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New Black Box Active Optical Cables Simplify Extension of UHD Video and Audio

AOC for AV applications

New Cable Range Installs Easily, Supports Extension of HDMI up to 4K60 and DisplayPort up to 8K60 Across 200+ Meters

PITTSBURGH — March 18, 2019 — Black Box Corporation of Pennsylvania (“Black Box”), an industry-leading provider of pro AV connectivity and signal distribution systems, today introduced its Active Optical Cable product range, which enables flawless transmission of ultra-high bandwidth video and audio. With just one easy-to-install cable, users can extend HDMI signals with resolutions up to 4K @ 60 Hz 4:4:4 and DisplayPort signals with resolutions up to 8K @ 60 Hz 4:4:4 more than 200 meters.

“Our new Active Optical Cable range provides a simple, time-saving alternative to bulky HDMI/DP cables or costly AV extender kits that add another level of complexity in deployment and maintenance in high-density installations,” said David Muzinic, product manager at Black Box. “With this addition to our pro AV solution offerings, users can guarantee UHD video and the highest quality digital audio at an attractive price point.”

Designed to ensure ultra-high video quality without compromise, the new cables are an ideal solution for digital signage, control room, surveillance system, medical optical imaging, and video wall applications, as well as for video extension for meeting rooms, home cinemas, and VR systems. Black Box Active Optical Cables support HDMI: full 4K UHD resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 at 60 Hz, chroma 4:4:4 with up to 18 Gbps bandwidth; and DisplayPort: full 8K UHD resolutions up to 7680 x 4320 at 60 Hz or 32.4 Gbps.

In addition, supporting the full feature set of the HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 specifications, the cables provide immersive audio, including PCM 8-channel, DTS-HD, and Dolby Digital True HD surround sound along with the video signals. The cables’ hybrid fiber/copper design allows power to be pulled from the source and transmitted over copper to the display side, with no external power required.

“With video resolutions increasing to 8K and beyond, copper cables will become bulkier and extenders more expensive,” added Muzinic. “In many environments, our Active Optical Cable range will be the preferred choice.”

Easy to install and engineered for reliability, the new Active Optical Cables from Black Box are an optimal choice for installers working in the transportation, retail, government, broadcast, healthcare, corporate, and education sectors. The cables’ lightweight, ultra-thin (0.48-millimeter) fiber optic design is easy to pull through tight spaces, and their impressive bend radius allows for easy navigation around corners. The fiber optic design and triple shielding of the fiber together ensure flawless transmission with ultra-high immunity to EMI and RFI.

Available in standard lengths of 10, 15, and 30 meters (box) and 50 or 100 meters (spool), the hot swappable Active Optical Cables from Black Box require no software and are compatible with third-party equipment, including displays and video switches, as well as with Black Box video wall controllers, media players, and high-performance KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) systems, AV switches, and AV splitters.

More information about Black Box Active Optical Cables is available at

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About Black Box

Black Box delivers award-winning products and services that simplify signal management and distribution in IT and communication systems. We engineer and manufacture KVM and audio/video systems that connect users with PCs and servers, desktops, and peripherals, ensuring smart, flexible access to critical IT assets, data, and content. For government, education, and commercial organizations of all sizes, we design and supply secure infrastructure solutions for control rooms, conference and collaboration facilities, and digital signage. With four decades of experience, as well as a global presence and an extensive team of technical experts, we provide the products, solutions, service, and support that allow our clients to connect with their colleagues, their customers, and the world.

To learn more, visit the Black Box website at and follow us on Twitter @BlackboxEMEA.

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