PeopleLink’s UHD Active Optical Cables For Next-gen AV Applications

When it comes to cabling, Active Optical Cables (AOC) uses optical fiber “between the connectors” but accepts the same electrical inputs as a conventional HDMI Extender. AOC uses electrical-to-optical conversion at the cable ends to boost the cable’s speed and range performance without compromising its ability to work with standard electrical connectors.

In simple words, to replace the HDMI Extender technology in data centers and high-performance computing (HPC) applications, Active Optical Cable (AOC) assemblies were developed.

AOC vs. Basic HDMI Extender Cable Technology:

HDMI Extender technology is being pushed to its limits by increasing data rates and the size of data center clusters. Conventional extender has a reach of only up to 50 meters at a Double Data Rate (DDR) of 20 Gigabits per second (Gbps).

For smaller clusters, this might be acceptable, but for bigger clusters, the physical link distance makes the cluster’s physical architecture a serious difficulty. For example, it is usual for designers to incorporate amplifiers, signal regenerators, or similar devices within a cable assembly because high-speed extender cable assemblies have natural bandwidth-distance constraints.

Benefits of Active Optical Cables:

Ultra-Superior Bandwidth
Boosts UHD 4K60 (4:4:4) with complete signal integrity, HDMI 2.0 and with complete signal integrity, HDMI 2.0 and with absolute signal integrity.

Elimination of Delays or Signal Loss
For 24/7 AV applications, active optical cables are perfect. They guarantee excellent performance and prompt signal transfer.

Simple Installation
Plug-and-play cable that is simple to navigate through confined places and around corners, it easily conceals today’s ultra-thin displays.

Consistent Performance
Take advantage of a steady signal transmission while other options fall short. Reduce electromagnetic noise and EMI/RFI interference, which reduce signal quality.

Market Trends & Statistics For Active Optical Cables:

According to Lucintel, with prospects in the data center, high-performance computing, consumer electronics, communications, and other applications, the active optical cable industry has a bright future. With a CAGR of 14.9% from 2021 to 2027, the global active optical cable market is anticipated to grow to an estimated $3.6 billion by that year.

Globally rising internet usage, advances in high-performance computers, and growing adoption of active optical connections in consumer electronics are the primary growth factors for this market.


Physically managing a huge datacenter is challenging due to the weight and bulk of copper cables. Additionally, the nature of electrical signals, copper’s functionality, and dependability are constrained by electromagnetic interference (EMI). These issues become much worse if you have a scaled-out high-performance cluster.

This is where PeopleLink’s Active Optical Cable assemblies fill the gap:

Our AOC Cables offer data transfer speed up to 18 Gbps through an active optical link to stretch across greater distances and feature high-quality USB moulded connectors. Following are some of the key features of our premium quality AOC Cables:

  • Up to 100m Max Length (Custom Length Available)
  • Support 4K@60Hz 4:4:4
  • Support 18Gbps bandwidth
  • Support HDCP1.4 & HDCP 2.2
  • Support HEC, CEC, EDID, HDR, ARC, 3D
  • Highly resistant to EMI and RFI
  • No external power supply
  • Plenum and CPR certified

PeopleLink’s Active Optical Cables are the best choice for professional AV setups when ultra-high bandwidth video needs to go over long distances:

  • PeopleLink’s Active Optical Cable eliminates the need to set up independent Receiver & Transmitter extenders’.
  • It uses a single integrated assembly of connector and cable that makes the AOC simple to install and maintain while also reducing the cost.
  • It is conceptually curated and comes with a sleek, easy-to-implement design.

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