Why Active Optical Cables are Poised to Take Over Pro A/V

As the popularity of active optical cables increases, Frank Graziano, CEO of Chromis Fiberoptics, discusses its origins and benefits as a key tool into signal distribution solutions. Over the past few years, data centers have transitioned from copper cables to active optical cables, which have allowed them to move larger amounts of data over longer distances. Now, integrators are using this technology as well.

Now the preferred medium of transmission in both the data center and AV world, active optical cables have proven themselves to be an important addition to an integrator’s tool kit. With this new technology, integrators and custom installers are able to provide the full experience of the original content using a truly simple solution.

“As the need to move more data over the same pipe, over longer distances gets more difficult, copper becomes less of a preferred medium for that transmission, “ said Frank Graziano, CEO of Chromis Fiberoptics. “What happened in data centers is copper is being displaced by active optical cables, that is now happening in AV. So it really is a technology that integrators and custom installers have to become familiar with.”

Not just serving as alternatives to high-speed signal distribution technologies, active optical cables also compliment the overall system. Unlike other alternatives that require encoding and decoding, active optical cables allow the video to go uncompressed from source to display. Chromis Fiberoptics also provide low power optical cables that are powered off of 5 Volts from the HDMI port instead of needing a power source from one or both ends of the link.

Similar looking to an HDMI cable, active optical cables may look the same externally, but contain sophisticated optoelectronics and optical fibers. Active optical cables offer integrators and custom installers a truly simple solution, without having to understand the ins and outs of the technology.