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HDMI Cables Get Premium Certification

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HDMI Licensing announces the Premium HDMI Cable Certification Program-- a program involving additional and enhanced HDMI cable testing and a unique anti-counterfeiting label.

HDMI Cert“With rapid growth of feature-rich, 4K/UHD content, it’s critical that all components in a 4K/UltraHD HDMI-connected system are fully capable of delivering on the experience," the company says.

The program includes a best-practices design note and an expanded set of cable testing requirements to ensure cables reliably support the full 18Gbps bandwidth required by HDMI 2.0 specification. Also involved are testing guidelines for EMI levels to minimise unwanted interference with wireless signals.

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BTX Debuts Fibre-Based Plenum HDMI Assemblies

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BTX CableBTX Technologies launches fibre-based HDMI cables for 4K applications in lengths ranging from 5m up to 100m, all with lightweight assemblies ideal for use in tight spaces such as floor boxes.

The cables include EDID transmission and support HD (1080p) and 4K/UHD video, with deep colour (48-bit) 4:4:4, 3D and multi-channel digital audio on a single cable. Utilising fibre optics, the plenum-rated cables are specified to provide full signal integrity over the distance of the cable.

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Torus Power Launches TOT AVR Series

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Torus Power announces the TOT AVR series of toroidal isolation power transformers, with models available for use in both Continental Europe (TOT AVR CE) and the UK (TOT AVR UK).

TOT AVRThe AVR series builds on the TOT toroidal isolation transformer range with the addition of Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) to a robust feature set including Piltron NBT noise-filtering technology and low source impedence enabling instantaneous current delivery for dynamic components.

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A Test Tool for HDMI 2.0

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Installers wanting to determine what infrastructure to put in systems can eliminate the guesswork with the Murideo Fresco SIX-G, a  test tool conforming HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 compliance at the 18 GBP/sec level.

Fresco SIX-GCurrent 4K/UHD TVs are a mix of HDCP 2.2 and 1.4, 300MHz and 600MHz, even to the point of varying by port.

In addition the SIX-G acts as a troubleshooting tool for distributed HDMI systems and a reference source for video calibration. It is CalMAN-compatible and provides "absolute" information about HDMI components that work and ID ones that won't.

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The Chord Company Intros Clearway Cable

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The Chord Company launches Clearway-- a replacement to the company's previous Carnival SilverScreen cable featuring advanced features within a high-performance speaker cable.

Clearway CableA refinement on recent Chord Company developments, Clearway Cable features 2 contra-wound high-density foil shields allowing for a shielding level effective to high frequencies. Meanwhile a clear protective PVC jacket reduces mechanically induced noise.

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You No Longer Need a DC Adaptor to Power Your IR Extender

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YZC Electronics, maker smart home remote control IR extender systems, launches their new, versatile dual frequency-coded IR extender, the Flat IR Blaster.

ExtenderThe maker describes the Flat IR Blaster as “a breakthrough in the AV industry” in the IR Extender sector because you can now power up by a simple DC 3v CR2032 button battery.

Installers and their consumers now no longer need a DC adaptor to power up their IR Extenders. The designed-in low power consumption lets Flat IR Blaster’s replaceable battery last for up to 18 months.

If that isn’t enough to make installers happy, consider that the Flat IR Blaster is the only one of its kind in the market with flat cable features.

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Atlas Updates Ascent Ultra Cables

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Atlas Cables updates the Ascent Ultra interconnect cable with a version promising reduced plug mass and the elimination of potential negative eddy currents found in all metallic plugs and connectors.

Ascent UltraThe cable features a conductor made out of a single solid core surrounded by 64 interwoven strands of Ohno Continuous Cast (OCC) grain-free copper. In turn the fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) is extruded around the bare OCC copper conductors in a thermally stable manner, a process offering greater manufacturing consistency and wider bandwidth.

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