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Cable Technology Feature Article

December 01, 2009

RedMere Debuts Self-Powered Embedded Cable Booster Module

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Smart active cable solutions provider, RedMere has reportedly unveiled new self-powered HDMI long-length embedded active cable booster module to its product set.

The newly released application utilizes RedMere's unique EyeWire technology for V1.3 and V1.4 HDMI high speed cables. The EyeWire technology enables active equalization functionality without requiring an external power source.

Cable designers can now utilize this packaged module to enhance the overall performance of HDMI cables to up to 40 meters for connecting applications running at high speeds. It also helps them to build reliable and interoperable longer length cables. A rise time accelerator is included in the module to compensate for DCC interoperability issues seen particularly in long cables due to high capacitance, according to the company.

Peter Smyth, RedMere CEO said that today’s hi-def installations, both in the home and in the office, often involve sources connected to displays which reside in different rooms, or long cable runs to ceiling-mounted projectors.
“With these longer runs come bulky cables, lower performance and reliability, and troublesome power requirements for boosters,” he added.
Additionally, the new self-powered module extends cable length up to 130 feet while ensuring the highest performance and guaranteed support for all HDMI data rates, Smyth said.

In addition, the new chip uses power harvesting techniques that is a fully tested to offer guaranteed performance over long distances. 

According to Ruud van der Linden, chief marketing officer of RedMere, the high end cable brands are already using RedMere’s leading-edge EyeWire chip technology in their active HDMI cables that allows the cables to become compact and lighter, matching the sleek appearance of the portable consumer electronics they connect.
“For this new active booster module, we see another real market demand – very long high speed HDMI cable,” Linden added.
The new compact module which fits inside the sink-side casing of an active HDMI cable assembly, are currently available for sampling and purchase.

Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire