The consumer electronics industry is divided into a host of segments supporting specific categories. With that comes a focus and energy devoted to a specific area like wire and cable products that, by overlapping over time, a solid historical proficiency takes place. The goal for all wire and cable associated products is to provide a level of connectivity that allows companion products such as displays, set-top boxes, distribution systems, and countless accessories all to work in harmony and perform as designed.
A vast majority of hardware and cable products introduced unique characteristics that could set each producer apart from competing products, a kind of technical flare, flaunting a wide customer base. These can be as subtle as outer jacket design cosmetics or substantial differences in material such as copper, silver, and gold, along with other specific design attributes claiming a more robust performance. These features can add or subtract from the products’ real-world performance. In some cases, this can be very effective but needs to be proven by way of some form of comparison to its expected increased performance. This can be accomplished by understanding what the intended expected goals are and running a series of test evaluations to prove the design. It is all doable and should always be compared against the current industry standard.
These uniquenesses can be very effective and can also cause negative byproducts that were not expected. Small details such as wire topology, sub-wire positioning within a cable, wire dielectrics, and gauge effectiveness can all have a direct relationship with the cable’s performance both negatively and positively. As an example, since these cables have as many as 19 different wires making up the cable itself flexibility can suffer. To improve these manufacturers may opt to decrease some or all wire gauge sizes offering a more supple feel and easier installation. However, negative effects can occur with one or all functions hindering the cable’s performance and reliability. This is just one of scores of examples discovered throughout the research period. Hence, performance and verification testing to the standard is advocated.