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Lightware Unveils New USB–C Extender Active Optical Cables

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Lightware Visual Engineering has unveiled two new USB–C extender Active Optical Cables in 8- and 10-metre lengths, the CAB-USBC-AOC800K and the CAB-USBC-AOC1000K, that will provide impressive new flexibility to AV installations.

The cables are compatible with all major operating systems and support USB 3 Gen2 10Gbps 'SuperSpeed', making them ideal for high-speed data transfer use cases such as 4K webcam use and transfer to and from SSD storage. They come equipped with a Screw Lock USB-C plug that ensures a secure connection to the Lightware's market leading Taurus UCX universal matrix switcher and prevents accidental disconnections during operation. Both cables also feature a 2-lane DisplayPort 1.4 Alt Mode that supports high-resolution video output up to 4K30Hz@HBR2 allowing users to enjoy sharp and vivid visuals with exceptional clarity and detail, and offer a minimum 60W / 3A charging capacity allowing for fast charging of laptops, tablets, and phones. The cables are equipped with eMarker chip, which records data speed and highest amperage.

"These cables are state-of-the-art, and provide users with the reliability, build-quality and technical parameters that make this accessory our number one choice for projects involving USB-C connectivity," commented Tamás Kodori, Product Manager, Lightware Visual Engineering.

Lightware's 1-5 metres long Full featured USB-C cables also meet all five of the criteria the company has established for ensuring top-of-the-range connectivity, namely USB 2.0 enumeration, USB 3.x enumeration, power delivery, DisplayPort Alt mode, and Ethernet support.

"When it comes to checking the quality of USB–C cables, we encourage our customers to look for a few key features," stated Kodori. "First, make sure that the cables are certified, which ensures that they meet the highest standards for performance and safety. Second, look for versatility and that they can be used for a wide range of applications, including charging or delivering video and audio signals. Lastly, quality is critical. Our cables are made using high-quality materials and feature precision-engineered connectors that ensure a secure and stable connection, which is precisely what the industry needs as it turns to USB-C increasingly to push the boundaries on AV installs."

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