Gepco Introduces Hybrid Fiber Breakout Box

Gepco International, an industry leader in the manufacturing and distribution of quality professional audio and video cables for 25 years, has introduced the 4.5” Single-Channel Hybrid Fiber Breakout Box.

Gepco’s Hybrid Fiber Breakout Box is a portable, SMPTE 304M hybrid fiber to ST breakout box in a reduced footprint. Each hybrid connector breaks out to two ST female connectors on a recessed, protective metal top plate with optional electrical connectors. The breakout of the hybrid connector to discrete, industry-standard optical and electrical components allows for an HD camera to ccu interconnection over existing fiber tie-lines in facilities where hybrid fiber interconnects may not be present. Additionally, the Hybrid Fiber Breakout Box can be utilized for Lemo terminated hybrid fiber cables to standard ST fiber connectors.

“As HD becomes the standard for television transmission, facilities need products that allow them to easily incorporate HD into their existing technologies,” explains Scott Fehl, Gepco’s Director of Marketing. “Our hybrid fiber breakout box allows for the transmission of HD signals to be seamlessly integrated into current interconnect set-ups.”

All optical components feature machine-polished ceramic ferules and ceramic sleeves for superior optical alignment and low loss. The rugged chassis is constructed from heavy gauge anodized aluminum for use in remote production environments. Gepco’s Hybrid Fiber Breakout Box also features replaceable fiber jumpers and metal dust caps.

In addition to the standard configuration, Gepco’s 4.5” HBB breakout box is also available with XLR or 5-pin AMP connectors that are hard-wired to the power and/or signal components of the SMPTE hybrid connectors.

Gepco International, Inc., with headquarters in Des Plaines, IL, and a branch location in Burbank, CA, has been a leading provider of studio and broadcast audio and video cables for 25 years. The company also specializes in manufacturing custom cable assemblies, panels, patchbay harnesses and breakout boxes. In addition, Gepco stocks and distributes connectors, patchbays and other cable-related products. For more information, visit the Gepco Web site at