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Media Solutions Debuts HDBaseT Test Generator

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Media Solutions announces the MS-TestPro-- the first HDBaseT tester with a built-in HDMI pattern generator, simplifying the in-field performance analysis process of HDBaseT devices, cabling and overall configurations.

MS-TestProThe built-in HDMI pattern generator supports both CEA and DMT resolutions up to 4K/28Hz, making it compatible with virtually every AV source and display device available. A 3.5-inch touchscreen displays basic performance diagnostics for fast analysis of connectivity signals, including go/no-go indication, cable length, pixel clock and Tx/Rx overall performance.

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KanexPro Adds Active Optical Cable

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KanexPro announces the Active Optical Cable (AOC)-- an HDMI 2.0 cable with ethernet up to 18Gbps. It accepts the same electrical inputs as traditional copper cables, but uses optical fibre to extend HDMI signals with zero loss or latency.

KanexPro AOCAccording to the company the AOC handles uncompressed 4K resolution video with 32 audio channels for multi-dimensional immersive audio with up to 1536kHz sample frequency. The cable comes in 30, 50 or 100m lengths, and has an integrated USB connected to draw power from the display and dynamic synchronisation of video and audio streams.

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HDMI Spec Reaches 2.1

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The HDMI Forum announces version 2.1 of the HDMI specification-- one adding support for a higher resolutions and refresh rates, including 8K60 and 4K120, Dynamic HDR and increased bandwidth via 48G cable.

hdmi cablesDeveloped by the HDMI Forum Technical Working Group, HDMI 2.1 is backwards compatible with earlier versions of the specification, and brings improvements on the audio as well as video sides. For instance, eARC provides a simpler solution for the setup of TVs with a soundbar or AVR complete with support for object-based surround sound formats such as Dolby Vision and DTS:X.

As mentioned earlier, a new 48G cable boosts bandwidth to 48Gbps for uncompressed support for 8K resolution video with HDR, while a Game Mode VRR features a variable refresh rate to reduce (if not eliminate) lag, stutter and frame tearing. Dynamic HDR adjusts depth, detail, brightness, contrast and colour gamut on a scene-by-scene or even frame-by-frame basis.

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Extron Shipping Eight eBUS Button Panels & Accessories

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Extron eBUS

Extron Electronics announces availability of eight eBUS button panels and two accessories.

eBUS button panels are customizable and integration-friendly AV system control interfaces that work with any IPCP Pro control processor. Multiple eBUS button panels may be linked together by a single cable that carries both power and communication. A variety of mounting options, including Extron's new Flex55 mounting systems, provide easy integration worldwide.

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The DLP Labs-Certified Aurora Fiber HDMI Cable

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Tributaries Cable announces the Aurora-- an hybrid active optical cable (AOC) featuring DLP Labs certification, able to carry bandwidths reaching 18Gbps for up to 30m.

Aurora cableSuch data rates allow it to carry advanced video signals, such as UHD 4K at 60Hz with 10-bit colour and HDR.

The hybrid cable uses a glass design to transport video/audio/clock and control signals, while a copper portion carries the Digital Display Channel (DDC) responsible for 2-way communication of EDID and HDCP signals. The connector head shells houses cable components, while power comes via USB connection delivered through either separate 5V power supply or USB port.

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Metra Debuts Passive HDMI Cables

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Metra VeloxMetra Home Theatre Group announces the Velox passive HDMI cables-- able to send 18Gbps data for up to 8m standalone and up to 21m when paired with the HDM-GA1 amplifier.

The pre-cut cable is available in different lengths, and uses the so co-called Quicksilver Transmission Line to support 18Gpbs, 4K/60, 4:4:4 and HDR transmission for 8m. As mentioned earlier it can also be used with the Gigabit Accelerator (HDM-GA1) to transmit up to 21m at a full 18Gbps.

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USB-C Gets HDMI Mode

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The HDMI Founders announce an HDMI Alternative Mode for the USB Type-C specification, allowing the connection of HDMI-enabled displays to video sources via USB-C, with no need for additional protocols or adapters.

HDMI USB-CAs announcement press release puts it, "this enables two of the most popular solutions for connectivity to come together-- the small form factor, reversible, and multi-purpose USB Type-C connector being adopted by smartphones, tablets and PC products, and HDMI, which is the leading display interface with an installed base of billions of displays."

HDMI Alt Mode includes all HDMI 1.4b features, including video resolutions up to 4K, Audio Return Channel (ARC), 3D, HDMI Ethernet Channel and Consumer Electronic Control (CEC). The HDMI cable uses the USB-C connector on the source side and any HDMI connector on the display side, all without adapters or dongles.

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