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Corning Rolls Out USB 3.0 Optical Cables

Corning Incorporated announced its new line of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 optical cables.

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Corning Announces Availability of USB 3.Optical™ Cables by Corning

CORNING, N.Y., April 15, 2014 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced the availability of its USB 3.Optical™ Cables by Corning, capable of sending up to 5 gigabits per second of data at distances up to 30 meters.

Compatible with most USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices*, USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning quickly and easily extend data transmission beyond the 3-meter limitation of comparable copper cable.

Optical Cables by Corning were introduced in January 2013 and are now available for sale through select consumer electronic retail channels.

Enabled by Corning® ClearCurve® VSDN® optical fiber, the USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning are up to 50 percent thinner and up to 80 percent lighter than comparable copper cables, qualities that enable convenient transport. With a “zero-bend” radius, they can withstand bending, squeezing, and tangling without damage or loss of function, making them ideal for routing through the harsh environment of a crowded workspace.

“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.”

USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning are ideal for connecting today’s USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices, including digital cameras and camcorders; storage drives; digital signage and point-of-sale systems at retail locations; zero-client computing; smart boards in educational institutions; and remote consoles in healthcare and industrial automation settings.

“Our cables aren’t just for the creative community,” Deutsch said. “There are a host of commercial applications that can benefit from the increased length, strength and flexibility of USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning.”

“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.”

USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning currently come in lengths of 10 meters with “A-to-receptacle-A” connectors for maximum flexibility to connect devices with different USB connector form factors, such as B or Micro B with short adapters. They are now available online through Accu-Tech ( and Amazon (, starting at $129. They will also be available in cable lengths of 15 and 30 meters later this year.

*This cable is designed to be compatible with devices using USB 3.0 and 2.0 interfaces, however, the USB-IF has not yet developed a specification for optical fiber transmission.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.