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Posted by: Bob Ferguson on February 03, 2017

There has been a lot of talk about convergence in the cabling world; some of this has been driven by new technology and market overlapping. Today’s integrator has the ability to install a system that covers phones, computers, security, audio/video and even low-voltage power.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on October 07, 2016

Who decided that the magic distance for video cables today is 100m (328 feet)? Isn’t that the distance limitation of data cables like Category 5e, 6 or 6A? How does that apply to video cable?

Most broadcast and video installations use data cables. In fact, some professionals say that these applications will eventually consist solely of data cables. Right now, many installations have a hybrid design with both data and coax cables, so maybe it makes sense that coax cable follow the same rule.

Five years ago, we decided to create the first cable designed specifically to carry signals up to 100m for 3G-SDI, 1794A. This was a slightly larger cable than 1694A. Even back then, we knew that the next step for video cables would involve 4K. But would 12G-SDI signal transmission over coax cable ever be possible? Most people said no...

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Blog Category: Broadcast AV

Posted by: on August 05, 2016

So you want to upgrade to a 4K system? There are several options when it comes to the type of signal your 4K system can send to display 4K images. To understand which option your AV application might require, it helps to understand what can make up a 4K image signal.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on January 20, 2015

Well, another year is over. During that year I wrote 29 blogs. Did you miss any? Were there some you meant to act on, but other things got in the way? Or maybe you meant to send me an email and yell at me about something I wrote (I love those emails). Here's the list of all my blogs from 2014. Each one is a link. Just click on it to go to that blog. And, of course, you can always send a comment in the form at the bottom or send me an email directly (steve.lampen@belden.com). And if you have an idea for something else I should write about, I love those emails too!

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on January 13, 2015

If you google the name "Lampen", one thing you get is all the light bulb manufacturers in Scandinavia. Around the year 1400 or so, my family moved from Saxony (or somewhere like that) to England, and we were lamp makers. My British grandfather spent his entire life trying to convince himself that our last name was not German. My British dad quietly gave up the mis-translation. Now a lamp in 1400 was little changed from the pot of oil with a wick in it which goes back to the dawn of time, but you would think that would have led me to work in the lighting industry. I remember going to CEBIT, one of the largest electronic tradeshows in the world, in Germany. This show is so big, the buildings are permanent. And one of these buildings was all the lighting equipment and fixtures. On the front of the building was the huge word "LAMPEN". So, of course I had someone take a picture of me in front of my building.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on January 06, 2015

Back in 1995, Belden brought out 1694A. It was an instant success. It was the first cable designed specifically for digital video. We won lots of awards at NAB and other shows for this cable. Of course, you can't use a cable without a connector, so in the months leading up to NAB we handed out rolls and rolls of the new cable to all our connector friends. Some people even doubted that anyone could make a BNC connector for this new cable. Back in the analog days, our mainstay was Belden 8281, the king of analog video. People loved it, even though it was a little stiff. As far as connectors went, the quarter-wavelength of analog video (4.2 MHz bandwidth for NTSC) was just under 18 metres (around 59 feet). Now a connector is way less than 59 feet, so it didn't matter what the impedance of that analog connector was. Any impedance was fine. It was then that a million broadcast engineers learned (or figured out) that the connectors they had been putting on the cable for almost 50 years were 50 ohm connectors - even though the cable was 75 ohms impedance.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on November 18, 2014

I spend a lot of time in the fancy cable section of Belden. These are cables for high-frequency applications, such as digital video coax, or 10-gigabit data cables. These cables all use bare copper conductors. On the other hand, if you look at the Belden catalog from the 50,000 foot view, you will see a whole lot of cables we make use tinned copper. If you're an ancient engineer or installer (like me) you came from a time when tinned copper conductors were pretty much everything. Products like 8451 and 9451 and almost any analog audio cables are all tinned copper. Go back to the coax cables from long ago, and many of them are tinned copper. So what happened? And why is Lampen bringing up this issue now? Very simple. Belden has brought out a line of cables that are all tinned copper.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on October 28, 2014

Last week I was in Hollywood at the SMPTE yearly shindig. I gave my ultimate paper (so far) on 4K Video over Coax. With 500 people in the room, it occurred to me as I began that I had the perfect group to find out some things. So I began by asking my audience a question. "If I could make a single coax that would run 4K video as far as you want, how many people would put that in?" I waited for a couple of seconds. Nothing happened. No hands went up. None! An article in the TV Technology website by Deborah McAdams the next day said there were hands that were 'tentatively' going up, but I couldn't see them.

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