RedMere to unveil world’s first self-powered HDMI cable booster

30 Nov 2009

Dublin-based fab-less chip firm RedMere will introduce the first self-powered HDMI long-length embedded active cable booster module to its product set at the world renowned Consumer Electronics Show 2010 in January.

This fully packaged module is suitable for boosting the performance of HDMI cables to up to 40 meters for connecting applications running at high speeds.

The module enables cable designers to create reliable and interoperable longer length cables. A rise time accelerator is included in the module to compensate for DCC interoperability issues seen particularly in long cables due to high capacitance.  

“Today’s hi-def installations, both in the home and in the office, often involve sources connected to displays which reside in different rooms, or long cable runs to ceiling-mounted projectors,” said Peter Smyth, RedMere CEO.

“With these longer runs come bulky cables, lower performance and reliability, and troublesome power requirements for boosters. RedMere’s new self-powered module extends cable length up to 40 meters (130 feet) while ensuring the highest performance and guaranteed support for all HDMI data rates”, Smyth said.

The module uses RedMere’s unique EyeWire technology for V1.3 and V1.4 HDMI high speed cables. 

The cables embed signal processing technology directly into the cable structure to improve bandwidth performance. This chip also adopts innovative power harvesting techniques.

This is a fully tested solution which guarantees performance over long distances.  The product is a completed module, ready to integrate into the sink end of the cable.

CMO of RedMere, Ruud van der Linden noted: “High end cable brands are already using RedMere’s leading-edge EyeWire chip technology in their active HDMI cables. This chip allows the cables to become compact and lighter, matching the sleek appearance of the portable consumer electronics they connect.

“For this new active booster module, we see another real market demand – very long high speed HDMI cables.”

RedMere enables easy to use, high quality, smart connectivity for The Home, On the Move and The Office. These new active cable systems deliver the ultimate in compact digital connectivity over HDMI, DisplayPort and USB for video and still cameras, smart phones, HDTV, Blu-Ray DVD, PS3 and Xbox 360, as well as enterprise solutions using Infiniband and PCI Express.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years