Celerity intros fibre optic Control Box and wall plates

posted on Wednesday, 2nd April 2014 by Steve May

RGB Communications  HDMI 

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High performance long-distance signal management using fibre optic cable has taken a significant step forward with the introduction of two new Fibre Optic Gateway (FOG) devices from Celerity Technologies. Having shaken up the market with long distance fibre optic HDMI, a new FOG Control Box (CB), pictured above,  and single gang Decora wall plates (WP) add Ethernet, RS232 and two-way IR to the mix, along with support for 4K/60Hz Ultra High Definition. Distribution is via RGB Communications.

The FOG Control Box transmitter and receiver are small enough to be installed in equipment racks or behind TVs (adjustable mounting brackets are included in the box), while the wall plates require only 1-inch mounting depth,  providing integrators with an architectural alternative to in-wall boxes. Both FOG CB and WP transmitters and receivers are interchangeable.

Cable Connector

"The impact of this technology for both commercial and residential installations cannot be underestimated" says David Webster, CTO at RGB Communications. "Historically separate transmitter and receiver boxes were needed with fibre optic cables to transport HDMI signals. Celerity Technologies have all the electronics built in to the cable. With up to 16Mbs bandwidth Celerity can also deliver true 4K over a 300m cable run, a significant improvement on the 100m limitation of HDBaseT technology. It's truly ground breaking". Webster describes the Celerity FOG proposition as "the most future-ready HDMI distribution solution that we know of."

FOG Spool

Fibre optic Gateway cable is sold separately from the transmitters and receivers. It's available in lengths up to 1000 feet, is plenum rated and requires no terminations. A mini-digital connector at each end securely connects to the FOG hardware.

"We've listened to our customers and they have asked for a Celerity Fibre Optic solution for HDMI and multiple control signals over a single fibre. Our Fibre Optic Gateway delivers that experience in two formats, a small footprint component and single gang wall plate," says Buzz Delano of Celerity.

In addition to two-way component control, the cables also support USB HID signals, a common connection for interactive applications for touchscreens and projectors. Such versatility allows AV professionals to prewire each run with a single FOG cable from the source to display location, says Celerity's Buzz Delano. "Our strategy is to continue to support the best video performance over a single fibre and support multiple control signals with our simple two-step installation process," he adds. "Fibre is the best solution for this and when applied to our technology, professional AV companies can install extremely fast and reliable high definition connections."

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Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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