Ultralink Adds HDMI & FireWire to Digital Lineup

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ULTRALINK/XLO EXPANDS DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY LINE

- Adds HDMI cables for next generation high definition audio and video applications

- HDMI to DVI cable assures forward compatibility of existing DVI displays and sources

- HDMI/DVI adapters allow easy retrofit of existing conduit installations

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September 3, 2004 — Ontario, California — Ultralink/XLO Products, Inc., the industry’s fastest growing manufacturer of audio/video interconnects, cables and power products, announces new additions to their digital cable and adapter series with full support of HDMI [High-Definition Multimedia Interface] and 1394/FireWire implementations.

“Modern high definition sources and displays offer tremendous potential to see bigger, brighter, better, more vivid and realistic images than ever before. Unlike analog, these digital signals are less tolerant of signal loss and noise due to interference and long throw distances,” states Don Bouchard, Ultralink/XLO VP of Sales and Marketing. “As source and display resolutions get better and better, the sheer volume of data and the speed and accuracy of its transmission become the limiting factors.” Bouchard continued. “The cable is what will make the crucial difference whether or not the full performance potential of the format and the equipment is actually experienced. Ultralink HDMI, DVI, and 1394/FireWire cables truly future-proof the digital signal path of a home theater system and, as part of a complete Ultralink Signal Delivery System?, will raise the entire level of performance – as if each and every component in that system had been upgraded,” Bouchard concludes.

For multimedia uses, the Advanced Performance HDMI and Platinum Series HD Pro HDMI interface cables offer the latest digital solution for high-speed, full-bandwidth connections. Both interconnects feature Ultralink proprietary gold-plated contacts for high-conductivity. Special quad-shield design protects against EMI and RFI interference for an ultra-clear picture and sound, free from digital artifacts and distortion. Engineered to deliver the highest resolution multi-channel surround-sound audio for music lovers and home theater enthusiasts, HDMI, referred to as the “next generation” in digital interface, offers several advantages over DVI. HDMI provides greater bandwidth (up to 5Gbps), longer throw-distances, a smaller more robust connector and the ability to carry both video and audio signals. Ranging from 1 to 5, and 1 to 15 meters, respectively, the HDMI and HD Pro HDMI are available from $90 to $210, and $120 to $530.

New to the Platinum Series, and Advanced Performance Series line is the Videophile Pro DVI-D cable, and the Videophile HDMI to DVI-D Conversion Cable. Both connector contacts are 24k gold-plated for reliable, high-signal transfers, representative of Ultralink’s strict adherence to using only the best possible elements for the best possible performance. Proprietary Ultralink cable designs allow low signal loss, which can produce digital video artifacts. The Videophile Pro DVI-D cable is available in pre-terminated lengths of 1 to 12 meters, ranging from $80 to $280, respectively. The HDMI to DVI-D conversion cable is available in 1 to 5 meter lengths, with a range of $90 to $210.

All Ultralink HDMI and DVI cables guarantee:
- Heavy-duty injection-molded 24k or Ultralink proprietary gold-plated contacts to ensure low-loss, non-corrosive, high conductivity connections
- Quad shielded for maximum EMI and RFI interference
- Maximum signal transfer via low-loss nitrogen-injected dielectric insulation
- 6N OFHC purity copper construction for maximum signal strength and high performance
- Support of high definition resolutions in vivid 24-bit color depth

Also new to the Ultralink line are two HDMI/DVI adapters. The first is an HDMI Female to DVI-D Male adapter, great for connecting HDMI sources to DVI displays or switches. The other is a DVI-D Female to HDMI Male adapter that allows connection of DVI sources to HDMI displays. If you have an existing DVI cable installed through conduit, the adapter easily solves your connectivity needs. If you have existing a DVI source or display to support and have existing conduit that won’t accept the larger diameter DVI connector, Ultralink’s HDMI to HDMI cable combined with proper adapter is a perfect solution. So if you have a long run for digital DVI or HDMI through conduit, Ultralink can solve all your needs. Both Ultralink DVI-D/HDMI adapters are available for $50 per unit.

“Our observation and opinion has been that HDMI will quickly outpace DVI by a huge margin as the digital connectivity solution of choice for the Consumer Electronics industry,” says Allen L. Sung, President of Ultralink/XLO. “In-Stat/MDR forecast in their August 2004 market research report that HDMI growth in the CE market segment will outpace DVI by more than 1400% from 2003 thru 2008. Confirming our belief in HDMI’s strengths, we have made a huge R investment in the development of new technology including materials, wire geometry, and shielding to produce HDMI products that offer the kind of performance-engineering that Ultralink/XLO is known for. These new products validate our faith, commitment, and investment in HDMI,” Sung concluded.

New to Ultralink’s Matrix 2 Series are three FireWire compatible digital multimedia cables supporting both 4- and 6-pin configurations. The MDF44 offers Firewire connection in a 4-pin to 4-pin configuration. The MD46 is a 4-pin to 6-pin configuration and the MDF66 is a 6-pin to 6-pin solution.

All Ultralink Firewire cables are designed for high bandwidth, high performance output, including:
- Connections for digital audio and video devices, external hard drives, and other high-speed peripherals
- Multimedia connections of HDTV, A/V receivers, DVD players, digital cameras and camcorders
- 24k gold-plated pin-to-pin connectors for smooth, error-free data transfer
- Quad shielded construction for maximum rejection of ambient noise and interference
- Premium grade 6N copper conductors for low-loss signal transfers
- Advanced real time data transfer technology for ultra high bandwidth connections for streaming video
Available in 1 to 4 meter lengths, the Matrix 2 Series cables are retailing from $25 to $50.

Ultralink is available for advice, comments, and feedback to ensure all your home entertainment needs are met. Visit their new web site at www.ultralinkproducts.com for more in-depth cable and component hook-up guides.

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About Ultralink/XLO Products Inc.
Ultralink/XLO Products Inc., headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is the number two, industry-leading manufacturer of high-performance audio and video cables, interconnects and related power accessories. Marketed around the world, the Ultralink brand is Canada’s market share leader. Much of the corporation’s growth and significant product innovations are devoted to the world’s transition to DTV (digital television), the popularity of home DVD and multi-channel audio applications. In early 2002 Ultralink Products Inc. acquired XLO Electric Co., Inc. a professional and audiophile reference brand of cables and interconnects. Ultralink is a member of PARA, CEDIA and the CEA. For more information on Ultralink/XLO and their product brands, please call 909-947-6960 or find them at www.ultralinkproducts.com.

High-Definition Multimedia Interface and HDMI are trademarks of HDMI Licensing, LLC. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are of their respective holders.

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Source: Ultralink/XLO Products, Inc.

Contacts:

Don Bouchard
Ultralink/XLO Products, Inc.
T: 281-373-3222
E: don@ultralinkproducts.com

Jim Noyd
Jefferson/Acker Advertising + Communications
T: 310-374-5904 x223
M: 310-951-3768
E: jim_noyd@acker.com


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