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Corning | Optical Cable and USB 3 Optical Cable Will it Break if I Do This?

Corning shows us their optical cables as they pinch it, crimp it, twist it and extend it over 60 meters. They also show us their USB 3 Optical cable extending up to 50 meters as well as how to display 4k up to 60 meters from your Mac Pro.

<p> <a href="http://www.corning.com/opcomm/OpticalCablesbyCorning/#.VZdWxO1VhBc" target="_blank">Connect with Corning</a> </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: This is Noland with PostProduction.Com and we are here at the Corning booth at NAB 2015. We have Jaime, wanna make sure I’m pronouncing it right there. Jaime at the Corning booth, and you know what? Jaime, I gotta ask. What's up with this thing here? Mural? Because it's like a futuristic piece. </p> <p> <strong>Jaime Silva</strong>: It does look pretty futuristic. What we've done here is we've created this bendy wall demo. That's actual, live, working Thunderbolt cable the we're showing how robust and durable our product is. In fact, we have a BlackMagic camera over there that's what's plugged in to that 30 meters of optical cable by Corning, and it comes to this Mac Pro, and you can see the image right here on the screen. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Oh nice! </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: Yes. You have a little bouncing bee there. We thought that was a pretty good demo to show how reliable and durable our cable is because consumers were concerned because this is an optical glass fiber. With glass, it's gonna break. But that's not the case. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Let me ask you this, Jaime. In terms of crimping, pinching, all the stuff that happens in the wonderful world of production and post-production. I know you just said it's very durable, but, really, seriously can I crimp it, pinch it? What happens? </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: That's really great you asked because we have another demo... </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: You suckered me into it! </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: ...another demo here that takes it one step further. This demo here is showing... This is a visual fault locator. It's shining a light. I'm putting it through the actual cable and as you see, it comes out the other end. This block here... </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Is it OK if I pinch it? </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: Oh, yes. Pinch it. In post-production, you're concerned about getting it caught in a drawer or how durable is it? Roll a chair over, is it gonna break your optical cable, and the answer is no. This little demo here shows you that it's pretty durable and robust. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: As much as most people would like to think that their edit bay is clean and neat, who are we kidding? How many of you believe your booths are clean? Most of the booths look like that rat's nest there, and there's stuff going all over the place. I guess the big problem is, if something's up, you don't necessarily know what's up. So, durability is very important. These are way more durable than what you'd find in like a wired-solution, like a metallic type of thing or...? </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: The cable, as you know, Corning has been innovating for over 160 years in glass. With the material science that went into this optical glass, it's actually an 80 micron multi-mode fiber. So it's engineered from the ground up to be used in these types of applications for the durability and the robustness. </p> <p> And the size is what's important. To your point, it's so small that it keeps your desktop clutter free, or your work space clutter free, and it breaks that 3-meter Thunderbolt barrier that we have now with copper. So you can go up to 60-meters with optical cables like Corning Thunderbolt. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: I know people are probably wondering right now about price. I would expect that it's higher quality, you don't have to worry about pinching, bending, breaking. So it's gotta cost more, I'm assuming. Am I right on that? What's the price point on that? </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: To your point, the copper, you can only go 3 meters. So if you want to go longer than that, and in some cases, if you're on a server room, for instance, and you want to go from the Rack Thunderbolt to another Rack Thunderbolt product, you could take a copper and go straight across but then, you'd get a rat's nest of cables, so we make a 5.5-meter which is longer than a 3 meter for $179 to your point. But it let you go up and over the rack. You can keep your equipment looking neat and clean and well dressed out in the server room. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: I would think. I've spoken with you guys before. My initial thought was, "OK. If it did cost a little bit more, at least I'm not concerned so much about...Because I've had situations where some of my cable got all a little bit messed up, like this, and I couldn't figured out where was that little thing coming from. So with the durability of this, I would expect to have less interference, less chances of breakage and things of that nature, is that right? </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: Less downtime too, because when you do accidentally tie it in a knot, it's not going to shut your system down. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Right, yeah, yeah. Excellent. </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: With this show, we've been talking to quite a few people and I'd learned that in post-production, they like to put these expensive boxes in a locked, secure server room... </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: It's not a bad idea. </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: ...and run our 60-meter cable out to the desktop to where they have access to the KVM-type environment. For security reasons, you get everything secured in another location, which is one of the super value I learned at the show this week. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: That makes a heck of a lot of sense to me. Cool. </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: We also sell, I don't know if you knew, USB 3.Optical Cable. It's a USB 3 and backward compatible to USB 2. We have a demo here in fact showing a 30-meter cable connected to this MyBook to the Mac Book Pro. It's an extender cable, USB 3 and 2 backward compatible. For those other instances we might want to extend 5GB and the not the Thunderbolt 2 20 GB. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: And this goes up how far? </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: Up to 50 meters. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: 50 meters. Wow. </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: Copper is limited to about 3 to 5 depending... </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Wow. Very interesting. That's definitely cool. So, now, we're talking with some of the other people. You just opened up something in Japan, is that right? </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: We're now selling our Thunderbolt cable at apple.jn, I believe. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Probably .jp? </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: .Jp, thank you. Yup, we're in Japan with Thunderbolt and we've announced relaunched USB in Europe. So as well as Thunderbolt. We've had Thunderbolt in Europe for awhile. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Really? Awesome. Thanks for the overview. It's always intriguing to us. I love the little set up and how you have everything laid out like that, and that's a nice new addition there too. </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: Great. Did you want me to explain how this 4K image is being transmitted from the Mac Pro? It's kinda unique. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Yeah sure! Absolutely. </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: We are actually tunneling it over Thunderbolt. Some folks say, "Well, if I don't have Thunderbolt display, I can't use your cable." That's not true. In fact, I'm showing here. I've got this 30 meter of Thunderbolt cable, plugged into this LaCie storage drive, with our active optical cable. From there, it's just a display port cable. A standard mini display port cable plugged into this 4K monitor. So, remember. Thunderbolt is both data and display multiplexed over Thunderbolt channels. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: You have these here running from here. </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: Yes, the Mac Pro, and then finally tucks down to these little tunnels to keep things clean and neat like we'd talked about. From here it's a copper cable to this display. What this mean you can do is you can have this 4K display up to 60 meters away from your Mac Pro and you don't need a Thunderbolt enabled monitor. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: How does the keyboard go back to here? </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: Because I'm showing a hard drive, I would replace this with a, it's called a Thunderbolt dock. A lot of different manufacturers are making them. It has the ability to pull out, as USB 3 ports in the back, it's audio. So you'd replace the storage with a dock to get KVM capability as well. Right now, I'm actually just using the mouse back to the Mac Pro because it's right next to me. You would have to use a different Thunderbolt dock to do KVM. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: So you'd have your storage there. OK. Got it. Cool. Very interesting. Awesome. Well, Jamie, thanks again so much for your time. </p> <p> <strong>Jaime</strong>: Really appreciate it. Thank you for stopping by. </p> <p> <strong>PostProduction.Com</strong>: Yeah, absolutely. You got it. Enjoy the rest of the show.</p>

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