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CommScope Showcases Technical Feasibility of Category 8 Copper Cabling System

February 15, 2013

CommScope Showcases Technical Feasibility of Category 8 Copper Cabling System

By Jyothi Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor

Communications networks specialist, CommScope has announced that it has been successful in demonstrating the technical feasibility of Category 8 cabling for enterprise networks.

The company took the opportunity to demonstrate the technical feasibility of Category 8 cabling at recently held International Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE (News - Alert)) 802.3 NGBASE-T study group meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. The study group, commissioned by the IEEE 802.3, agreed to explore the technical feasibility and the broad market potential for higher speed Ethernet networks over structured twisted pair copper cabling.

CommScope tested a proof-of-concept solution for a viable 40 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Ethernet channel by utilizing prototype Category 8 RJ-45 connectors and copper twisted pair cables. Engineers in CommScope labs took special interest to build all the components of the groundbreaking concept.

“This contribution highlights CommScope’s commitment and continued leadership to bring next generation copper cabling and connectivity solutions to market,” said Richard Mei, director of transmission solutions, CommScope.

 “We believe this demonstrated solution shows the real market potential for customers to eventually take advantage of 40G transmission rates over copper twisted-pair based media with cable and connector types they are familiar with today.”

10GBASE-T has been accepted by many companies in the server and access layers, and CommScope expects that the bandwidth growth will necessitate a 40GBASE-T solution in the future. In addition to these solutions, BASE-T technology along with RJ-45 connectivity is a widely accepted and cost-effective networking option in both data center and commercial building environments.

Now with the tested proof-of-concept, CommScope hopes that data center operators will be able to extend their preferred mean of communication technology for 40G.

“The SYSTIMAX brand is a recognized leader in next generation networking with a history of innovation,” said Mei. “We will continue to work with customers to help deploy appropriate solutions for the continued emergence of 10GBASE-T applications. When a 40G cabling solution does become market ready and available, they will have the right infrastructure to provide a sensible migration path.”

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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