 10G SFP (Fiber) and 10G RJ-45 (Copper) in the same unit.

More from an Aurora press release:

“The HTX-TC1 is a new concept for AV over IP and opens new possibilities for a variety of applications. The goal of IPBaseT is to take the strengths of various technologies and create a seamless operation for the ultimate user experience. Combining HDBaseT and HDBaseT-IP in the IPBaseT topology furthers Aurora’s goal to change the way our industry does AV for now and the future,” — Paul Harris, CEO.

A line of HDbT products was also introduced by the New Jersey company at InfoComm. According to a press release, the HTE-TX2 transmitter box, HTW-2 two-gang transmitter Decora wall plate, and HTE-RX2 receiver box are compatible with the HTX-TC1.

These products are capable of transmitting 4K60 4:4:4 18Gbps HDMI 2.0/HDCP2.2 100m (330ft) over a single, unshielded CAT cable — all without frame latency, Aurora says.

More from the press release:

All products have an integrated web server for remote IP control, USB 2.0 with directional control, and the world’s first Dante option for 2 or 8 channel Dante. The proAV market is constantly evolving, and it is important to address needs and demands and they arise. HDBaseT is a versatile technology that enables us to deliver the performance and flexibility expected in the market today, and Aurora’s HDBaseT 4K60 4:4:4 is proof of it.


the HTE-TX2/HTE-RX2 HDBaseT 2.0 Transmitter/Receiver, Aurora

Additional capabilities of the HTE-TX2/HTE-RX2 HDBaseT 2.0 Transmitter/Receiver include:

  • HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2
  • Dolby® TrueHD, Dolby Atmos®, DTS HD®, DTS:X®, 7.1 PCM audio support
  • Integrated Web Server for Remote IP Control and Setup
  • Dante®//AES67 Options 2 or 8 Channel
  • Operate and power both TX and RX from a PoE Switch
  • Two HDMI 2.0 Selectable Inputs (HTE-TX2)
  • Two HDMI 2.0 Outputs (HTE-RX2)
  • Auto Sensing Inputs (HTE-TX2)
  • Two 10/100 LAN Ports
  • Two USB 2.0 Type A for Device Connections
  • One USB 2.0 Micro for Host PC
  • USB direction selectable
  • Audio DSP for Mixing, Level Control, & More
  • RS-232, IR Input, IR Output
  • Integrated IR receiver

It was impossible to walk to away from InfoComm 2017 without realizing that AV-over-IP is gaining tremendous steam. Learn more here.