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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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Pakedge Intros Fibre Optic Cables

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PakedgePakedge Device & Software launches an own fibre optic cable brand for residential and commercial AV projects, one designed specifically to work with the company's routers, switches and GBICs.

The cables should optimise network performance by providing an improved AV experience for the end-user, with less electromagnetic interference, greater speed capabilities (up to 10Gbps), greater bandwidth, greater durability, less signal degradation, elimination of heat dissipation and less transmission power.

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Hosa Simplifies Audio Connections

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Hosa Technology launches a means for easier interfacing of consumer products with professional equipment-- the Hosa Pro cable line and the Hosa Pro Breakouts.

Pro BreakoutsAccording to the company the Hosa Pro Breakouts allow customers to seamlessly interface any consumer audio product equipped with a stereo minijack output with professional units sporting quarter-inch Tip/Sleeve, XLR or even RCA connectors.

Breakouts are available in 3 configurations-- the HMR-000Y series 3.5mm TRS (tip/ring/sleeve) to dual RCA option (ideal for DJ mixers and home strew systems), the HMP-000Y series 3.5mm TRS to dual 1/4-inch TS (tip/sleeve) breakout (can be plugged into patch bays or mixer phone inputs) and the HMX-000Y series 3.5mm TRS to dual XLR3M breakout (for connecting into discrete channels on professional mixers).

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DisplayPort Cables With 4K/60Hz Support

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The DVIGear High Resolution DisplayPort copper cables transport DisplayPort signals at bit rates of up to 21.6Gbps over lengths of up to over 15m, with support for uncompressed DisplayPort resolutions up to 4096x2160/60Hz.

DVIGear cableCopper cables carrying high resolution DisplayPort cables over long distances must overcome several challenges, such as insertion loss, differential skew and jitter. Insertion loss is caused by cable capacitance acting as a low-pass filter, blocking higher frequency signal components. Skew occurs when differential DisplayPort signals get delayed and become out of phase when passing over a lang cable.

Both factors increase digital jitter, which worsens with higher resolutions, higher bit rates and longer cable distances.

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