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ARCHIVE: A New Cable Standard on the Horizon

The Luxtera (C1744) booth was a mob scene. Back in January, at CES, the company annouced its DisplayPort optical active interconnect long-reach cable for home and digital signage applications. At the core of the cable is Silicon CMOS Photonic technology—a chip the size of postage stamp. The company had a very compelling presentation, comparing the one Display Port cable to the large piles of the VGA, DVI, and HDMI cables. Size (smaller in this case) really does matter.

According to the company’s presentation, DisplayPort is the next-generation industry digital video standard. Eileen Robarge, director of marketing, was on hand to tell me just what the standard is and what it can do. Here’s the rundown:

  • Allows video, audio, and control in a single cable
  • Reaches 300 meters
  • Transports video data rates of 1.62Gbps to 10.8Gbps
  • Full high-bandwidth uncompressed video to WQXGA at 60Hz and 24-bit color
  • Low-cost single-mode fiber
  • HDCP compliant
  • Eye safe
  • Meets application standards for digital signage, projection systems, digital home, broadcasting, medical imaging, military imaging, office, and enterprise systems.

Here at InfoComm, the company announced its collaboration with the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) to further the development of the Monitor Control Command Set (MCCS). Although the comparison between VGA, DVI, and HDMI was compelling. Is the industry ready to embrace yet another standard? The arguments will be less copper used to manufacturer the cable (uses a copper cable for short reach) and the HDMI inherent lose connectors that disconnect easily. Robarge says products will begin rolling out that support the new standard, but the company is currently shipping an adaptor.

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