Extron has announced the availability of the HD Pro Plenum Series of active, hybrid optical-copper cables for high-speed transmission of HDMI digital video and audio signals. They support data rates up to 18 Gbps, video resolutions up to 4K/60 @ 4:4:4, HDR, EDID, HDCP and CEC, as well as all HDMI audio formats. These active cables are unidirectional and draw only nominal power from the connected HDMI source device. Each ultra-thin cable is just 0.16” (4 millimeters) in diameter and offers a narrow bend radius, providing easy installation and uncompromised performance. Providing the benefits of fiber optics with the simplicity of traditional copper cable, the HD Pro Plenum Series supports 4K/60 video signals over long distances up to 300 feet (91.4 meters).
The HD Pro Plenum Series uses glass multimode fiber, which allows for use in high-interference environments such as data centers and manufacturing facilities. Built-in active circuitry converts the incoming electrical signal into an optical signal on one end and back into an electrical signal on the other. Non-bandwidth intensive or low-speed signals are carried on the integrated copper wires, including EDID, HDCP, CEC and 5 V power. HD Pro Plenum Series cables provide the best combination of performance and price for applications that require direct, long-distance signal connections.
Details on the HD Pro Plenum Series are here.