Argosy Showcases High Density Connectivity at Broadcast Asia 2013

Argosy Showcases High Density Connectivity at Broadcast Asia 2013
June 17, 2013 Meriam Khan

[17 June 2013]

Leading cable and connector specialist Argosy is introducing an important range of products at Broadcast Asia 2013. To meet the challenge of higher equipment density Argosy is now supplying the Amphenol HD-BNC connector, giving a 400% improvement in packing density.

Modern digital and electronic design has enabled complex broadcast products to be realised in ever-smaller devices. The advantages are obvious in terms of reduced rack requirements, which leads to smaller machine rooms and less air conditioning. The challenge is to provide secure and highly reliable connections in this reduced space. This is particularly the case for modern, high capacity compact routers.


To meet this challenge, connector specialist Amphenol has taken the classic design of the 75Ω BNC and reduced it in physical size. The HD-BNC — HD for high density in this context — provides the same secure connection and maintains the exacting standards for HD-SDI return loss, but in a size which allows 8mm fixing centres, rather than the 15.9mm (.625”) centres of the original. The result is an increase in density of connectors of 400%.

Argosy has tuned this connector to its IMAGE 360 HD coaxial cable, providing an excellent mechanical and electrical fit. Connecting the HD-BNC to the cable uses the same strip and crimp tools used for conventional BNCs. As well as panel and cable connectors, Argosy also supplies insertion tools to enable the bayonet to be securely locked in a densely packed rack, where fingers could not reach between the cables.

“Maintaining signal integrity is paramount in any broadcast facility – and an HD-BNC connector from Amphenol delivers a new level of packing density for the SDI interface whilst ensuring that the signal path is not compromised,” said Josh Simons, technical director of Argosy.  “The Amphenol BNC is an ideal solution for efficiently connecting modern compact broadcast equipment, and has already been adopted by major manufacturers like Harris Broadcast. We are delighted to be able to supply it as part of the comprehensive Argosy range.”

The Amphenol HD-BNC connectors will be demonstrated alongside a variety of Argosy’s other HD and fibre optic products including, a broad range HD video and audio cables, connectors, high density HD video patch panels, video and audio jackfields, cable markers, cable boots, tools, MDUs, routers, KVM switches, racks, cable drums and network and data products as well as a variety of video accessories. These will be located on Argosy Broadcast Asia Sdn Bhd (ABA) stand no. 5E2.01 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 18-21 June 2013.