Cables and Connectors Technology Showcase
May 31, 2011 8:21 AM, by Bennett Liles
Recently introduced by Gepco, the V-Light active fiber cable system provides the transmission distance of single-mode fiber with connectors sealed in a weather-tight shell. The familiar Gepco V-Con connector system is used for exterior termination, eliminating the concern for contaminated fiber connectors. Introduced at this year’s NAB were Gepco’s new VHD1100F flexible RG-11 coax and VHD1300 extended distance coax, designed for transmission of uncompressed HD video in patching or remote locations. The new miniature plenum VDM230TS coax for transmission of HD video in permanent installations was also featured at the show.
New from Kramer Electronics is the plenum-rated CP-HM/HM HDMI cable with molded HDMI connectors. Constructed with 26 AWG conductors in 15ft. and 25ft. lengths and 24 AWG in 25ft. and 50ft. lengths, the cables have gold-plated connectors for handling 1080p60 and are compatible with 30-bit and 36-bit Deep Color. Another recent addition is the WAV-6H, a single gang wall plate insert with a pass-through female connector for HDMI at the front and a cable and female HDMI connector at the rear. The plate includes a 15-pin computer connection and a yellow RCA for composite video, along with unbalanced stereo sound on RCAs and a 3.5mm mini jack.
The M-Link connector family from MultiDyne is available as a fiber-optic or hybrid model featuring a connector platform with configurable pin or socket insert caps that can be added to the plug or receptacle. A series of modules fit into male or female cavities to form an active channel for fiber pins, fiber-optic sockets, electrical pins, electrical sockets, or dummy modules to seal unwanted cavities.
Since its launch in 2005, the opticalCon line of fiber-optic connectors from Neutrik has rapidly spread through the AV, broadcast, and lighting industry offering dust-protected, ruggedized connection. The opticalCon Duo models led the way, closely followed by the opticalCon Quad series, which doubled the fiber count to four per cable. The selection later broadened to the opticalCon Triple Split providing 12 fiber channels in three groups of four.
Opticis designed its M1-1000 express allfiber DVI cable with active opto-electronic components inside to provide WUXGA resolution at 60Hz for distances up to 326ft. The cable is embedded with eight strands of multimode fiber to support DDC2B/HDCP in addition to the TDMS video interface. The M1-1POE is a hybrid fiber/copper cable with male DVI-D connectors at each end. Its four H-PCD fibers provide the TDMS interface, while the embedded copper conductors support DDC2B/HDCP for 326ft.
In the RCX line from Radio Design Labs there is a model to fit just about any conceivable wiring scenario. The RCX-J3 provides two RCA connectors with gold contacts. The connectors are tied through hum-rejecting transformers to a rear-panel barrier block. The XLR connection is directly tied to the barrier block. The panel covers come in several styles including the RCX-J3 brass model. Among the Decora Style connector plates is the DS-AVM4 with a pass-through female/female DB-15 video monitor connector teamed with twin gold-contact RCA connectors for stereo sound. Below the RCA ports is a stereo mini jack.
Available in a variety of lengths, the new Binary B7 series high-speed HDMI-licensed cable with Ethernet from SnapAV provides 1440p tested video quality. It’s HDMI licensed for speeds up to 340MHz and capable of 16-bit deep color. SnapAV’s new Binary 1EndZ RG6 cable with tool-free RCA reduces rack dressing time by half. By combining tool-free RCA connectors and a precut coaxial cable with one end already assembled, installers simply grab the right length 1EndZ, connect the pre-assembled end to the equipment, dress the cable through the rack, cut/ trim to the desired length, assemble the other end with the included tool-free connector, and plug it in.
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