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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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PureLink Debuts Locking Screw HDMI Cables

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PureLink locking cablesPureLink announces a line of "locking" HDMI cables under the TotalWire brand. The cables support HDMI 2.0b and HDR content, and have a built-in screw-based locking system to prevent strain and loose connections.

In addition the locking system can eliminate the need for additional port savers and brackets. Spec'd at 18Gbps of bandwidth, the cables handle HDR, CEC and HDCP 2.2 to support multi-dimensional immersive audio and dynamic control options. Also included are multi-layer shielding for EMI protection, and support for 4K@50/60 (2160p) at 4:4:4 colour format.

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Murideo Releases Fresco SIX-A & Fresco SIX-G Combo

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 Fresco SIX-A and Fresco SIX-G Combo

Murideo releases the Fresco SIX-A and Fresco SIX-G Combination, giving AV integrators a new standard for testing, analyzing and commissioning HDMI distribution systems, cabling and interconnects to 18G.

The Fresco SIX-G HDMI Signal Generator & HDCP Tester was designed for the AV integration market to confirm HDMI 2.0 and HDCP2.2 compliance up to the 18 GBP/sec level.

The SIX-G also troubleshoots distributed HDMI systems and a reference source for video calibration (compatible with CalMAN, Light Illusion, and ChromaPure).

One of the biggest challenges for integrators today is determining what infrastructure to put in the systems they design while verifying all of the components will work together. Over the past few years UHD TVs have been a mix of HDCP 2.2 and 1.4, 300MHz and 600MHz –even to the point of varying by port. HDR also adds some unique challenges like exceeding the 10.2 GBPS HDBaseT threshold-- the SIX-G has a full suite of HDR tools to boot.

The SIX-G takes the guess work out of troubleshooting and provides absolute information about HDMI components that will work and identifies ones that won’t work – all in a hand-held, portable field tool.

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Transparent Audio With Shawline Cable

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The Chord Company promises the Shawline high-performance audio cables will add nothing to signals passing through-- “no colouration, no signal loss and no interference.”

Shawline cableFeaturing the company's Tuned ARAY technology, the Shawline analogue interconnects (available in DIN, phono and XLR versions) are fitted with silver-plated Chord VEE 3 phono plugs with PTFE insulation. Meanwhile the conductors are built from silver-plated multi-strand oxygen-free copper, insulated with PTFE and contained within a flexible outer jacket to further reduce noise.

Shawline also comes in a Digital flavour-- one using propietary ARAY conductor geometry and silver-plated Chord VEE 3 plugs with PTFE insulation or high-performance silver-plated BNC connectors.

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