Corning, the same people who make the popular Gorilla Glass front to many of today’s mobile handsets, have today announced the availability of their latest USB 3.Optical cables which allow USB devices to be connected at far greater distances than with a traditional copper based alternative.
Using the latest fibre optic technology the 3.Optical cable connects just as normal via a standard USB2.0 or 3.0 port, but instead of having copper wire running between the two terminals, an optical cable is used instead and this means that the standard limitation of 3 metres from point-to-point is nor longer a worry nor a restriction with distances of up to 30m easily achievable.
Since their introduction in the early stages of last year, Corning have been developing the cables with thinner and lighter designs being introduced and thanks to the of their ClearCurve VSDN fibre, they are able to withstands a “zero-bend” radius which allows the to withstand a lot of punishment such as being squeezed and tangled with out damage or loss of connectivity.
“With longer, thinner, and lighter cables, USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning give users the freedom to max out data connection speeds for a more enjoyable creative workflow,” said Bernhard Deutsch, vice president, product line management, Optical Connectivity Solutions for Corning Optical Communications. “Imagine having your computer at your workstation and the whir of back-up hard drives, printers, and other noisy peripherals in an entirely different room – and still benefiting from unbelievable transmission speeds.”
With many of todays external devices utilising the humble USB connection, the USB 3.Optical cables are ideal for a whole multitude of operations and scenarios, whether it be in the home, or in a commercial setting such as an office or bar.
“For example, restaurants can connect order-entry stations to USB-equipped printers located in both the bar and kitchen areas. The system then splits out the orders, printing food tickets in the kitchen and drink orders at the bar, resulting in faster service and happier customers.”
Currently the cables are only available in 10m lengths with “A-to-receptacle-A” terminals on either end (in other words they are just like a USB extension cable, but this means that they will work with any form of USB terminal when a short connecting cable is used. Priced at around $129, stock is available through the US Amazon store and Accu-Tech with more suppliers appearing in the future, along with 15 and 30m lengths also appearing on the shelves later this year.
Source: Press Release