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Corning Cable Systems to introduce optical cables for consumer electronics
[January 09, 2013]

Corning Cable Systems to introduce optical cables for consumer electronics

Jan 09, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Corning Cable Systems LLC, part of Corning Incorporated's telecommunications segment, has announced that it will introduce optical cables designed for use with consumer electronics.

The cables are compatible with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0, two fast computer and peripheral connectivity protocols. With copper connectivity at its length limits and new applications driving increased bandwidth usage, users are demanding for longer cables. USB 3.Optical and Thunderbolt Optical Cables by Corning extend the data transmission range past the length limits of copper-based cables. Optical Cables by Corning are longer, 50% smaller, 80% lighter, and still stronger than comparable copper cables, the company said.

"Users can create, move and manage their data in a much more flexible, efficient and durable manner with this new technology. Video can be live edited from across a football field; a music library can be downloaded 40% faster; and devices can be quickly accessed and connected with this much smaller and lighter cable when the capabilities of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth just aren't enough." said Mike Bell, senior vice president and general manager, Optical Connectivity Solutions. "We are very excited about bringing these advancements to consumer connectivity applications." USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning can reach lengths of up to 30 meters, and Thunderbolt Optical Cables by Corning can reach lengths up to 100 meters. The light weight and flexibility of the cables also make them easy to route in the work space and convenient to pack and transport. The different cable design and Corning ClearCurve VSDN optical fiber allow the glass-based Optical Cables by Corning to be as durable as comparable copper cables, the company added.

The Optical Thunderbolt Cables provide a dual channel, bi-directional 10 Gb/s data rate with data and video on a single cable, allowing the transfer of a full HD movie in fewer than 30 seconds. The 'zero-bend' radius cable has an electrically isolated noise-reducing design, can 'daisy-chain' up to six Thunderbolt devices at the same time, and is 'hot swappable,' meaning it can be attached and removed without interruption to the system, the company concluded.


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