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DVDO Intros iScan Micro

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DVDO iScan MicroDVDO announces the iScan Micro-- a cable-dongle accessory able to convert SD and HD video signals up to 4K @ 60Hz via the company's VRS ClearView technology.

It also features a “studio-grade 4K Ultra HD adaptive scaling engine,” as well as other noise reduction and picture enhancement technologies, all in an HDMI-compatible form factor small enough to hide behind an existing TV.

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The £500 Mains Power Cable

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Are your customers willing to pay £500 for a mains power cable? The Chord Company believes some might do exactly that as it launches the Signature ARAY, a power cable promising "something really special."

Chord companyHow special? The cable features a high-density braided shield, a heavy-gauge foil shield and proprietary ARAY conductor technology, while the custom-made plug carries silver-plated pins, a cover complete with mechanical damping and "very secure" terminals.

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FSR Improves DR Cables

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Digital Ribbon cableFSR adds multiple Aramid reinforcing cords to the assembly of its Digital Ribbon (DR) cable family, increasing the pull strength specification of the cable from the earlier 9kg rating to 18kg.

As a result the DR cable family is now one of the most robust optical HDMI cable on the market. In addition the company uses proprietary technology for high speed, high definition HDMI signal transmission over distances of up to 99m at speeds of 10.2Gbps video bandwidth, and can easily handle 1080p HD, 3D, deep color, HDMI-CEC, HDCP and most newer high resolution formats.

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Rack Cooling Gear from Future Automation

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Future Automation launches an air-cooled racking equipment range-- Smart Airflow Control, a product trio designed to regulate and improve the airflow around racked AV equipment or through confined cabinets.

Smart Airflow ControlThe range consists of the SAC-T 19-inch rack compatible fan tray, and the SAC-U1 and SAC-U2 cabinet-mountable regulators. All are RS232 programmable, and an externally mounted temperature sensor controls status and fan speed.

In addition the cooling fans feature vibration isolating rubber mounts for near silent operation.

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Wireless Charging, in Ikea Furniture

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Swedish furniture maker Ikea makes a surprise Mobile World Congress 2015 appearance, where it launches a portfolio of bedside tables, lamps and desks featuring built-in Qi wireless charging.

Ikea chargingDesigned by David Wahl, the furniture promises to eliminate cable clutter by charging any smartphone with Qi wireless charging support. In addition the company also offers a standalone Qi chargers customers can integrate into current (Ikea, obviously) furniture with a spot of drilling.

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MiraDeed Releases HDMI 2.0 Fiber-Optic Cable

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MiraDeedMiraDeed Technology Co. (Taiwan) releases a HDMI 2.0 fiber-optic cable (MD6902002) cable to send 4K-UHD/60p signals, calling it “world’s lowest power HDMI AOC.”

This HDMI Active Optical Cable (AOC) claims a transmission distance of up to150 meters over optical fiber. It helps conquer problems with the higher copper power, electromagnetic interference (EMI), limited transmission distances and other technical issues.

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Crestron Ships DM Ultra Cable

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Crestron ships the latest addition to the DM 3.0 product family-- the DM Ultra Cable, a plenum-rated CAT7a shielded twisted cable promising "optimum" 10 gigabit ethernet performance.

Crestron cableAccording to the company the cable delivers error-free 4K HDMI signals via HDBaseT for up to 100m (regular CAT5e cables only transmit 4K video up to 50m), exceeding HDMI specifications allowing for less than 1 pixel per billion for HDBaseT distribution of 4K content up to 100m.

DM-CONN-20 connectors simplify installation, with no tools or crimping required.

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