WHat is SimplayHD
Simplay HD testing and verification is designed to give consumers confidence that the components they buy will deliver unquestionable performance, compatibility, and interoperability in real-world usage scenarios, and maximize the delivery of premium HD content. The program consists of testing, branding and awareness initiatives directed at retailers as well as consumers. At its core, the program is based on the Simplay HD Test Specification, which requires high levels of performance for HDMI and HDCP, as well as “plug testing” with devices from a wide range of other manufacturers.
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Test Program Information
There are four general categories of device testing:
- Source – Devices such as DVD/HD/Blu-ray players, cable/satellite set-top boxes, PCs, etc.
- Sink – Presentation or display devices such as HDTVs, projectors, monitors, etc.
- Repeaters – Devices such as A/V receivers, home theater systems (can be both a repeater and a source), and switches
- Cables – HDMI cables: wire, passive equalized and active
Every submitted device goes through a two-stage testing process. In both phases, typical user behaviors are simulated such as switching between input sources, powering devices on and off, and plugging and unplugging cables.
Stage 1: Performance & Compatibility Testing
Our custom-developed testing tools check for protocol adherence and robust signal handling, including failure models not specifically called out in the HDMI and HDCP specifications.
Stage 2: Interoperability Testing
Interoperability testing focuses on plug-testing of multiple device types, where the tested component is connected to a wide variety of other verified components. It identifies configuration and usage scenarios that may cause failures or degraded performance.