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Amphenol Launches High Speed HDMI Cables

Amphenol announced the newest iteration of its Ultra Series High-Speed Certified HDMI Cable through Cables on Demand, its exclusive online subsidiary.

According to the statement, Amphenol’s Ultra Series couples a die-cast connector platform with low-loss 26 AWG wire specifically optimized for the HDMI version 1.4 bandwidth requirement of 10.2 Gigabits per second.

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Amphenol Launches New Ultra Series High Speed HDMI 1.4 Cables at

The new HDMI 1.4 optimized Ultra Series HDMI Cable by Amphenol Cables on Demand supports the latest generation of HDMI High Speed features including 3D 1080p video and 4K cinema resolution; now available in 1m, 2m, 3m and 5m lengths at

Endicott, NY — July 29, 2010 — Amphenol, the world’s second largest manufacturer of interconnect products, officially launched the newest iteration of its Ultra Series High-Speed Certified HDMI Cable through Cables on Demand (, its exclusive online subsidiary. The Ultra Series represents the pinnacle of Amphenol’s HDMI Cable design methodology; coupling an advanced die-cast connector platform with low-loss 26 AWG wire specifically optimized for the HDMI version 1.4 bandwidth requirement of 10.2 Gigabits per second.

Amphenol’s extensive experience in the data cabling market proved essential to the development of the Ultra Series according to Nick Blas, Product Marketing Manager for Amphenol Cables on Demand. “HDMI is a 100% digital interface that splits up high-definition audio and video information into multiple data streams. These data streams must arrive at the television perfectly intact for the video and sound to display properly.” Mr. Blas noted that the design principles behind Amphenol’s successful portfolio of data cabling applies equally well to the data-intensive HDMI interface.

Perhaps the most critical design principle behind the Amphenol Ultra Series HDMI Cable involves the HDMI connector itself. Mr. Blas emphasized, “Most HDMI connectors consist of a thin two-piece clamshell encapsulated in plastic molding. This inferior design is highly susceptible to interference, signal drop-outs and wear; often resulting in the connector physically breaking off inside the TV’s HDMI port.” To combat these issues, the Ultra Series features Amphenol’s unique one-piece die-cast metal alloy HDMI connector design. Each die-cast connector is plated with 24K Gold for exceptional resilience.

The Amphenol Ultra Series HDMI Cable enjoys further performance gains through its use of 26 AWG OFC (Oxygen Free Copper) wire in a quad-shielded arrangement. The majority of HDMI cable manufacturers elect to use a 30 AWG wire configuration for cost considerations. “Our choice of 26 AWG wire is driven directly by the increased bandwidth requirements of HDMI 1.4 features like 3D 1080p video, which will push a typical 30 AWG HDMI cable to the limits of its 10.2 Gbit/s bandwidth capacity. 26 AWG wire is more resistant to signal loss and has been successfully used in Amphenol’s 20.0 Gbit/s rated DDR InfiniBand cables.” Mr. Blas believes the Ultra Series’ powerful wire and connector combination will make the cable more adaptable to future HDMI spec revisions.

Amphenol Ultra Series High-Speed Certified HDMI Cables support the latest HDMI 1.4 features and offer true reference-grade performance; meeting the demands of A/V enthusiasts and professional installers alike. Guaranteed to support all High-Speed HDMI Cable features found in the HDMI 1.3 CAT2 & HDMI 1.4 specs including 10.2 Gbit/s bandwidth, 4K Resolution (1080p X 4), 3D, Audio Return, xvYCC Deep Color, Dolby TruHD, DTS-HD, and a wide range of refresh rates such as 24Hz from 1080p BluRay/PS3 players as well as advanced 120Hz-480Hz LCD systems. Each Ultra Series HDMI Cable includes an integrated black nylon mesh cable jacket for improved wear resistance as well as a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Amphenol Ultra Series HDMI Cables can be purchased factory direct through the Cables on Demand Website or by calling the Toll Free Customer Service Center at 1-866-223-2860. 1m (3.3 ft), 2m (6.6 ft), 3m (9.8 ft), and 5m (16.4 ft) cable lengths are presently available. Prices range from $28.95 for the 1m (3.3 ft) version to $43.50 for the 5m (16.4 ft) version. For additional information on HDMI cable technology, Amphenol Cables on Demand has developed an exclusive HDMI Cable Guide (FAQ). This easy to understand online guide addresses 15 of the most common HDMI questions posed by prospective customers.

Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) is the second largest manufacturer of connectors and cables worldwide, comprised of over fifty industry-leading divisions including Times Fiber Communications, Times Microwave Systems, Teradyne Connection Systems, Amphenol Interconnect Products and Amphenol RF. Since 1934, Amphenol Engineers have designed innovative interconnect solutions such as the BNC and UHF connector series, SKEWCLEAR wire technology, and XCede backplane architecture.

Amphenol Cables on Demand, launched in 2006, is Amphenol’s first wholly owned subsidiary optimized for the distribution of Amphenol brand cable products online. Based in Endicott, NY, Cables on Demand offers same day shipping before 3:00PM Eastern on over 3,000 unique cable SKUs. The company’s high product mix supports a vast array of applications including Network, Broadcast, Test, Instrumentation, Audio/Video, Data Storage, Clustered Computers, Prototyping, Automation, Industrial Control, WiFi, Automotive and Avionics.