Great products start with great technical specifications. CEA is a leading producer of technical specifications for the consumer electronics industry. CEA also helps CE manufacturers test the implementation of industry standards in specific products, and educates developers about opportunities for creating new software applications. CEA also produces technical reports that help regulators and industry leaders make informed public policy decisions about CE industry products.

Technology & Standards Accomplishments in 2012

Developer University: Developer University helps app developers learn about the opportunities available to them. It also helps platform vendors reach a large and diverse audience of software developers. It does this by bringing platform vendors and software developers together at the CES.

3DTV Energy Consumption Study: CEA performed an in-depth investigation of 3DTV technology and energy consumption. Stakeholders, including manufacturers, content providers and government experts, worked together to publish a technical report on the energy use of TVs in 3D-mode.

Home Lighting Study: The Home Illumination Study, a joint venture by CEA and the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), is the world’s largest and most comprehensive effort to measure home lighting conditions. The results of the survey are helping manufacturers optimize the next-generation of power-saving features for televisions.

Closed Captioning: As part of CEA’s commitment to making CE products more accessible to people with disabilities, CEA enhanced its closed captioning standard by ensuring that closed captions will work with 3D video content. The committee working on this issue is also developing solutions that will allow for the seamless transfer of closed captions through the Internet, and is defining mechanisms to enable easy access to video descriptions.

Energy Efficiency: CEA is updating its standards to include the latest technologies to improve energy efficiency.

PlugFests Make Connecting Easy: CEA conducts innovative PlugFests each year focusing on connectivity and interoperability. These events allow manufacturers to come together and test interfaces in a semi-private, round-robin fashion. Designers can sort out connectivity issues between different manufacturers before products get into consumers’ hands. The most recent PlugFest, held in November, focused on interoperability testing of HDMI, HDCP, DisplayPort, CEC and MHL interfaces.

Mark your Calendar: Developer University at CES: This year the International CES once again features Developer University. This event brings app developers and platform vendors together in an educational setting, enabling developers to learn about the numerous opportunities available to them. All show attendees are invited to attend. The event takes place Thursday, January 10, in rooms S227 and S228 of the LVCC. This year’s event has been expanded to accommodate more speakers and attendees.

Explore CEA’s Standards Setting Committees

CEA’s standards committees are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). CEA has more than 70 committees, subcommittees and working groups that collectively have roughly 1,100 participants. The following is a brief overview of each parent committee.

R03 Audio Systems Committee — establishes standards for consumer audio equipment and other consumer devices that provide audio as part of the device functionality.

R04 Video Systems Committee — develops and maintains standards and bulletins for television video technologies and fosters communication within the television engineering community of related activities and regulatory issues.

R06 Portable Handheld and In-Vehicle Electronics Committee — develops standards, bulletins and other technical publications that address portable and handheld CE products, and CE devices used in private and commercial vehicles, boats and aircraft.
R07 Home Networks Committee — develops and maintains all CEA home network standardization efforts as well as providing a forum for non-CEA home network standards formulating bodies interested in working with CEA.
R10 Residential Systems Committee — establishes bulletins and standards for design and installation of residential systems.
For a complete listing of CEA standards and ongoing CEA standards projects, visit

Technology & Standards Forum

CEA’s Technology & Standards Forums bring together industry experts who develop the standards and other technical documents that shape the CE industry’s progress. Forum attendees develop, debate, and finalize critical CE standards using CEA’s streamlined standards development process.

Technology & Standards Awards

The 2012 CEA Technology Leadership and Achievement Awards, presented to individuals who demonstrate their commitment to excellence through their participation in the T&S program, honored several industry leaders. Arthur Allison of the National Association of Broadcasters received an award for his many years of leadership in the development of DTV standards. Jon Fairhurst of Sharp Labs of America was recognized for leading the industry in setting standards for TV energy consumption. Michael Dolan of Television Broadcast Technology received an award for his leadership while developing standards for digital television receiver design and compliance, including closed captioning and Internet captions. John Roman of Intel was honored for spearheading CEA’s efforts to develop standards for wireless power charging.

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