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Hall Research Introduces USB 3.0 Javelin Active Optical Cable

Features 5-volt regulator and USB 2.0 downward compatibility.

Hall Research has announced a new addition to its Javelin active optical cables (AOC) — the CUSB3V1-AP for extending USB 3.0. Available in lengths of 15, 30, and 50 meters, the CUSBV1-AP cables support transparent extension of USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen1) signals at data rates of up to 5 Gbps. The cables are downward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices when used with a PC host.

The new AOC cable is able to provide precise and regulated 5-volt power to the remote device. USB 3.0 specification doubles the amount of power that a USB host is required to provide. In the past, a challenging problem with long cables has been the drop in 5-volt power through the cable — especially with power hungry USB devices. The new Hall Research USB AOC cable boosts the 5-volt from the host to 12-volt, and then regulates the 12-volt back down to 5-volt at the device end.

CUSBV1-AP cables are compatible with virtually all USB 3.0 and 3.1 Gen1 devices. They also work with USB 2.0 or 1.1 (devices although this feature is only available for PCs running Windows).

The cable is a lightweight hybrid of optical fiber plus copper, and is plenum rated to ensure compliance with modern building codes. The small cable ends can be pulled through most conduits, and no additional power is required, making the CUSBV1-AP a true plug-and-play solution.

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