A Hybrid Answer to a Complex Problem
As displays become bigger and have higher resolutions, the IO (Input/Output) connection between devices becomes a barrier, limiting the user experience. Standard category cable – such as copper – simply can’t handle these higher speeds and resolutions.
Our Active Optical Cables remove limitations by providing an elegant, high speed interconnect between devices. Fully self-powered solutions, our cables feature a simple, robust design that makes them a “plug-n-play” connection for various devices in the home and workplace. When compared to copper cables, optical cables are thinner, longer, lighter, stronger and just as easy to connect.
How do we do it? We took a hybrid approach. We’ve integrated the low speed control that copper brings with the all of the benefits of fiber into one cable. Combining high speed and low power consumption, we use advanced wafer-level packaging for seamless fiber optic integrations for high speed data connections, and copper wires for power and low speed signaling. Our unique platform has been patented by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (patent #8,948,197).
Our cables come in spans ranging from 10 meters to 100 meters – with no loss of video integrity – and include the following features:
- Support for high definition (1080p) and ultra-high-definition (4K) videos
- No external power supply needed
- Deep Color, 3D and multi-channel digital audio on a single cable
- Fully compatible with past and existing copper-based HDMI standards
- Plenum rated 1
- Riser rated 2
- Future proof to support HDMI 2.0
- Low power consumption
- Low EMI for high speed data
- Low profile connector and cabling
1 Plenum refers to the air-handling spaces in building construction above the ceiling and beneath the floors. Some building codes require Plenum-rated cable, which has a low-smoke jacket that burns slower in the event of a fire and emits less toxic smoke.
2 Riser rated (indoor household connection) refers to cable which is to be run between floors in non-plenum areas. The fire requirements on riser cable are not as strict.