What is Redmere?
What is Redmere?
Jared Norman | Aug 15, 2013
RedHead HDMI cables with Redmere are a thin, attractive alternative to traditional HDMI cables. At Sewell we are excited about the new possibilities this cable offers. Learn more about how RedHead HDMI cables use Redmere Technology to prove that bigger isn’t always better.
What is Redmere Technology?
It’s amazing to see how much TVs have changed over the past few years. Not long ago buying a big screen TV involved a huge, bulky box that weighed about a gajillion pounds. Modern HDTVs and Projectors have thankfully made screens much thinner, lighter, and more attractive. But, all of the benefits of modern home theater systems come with a downside: cables. If you have even a modestly sized home theater system you probably have more cables plugged into things than you ever thought possible. And they’re huge! For long cable runs you need a heavily shielded 22 AWG HDMI cable, and even then you’ll probably need a repeater. Computers are getting thinner, TVs are getting thinner, DVD players are getting thinner, all our technology is getting thinner…except, apparently, cables. They seem to be getting thicker. What’s the deal?
Thinner is Better
Thanks to Redmere technology we can start to change all of that. Cables with Redmere technology are thin. Very thin. Super thin. They’re only about 25% the size of regular HDMI cables, which when you think about it, is pretty incredible.
You can bend these cables a full 180 degrees in only ¾ in. Let’s see you do that with those gigantor cables behind your TV right now.
Thin cable is also a huge step forward now that we use HDMI cable with so many of our portable devices. At lengths of up to 15 feet a cable using Redmere technology is about the same size as the cable for your iPhone. Finally, a cable that offers a practical solution for connecting all of our portable devices together.
As with all cables, HDMI cables can only go so far without losing signal quality. For the best signal quality, it’s recommended to use an extender or active HDMI cable for any cable run longer than about 40-50 feet. RedHead cables use a special chipset to make the signal go farther without compromising signal quality. In fact, RedHead cables can transmit across distances of up to at least 60 feet without any loss in signal quality, and without the need for a repeater.
How it Works
The Redmere MAE 1689 Integrated Chipset is the magic that makes all of this possible. This chipset improves bandwidth and extends the capabilities of the cable, allowing for sustained speeds of 3.4 Gps per channel, that’s 10.2 Gbps in total. The chip also compensates for data loss from the high signal speed, ensuring that you don’t lose any quality.
The chipset in encased in the sink-side connector. That’s the side that goes to your display. The only downside to this is that it means you can only use the cable one way, so make sure to pay attention to the markings so you know which end goes to which device, otherwise it won’t work. The benefit to this design is that you don’t have to have an external power source for the chipset. It has such minimal power requirements that it can get the power it needs from your data source.
There are all sorts of great applications for RedHead cables. They are great for wall mounted TVs, allowing you to mount your TV closer to the wall than you ever could have done with traditional HDMI cables. They are also great for portable devices and anywhere you want your cables to be a little less conspicuous. Be sure to check back for more information on RedHead HDMI cables with Redmere technology!