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March 12, 2018
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BizLink Extends USB 3.1 Range up to 5 Meters and 10Gbit/sec with Powered USB Type-C Cable

BizLink, a global leader in interconnect solutions, is proud to announce the release of a new, more capable USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Active Cable. This innovative powered cable can achieve speeds of up to 10Gbit/s and can be as long as five meters (16.4 feet) — providing far better performance than other cables. The cable incorporates advanced re-driving and re-timing electronics to maintain a smooth, high-speed signal over long distances.

10Gbit/s active cable: longer and faster

Other USB 3.1 cables, of the Gen 1 type, are limited to data transfer rates under 5Gbit/s. Meanwhile, Gen 1 cables cannot provide enough bandwidth for the highest quality images. In addition, Gen 1 Type-C passive cables cannot exceed two meters in length. With the need for faster data transfer speeds of up to 10GB per second, Gen 2 cables are much sought after. Unfortunately, Gen 2 passive cables suffer signal and speed loss over distances of more than one meter (three feet), but many applications require longer cables. For example, monitors need cables at least 1.8 meters (5.9 feet) long.

The new BizLink powered USB 3.1 Gen 2 cable conquers these challenges. BizLink’s R&D engineering team chose the most suitable IC components and PCB material for high-speed applications such as this active cable. In order to ensure high-speed performance, they designed the paddle card to control the impedance of the high-speed traces and first simulated the cable with electromagnetic wave tools. BizLink’s R&D team created protocols and firmware, and conducted many internal compatibility tests to ensure the functionality of the cable. The cable can be far longer than passive Gen 2 cables, making it suitable for applications such as VR and video monitors and for environments where a television, monitor or projector is far from its host device.

With the continued demand for better performance from console platforms, the need for 4K, and even 8K visual performance is growing. The need to transfer larger and larger amounts of visual and gaming data through cables will continue as games deliver higher quality graphics, audios, and videos. The Nintendo Switch is already using USB Type-C cables, and it will be no surprise if more devices include USB Type-C cables.

How Redrivers and Retimers make a 5m 10Gbit/s cable possible

USB 3.1 Gen 2 devices and cables suffer from signal degradation as the signal travels through PCB traces, switches, connectors, and cables, so it is often necessary to embed a signal conditioner inside an active switch. The built-in redriving and retiming paddle card of BizLink’s active cable preserves signal integrity. BizLink is pioneering the design of advanced signal enhancement integrated into the cable. The cable also features signal strength integrity to prevent signal interference from other radiating sources.

A redriver consists of a receiver and a transmitter that boost, equalize, and condition the signal as it passes through the cable from the receiver side to the transmitter side. The redriver provides compensation and stabilization for input channel loss. Retimers are critical to ensure the best possible signal condition no matter the trace length, cable length, or plug orientation — and they also reduce power usage. As well as range and high-speed performance, BizLink USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C active cables can also prevent signal reflection and are compatible with all major platforms, including iOS and Windows.

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BizLink's Innovative USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Active Cable

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The built-in redriving and retiming paddle card of BizLink’s active cable preserves signal integrity.

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Compatible with all major platforms, including iOS and Windows





About BizLink

BizLink, founded in 1996, is headquartered in Silicon Valley, USA. Our mission is to make interconnection easier and to become the leading global interconnect solution supplier. We support industries that are environmentally conscious and improve quality of life through providing essential components, wire harnesses, and cables to a wide variety of industries such as IT and CE, motor vehicle, electrical appliances, medical equipment, industrial, optical fiber communication, and solar. Our fully vertically integrated business model includes manufacturing sites in the United States, Mexico, Slovakia, Serbia, China, and Malaysia. BizLink incorporates state-of-the-art facilities, advanced manufacturing processes, and professional research and development capabilities. Our global R&D and service teams in America, Europe, and Asia strive to keep collaborating closely with customers to turn their innovative designs into reality. For more information please refer to: www.bizlinktech.com 

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