Category 8 cable unveiled at CES has heavily shielded, untwisted pairs

Designed for video and audio applications, Wireworld Cable Technology’s Starlight Category 8 cable has untwisted but heavily shielded pairs.

Jan 8th, 2016
This is a schematic drawing of WireWorld's Starlight Category 8 cable, which the company unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show. Wireworld's Tite-Shield Technology 'isolates the four channels with a three-layer shield on each conductor pair,' the company told Dealerscope's Katie Nale.
This is a schematic drawing of WireWorld's Starlight Category 8 cable, which the company unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show. Wireworld's Tite-Shield Technology 'isolates the four channels with a three-layer shield on each conductor pair,' the company told Dealerscope's Katie Nale.

Dealerscope’s Katie Nale reported on January 6 that “high-performance audio and video cable provider Wireworld Cable Technology has announced the development of its Starlight Category 8 cables for high-speed media network applications.” The Category 8 cable uses “a new conductor geometry [pictured] developed by Wireworld to support higher transmission speed,” she added.

The cable, brand named Starlight Ethernet, is the first to incorporate Wireworld’s Tite-Shield Technology, Nale reported.

“Conventional cables use four twisted pairs of conductors with one foil shield on each pair to control crosstalk,” Nale explained. “An overall two-layer shield reduces outside interference. However, twisting the conductors can make their length uneven, which can cause timing errors called skew. To overcome this, Tite-Shield technology isolates the four channels with a three-layer shield on each conductor pair. The shields are made to be effective enough that twisting is no longer needed and conductor length differences are eliminated.”

You can read Katie Nale’s report at Dealerscope here.

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