Panduit adds UTP, shielded Category 6A patch cords to small diameter 28-AWG cabling selection

New cords enable ease of management in high-density rack and panel configurations, as compared to 24-AWG cabling.

Panduit adds UTP, shielded Category 6A patch cords to small diameter 28-AWG cabling selection
Panduit adds UTP, shielded Category 6A patch cords to small diameter 28-AWG cabling selection

Panduit has added UTP and shielded Category 6A performance patch cords to its existing 28-AWG cabling offering. The new cords enable unmatched ease of management in high density rack and panel configurations, as compared to 24-AWG patch cords, asserts the company.

According to Panduit, with a diameter of only 0.185 inch for both UTP and shielded versions, the new Category 6A patch cords occupy just 45% of the space of standard Category 6A 24-AWG patch cords, bringing the advantages of higher cabling density and increased pathway capacity to users of 10GBASE-T networks. The company notes that, due to their significantly smaller size, more than twice as many of the new 28-AWG patch cords can fit within existing pathways, as compared to typical 24-AWG cords -- providing immediate relief for congested pathways simply by using the smaller size cords.

Panduit adds that the new cords allow up to 27% more open space between cords on a panel, which provides increased visibility of port numbers and more room for accessing plugs and routing cords. As an indication of the growing market acceptance of smaller diameter cords, the company notes that it recently passed the 1 million mark in the total number of 28-AWG patch cords sold in 2015.

“The demand for small diameter cabling solutions continues to grow, showing that IT managers around the globe value the space-savings benefits these offerings bring,” comments Dennis Renaud, vice president of Panduit's enterprise business. “As more types of enterprise systems are networked, it is driving the need to fit more equipment into over-burdened telecommunication rooms and data centers. Panduit 28-AWG patch cords are a key piece of the solution that helps maximize this valuable real estate.”

Learn more about Panduit’s 28-AWG cabling.

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