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Simplay opens HDMI test lab in Germany

Posted: 10 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HDMI test lab? consumer electronics? SimplayHD?

Simplay Labs LLC has opened a new lab in Hanover, Germany to help manufacturers test consumer electronics products for interoperability performance.

The lab is aimed to meet the increasing demand for Simplay HD services by European manufacturers who require fast response and turnaround in testing as they bring their CE products to market. Simplay Labs Germany will complement the five other existing labs in the United Kingdom, the United States and in Asia Pacific.

Simplay has also released its Pre-test System, a test tool designed to identify interoperability, usability and performance issues before products are submitted to a testing facility. This helps manufacturers troubleshoot most commonly found errors in pre-released products, ensuring a better user experience for consumers. Simplay Labs' Pre-test System (SPS) goes beyond testing the HDMI and High-Definition Content Protection (HDCP) specifications. It focuses more on user experience, setting a higher performance standard for the CE industry, said Simplay.

The SPS is a compact, self-contained testing system with a built-in display, custom designed PCBs and a DVD player, packaged inside a rugged, transportable case on wheels. According to Simplay, it is the first pre-test tool of its kind for CEs that focuses on the performance of HDMI/HDCP protocols and robust behavior under various use scenarios. The SPS screens products for HDMI/HDCP implementation performance, identifies and de-bugs performance issues well in advance of production, increases confidence of passing SimplayHD testing on the first attempt, and enables manufacturers to bring products to market faster.

"Our recent global expansion, new partners and products tested are an indication that the market demands this service program and validates Simplay Labs as the solution to help CE manufacturers meet consumer expectations," said Joseph Lias, Simplay Labs president. "The new Simplay Labs Germany service coupled with our SPS delivers an added dimension to our ongoing commitment to supporting customers with solutions designed to enhance product performance."

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