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Can your product make it? As with any cable interface product, specific electrical and mechanical cable standards are designed and written for every application whether it be carrying digital or analog signals. These standards are usually written with built-in tolerances “safety nets” granting manufacturers some “wiggle room” both with the cable assembly and the cable itself. As long as the standards are followed manufacturers should be able to simply follow the standard and earn a clear path to success for their production yields. They can be held to tight tolerances and will function exactly as designed with clear safety margins enhancing performance and reliability.

It Wasn’t That Easy!

It just hasn’t been a perfect world for the Digital Video wire and cable manufacturing segment for consumer electronics. Problems surfaced early on as Digital Video was released bringing to the table an abundance of interoperability problems that, over time, almost de-railed the technology raising serious questions about Digital Video’s very existence. It was the Plug and Pray Ultimatum.

Any time a new technology is released it is assumed there will always be certain operating bugs that must be identified and corrected, a natural occurrence with any new technological development. We are human and mistakes are made that can be excusable when dealing with these types of complex devices. As the industry moved into a total digital communication standard product features exploded bringing forth additional functional responsibilities and giving way to unexpected physical real-world interoperability failures with a large percentage of consumer video environments. These casualties will not be forgotten and most likely will live on for many years to come.

Unfortunately, with Digital Video, it just wasn’t that easy to correct unlike other types of interface products manufactured in the past. This large consumer sales segment forced a race to market by scores of manufacturers and brands introducing a multitude of different cable styles and technical offerings with price being the Achilles heel. Building these types of multi-element cables takes more time and money, unlike other cable devices. To expect these prices to match less expensive builds is ludicrous limiting cable performance and reliability not to mention current increased resolution limits and ongoing R&D investment. Why did this particular product category move so far off-center?

An Industrial Fugue with Limited Support

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.

How Does DPL Labs® Fit In?

DPL Labs combines both traditional laboratory test standards and a cable’s real performance in a true physical world environment. This process initiates a series of comparison arguments that stresses the cable’s true performance under typical operating conditions. Designated as DPL Labs® Augmentative Matrix ™, it provides a full complement of tests that forces every known failed circumstance uncovered by way of hundreds of case studies spearheaded by DPL Labs® since 2012 covering both current and past revisions. This was a massive achievement comparing real-world applications to typical design standards encapsulating definitive conclusions.

These test procedures have been in service for over a decade and have proven time and time again that it was not necessarily a Plug and Pray world after all. By following the original specification operating in today’s physical environment in both Frequency and Time Domain testing analysis a diplomatic test outcome can be realized.

In keeping up with the technology DPL Labs® has introduced its more recent test methodology in its 48G Reference Standard Program™. This new program initiates all of the additional standard requirements used under 8K and 10k transmissions. Available for both copper and optical cable devices, DPL Labs® 48G Reference Standard increases its test procedures to include not only 2K and 4K data rates but also adds 24G, 32G, 40G, and 48G that support 8K and 10K resolutions. In addition, active cable products are also subjected to additional testing for all DC conditions including power supply, current consumption, source notification, and line bias values.

Currently, video cable industry standards must pass as many as 20 individual tests however, to achieve the highest level of performance and reliability within Digital Video’s eco space DPL Labs® powerful Augmentative Matrix test process expanded these test assignments to as many as 76 to earn a DPL Labs® 48G Reference Standard certification label where:

Is it easy? No, if it were easy everyone would have the Label. Earning that Label announces to the world that your products have reached a level of performance that very few have achieved with customer satisfaction and P-O-M-G (Peace of Mind Guaranteed). There is nothing better than a DPL Labs® certified cable product.

With the most recent Digital Video offerings additional functions are utilized in the standard specific to cable performance. This process known as “Link Training” can help with reliability but can also hinder resolution reduction. DPL Labs® new True Image stress testing allows a cable to guarantee its advertised resolution capabilities without the threat of requiring the systems Link Training process to even occur polluting expected performance levels.

Add to this a required multimedia Radiated Emission Standard CISPR 32 is subjected to each cable device guaranteeing a clean non-emitting transmission line. This protects all adjacent signal lines within the cable operating environment and ensures that your products have been tested with these emission standards and can be imported into countries that require radiated emission certification.

Totally automated, DPL Labs® customized Frequency and Time Domain instrumentation can examine and report all functions at the same time reducing time and costs. These reports itemize each test function providing a pathological study for each cable tested. From tests that are seldom seen such as “Cross Over Symmetry” to the limited but meaningful S Parameters Insertion Loss measurement’s DPL Labs® 48G Reference Standard yet again breaks through all expected barriers in conformity earning its World Class Status.

Earning the Mark announces to the world that your product belongs to an elite group of companies that provides the best performance and long-term reliability found in the world today.

Not every company can earn this accomplishment which means that your products stand out among the countless other brands that have little or nothing to realistically claim. Earning the DPL Labs® Certified Label takes you out of the vast commodity of cable brands to an unprecedented competitive audience reducing your competition to a mere fraction of the norm which gets your company more exposure and positioned in an elite congregation of established brands.

With the fear of Digital Videos’ historical reliability problems, wearing the DPL Labs® certified Label assures Dealers, Integrators, and consumers a product they can depend on with guaranteed Peace of Mind making your products more valuable than any other product available.

DPL Labs® 48G References Standard has been designed to be the most cost-effective test verification currently available. This means reduced certification costs with far more quality than your competition making your company’s products far more attractive.

Tight Resources Means Relying on Overseas Factories for Engineering. For many product brands, engineering budgets have become so tight that companies end up having to rely on the actual overseas manufacturer for the bulk of the engineering of their products. This often means you don’t have the whole story of the products you are selling.

DPL Labs® world-class digital engineering laboratory tests your products and provides you with a comprehensive report completely detailing the performance of your products. You can then use this information to specifically direct your factories to design a better product!

For over a decade, DPL Labs has applauded wire and cable companies that have achieved DPL Labs® World Class Digital Video test certifications. Each DPL Labs® member owns a position in the Elite Product Circle that most of your competitors cannot participate in. It is a triumphant achievement that every member is proud of and can say:

Only the Best Pass the Test!