InfoComm 2008: Cables, Connectors & Accessories

A big push at this year’s InfoComm seemed to be products designed for and around digital visual interface (DVI), which maximizes the quality of digital displays, and high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI), which is an audio/visual connector interface. HDMI connects digital AV sources such as personal computers and video-game consoles to compatible digital audio devices and video monitors.

Avocent introduced a new line of extenders that wirelessly distribute high-definition DVI and HDMI content from one source to multiple destinations. The company’s MPX1500T transmitter has a universal media port, so it supports both digital and analog video signals.

Cables To Go showcased the latest in its connection products, including easy-to-use cables and connections for school buildings. The company’s RapidRun solution offers a system of cabling through an existing conduit, saving schools time and money, the company said.

Extron Electronics announced more than 20 new products for integrating DVI and HDMI sources and displays, including DVI and HDMI matrix switcher boards. The company also introduced a series of extended-distance twisted pair receivers, which work with transmitters to send high-resolution video or audio signals 1,500 feet or more over a single cable.

Gefen displayed its newest fiber-based extension solution, which uses a single fiber-optic cable to transmit HDMI v1.3 video up to 500 meters in distance. The system uses Omron’s fiber-optic modules to enable a simple, yet long-distance delivery of HDMI content over one fiber-optic cable, Gefen said. High-definition resolutions up to 1080p full HD are supported at the longest distances, making this system well suited for digital signage applications, according to the company.

Gepco has expanded its fiber cable assembly offerings and also introduced the V-CON Connector System. Designed to withstand the harsh environments posed by staging, remote, and touring applications, the V-CON system provides the bandwidth and electrical performance for multi-channel HD interconnects in a durable, all-weather design, Gepco said. 

Neutrik introduced a unisex cable connector that solves the problem people often encounter when they try to attach two cables, only to find that the ends are not compatible. The ConvertCon is a new three-pin male and female cable converter in a single housing, and the transition is achieved by sliding the housing back and forth.

RTcom USA unveiled an Expandable Digital Matrix Router, the EDM-1818M. The new router simultaneously supports multiple digital video formats, the company says–allowing integrators to use a single device for all digital signal types, instead of a separate matrix switcher for each signal type.

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