Active Optical Cables
Active optical cables (AOC) are cables that convert electrical signals into optical signals in order to transmit data – typically video and audio – from a source to a display over varying distances. While these cables accept the same inputs as copper cables, but they are lighter weight, offer faster speeds, use less power, increase flexibility, and are less likely to experience interconnection loss. Active optical cables are also easier to route then copper cables because they are thin and flexible. These cables are classified by length and connector type, as well as any optional features. There are several different types of AOCs, such as USB, HDMI, SFP, QSFP, and DisplayPort.