Valens Semiconductor, the Israel-based developer of HDBaseT technology, ranked No. 4 in Deloitte’s 2014 Technology Fast 500 list, which recognizes the fastest-growing public and private tech firms in Europe, the Middle East and Asia (EMEA).
Now in its 14th year, Deloitte list considers growth over the most recent five-year period. Valens grew a staggering 33,244 percent between 2009 and 2013.
The only companies ranked ahead of Valens were French-based Weezevent at No.1 followed by fellow Israeli companies Taboola and Superfish.
In all fairness, HDBaseT, which passes high-speed audio, video, IP data and power (up to 100W) over a single Cat 5e/6 cable, is still relatively new. Valens’ partners did not launch products until 2010, so the silicon-maker’s 2009 revenues would have been nominal, accounting in part for the “explosive” growth over the five-year period.
Even so, HDBaseT has been a major success in the higher-end media distribution market. We’d still like to see the technology implementations come down in price and, more importantly, be embedded in traditional consumer electronics products including TVs and Blu-ray players.
Extending HDMI over cheap Cat 5e/6 cable at distances of up to 328 feet is a beautiful thing!