Black Box Introduces Active Optical Cables to Simplify Extension of UHD Video and Audio

Black Box Corp. has introduced its Active Optical Cable product range, which enables transmission of ultra-high-bandwidth video and audio.

With a single cable, Black Box said users can extend HDMI signals with resolutions up to 4K at 60 Hz 4:4:4 and DisplayPort signals with resolutions up to 8K @ 60 Hz 4:4:4 for more than 200 meters.

“Our new Active Optical Cable range provides a simple, time-saving alternative to bulky HDMI/DP cables or costly AV extender kits that add another level of complexity in deployment and maintenance in high-density installations,” said David Muzinic, product manager at Black Box.

The new cables are designed as a solution for control room, video wall, digital signage, surveillance system and medical optical imaging applications. The Active Optical Cables support HDMI: full 4K UHD resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 at 60 Hz, chroma 4:4:4 with up to 18 Gbps bandwidth; and DisplayPort: full 8K UHD resolutions up to 7680 x 4320 at 60 Hz or 32.4 Gbps.

In addition, the cables provide immersive audio, including PCM 8-channel, DTS-HD and Dolby Digital True HD surround sound along with the video signals.

The cables’ hybrid fiber/copper design allows power to be pulled from the source and transmitted over copper to the display side, with no external power required.

Available in standard lengths of 10, 15, and 30 meters (box) and 50 or 100 meters (spool), the hot-swappable Active Optical Cables from Black Box require no software and are compatible with third-party equipment, including displays and video switches, as well as with Black Box video wall controllers, media players and high-performance KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) systems, AV switches and AV splitters.

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