Datapath has launched a series of long-range fiber optic DisplayPort1.2 and HDMI2.0 cable, with lengths up to 100m that don’t require additional power and measure just 7mm in diameter. They are designed to provide a direct connection from any graphics card, including the Datapath ImageDP4, to either DisplayPort or HDMI monitors or from media players to Datapath’s HDMI or DisplayPort capture cards.
All video wall or digital signage installations require careful planning around how to connect sources to video wall equipment, and graphics cards to screens. Many cables can be large, heavy and difficult to manage, especially when installers are attempting to accommodate large bundles of cables from a video wall controller to a bank of screens, which is typical in many control room, hospital and live event applications. Another challenge is that conventional long-range solutions require additional power at both the transmitter and receiver end of the solution. However, Datapath’s ActiveConnect series overcomes all of these issues with a single, DisplayPort to DisplayPort or HDMI to HDMI fiber optic cable.
Along with the absence of additional power requirements a further USP is the transmission of full 4k signals at 60 fps to suit all high resolution applications. Each cable is HDCP compliant, allowing for protected sources to be carried within the Datapath system. In addition, the cables are Plenum-rated, ensuring they can be installed safely into building cavities such as walls, floors or ceilings.
Installation is simplified not only by the small 7-millimeter diameter of the cables, but by a weight of just 15 grams pre-meter (including connectors) and a maximum bend radius of 6mm, which allows cables to be maneuvered around obstacles with ease.
ActiveConnect cables are available with either DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 2.0 connectors. The DisplayPort is available in 25, 50 and 100 metre lengths, with the HDMI currently available in 25 and 50 meters, with 100 meters coming soon.