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Dec 30, 2009 5:34 PM, By Mike Keadle

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Fischer Connectors AluLite connectors

Fischer Connectors AluLite connectors

Fischer Connectors’ AluLite connectors offer substantial weight savings over traditional connectors. The aluminum design is up to 50 percent lighter than comparable products offered by other manufacturers. This makes them ideal for portable systems—especially when the weight savings for shipping is considered. The connectors are sealed up to IP68 and operational from -50 degrees Celsius to 150 degrees Celsius. They can withstand the harsh conditions of outside broadcasting. The Alulite connectors accept cable diameters from 1.4mm to 10.7mm and are available in multipole from two pins to 27 pins, and upon request, in coax, triax, or hybrid configurations.

Gefen’s new EXT-HDMI1.3-CAT5-ELR transmitter and receiver system provides HDMI video and audio, and Ethernet and IR back channel at distances up to 330ft. over a single Cat-5e cable. The HDMI transmission will support 1080p/60 full HD video with deep color, lip sync, and 8.1 digital audio. Ethernet extension allows IP-based applications to be integrated into the system by allowing connection of both the transmitter and receiver to standard 100Base-T switches and hubs. Back-channel IR through the built-in IR blaster allows control of the source device by pointing the IR remote at the display device. This allows control as if the source device was in the same room as the display. The EXT-HDMI1.3-CAT5-ELR is fully HDMI- and HDCP compliant.

Gepco International VHD2001M RG6-type HD Coax

Gepco International VHD2001M RG6-type HD Coax

Gepco International’s new VHD2001M RG6-type HD coax cable features a precision-stranded 18AWG center conductor, a unique double-braided shield, and an extra-flexible matte PVC jacket. It uses Gepco’s crush-resistant, gas-injected polyethylene compound to reduce attenuation and extend operating bandwidth. The electrical specifications of the VHD2001M cable meet or exceed SMPTE 292M and SMPTE 24M standards, while the mechanical dimensions ensure consistent stripping and connector termination. The increased flexibility of the VHD2001M cable makes it ideal for the transmission of uncompressed HD video in patching or remote locations.

Gepco International HMS and HMD 
Modular Hybrid Fiber Distribution Racks

Gepco International HMS and HMD Modular Hybrid Fiber Distribution Racks

Gepco’s new HMS and HMD Modular Hybrid Fiber Distribution racks simplify and improve the cable installation process by providing an onsite termination solution for SMPTE 304M camera connectors. Both the HMS and the HMD feature new internal cable management with configurable ports for multiple cable formats including 9.2mm SMPTE hybrid cable, discrete electrical and fiber cables, or the HDC3R 3-channel hybrid cable. The internal management also eliminates the need for excess heat shrink, furcation tubing, and strain relief. Non-conductive, electrically isolated modules allow the HMS and HMD to be configured with Lemo SMPTE 304M or Neutrik OpticalCon connectors. The HMS features an internal fusion splice tray allowing direct fusion splicing to the fiber in the hybrid connector. The splice tray was designed specifically for management of larger cables. The HMD features an internal SC breakout for quick disconnect of hybrid modules. Optional fusion splice mating connectors are available.

Neutrik’s new opticalCon Quad connectors build upon the success and innovation of the company’s opticalCon Duo series of ruggedized fiber-optic connection system. Like the opticalCon Duo line, the opticalCon Quad series is protected by an extremely durable, all-metal housing with spring-loaded locking mechanisms. The opticalCon Quad series is offered in single-mode and multimode fiber in 4-channel, 4-channel X-treme, and Triple Split 12-channel assemblies. They are IP65-rated for dust-tight and water-jet protection.

The Neutrik convertCon series offers the world’s first unisex XLR connectors. They allow easy selection of either a 3-pin male XLR or 3-pin female XLR connector by simply sliding the connector housing back and forth. The convertCon series connectors can be used instead of adapters where needed, and they are a great addition to an audio cable emergency kit.

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