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Argosy’s Hyperflex resolves SMPTE cables prone to voltage leaks

Argosy, an international supplier of broadcast and AV cables and infrastructure products, has launched Hyperflex, a new design of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) camera cables and associated products for HD and 4K/Ultra HD (UHD).

The fibres and copper are robust, and are enclosed in an outer jacket made of a polyurethane rubberised compound, providing resilience and resistance to damage. Particularly, the flexible Hyperflex cable is designed to address the issue that other SMPTE cables sustain voltage leaks due to even slight damage to the copper conductors, resulting in the CCU (camera control unit) failing to connect to the camera. 

“SMPTE cables, inherently, have a definite lifecycle,” Josh Simons, Technical Director at Argosy, explained. “Our customers told us that replacing cables was a significant ongoing operational expense, and asked us to look at extending the working life of a camera cable.

“Working with our key supplier Draka, that is what we have achieved.” 

In addition to cables that are available in any length to suit the user, Argosy also supplies a number of accessories such as splice trays for outside broadcast trucks, and wall boxes. “Compared to making repairs to fibres on the truck tailboard, which is very complex, with our splice trays a user can swap out a damaged end in 10 minutes,” Simons added.

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