TE unveils new Cat 6A unshielded cabling system for 10-GbE applications

At approximately 0.285 inches in diameter, new Cat 6A cabling design requires up to 32% less space, says TE Connectivity.

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) has introduced a new Category 6A unshielded cabling system especially designed to meet the performance and density demands of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) applications. The copper cabling and connectivity system is comprised of TE's new SL Series AMP-TWIST jacks and panels, along with a reduced-diameter Cat 6A patch cord.

TE says its SL-series modular jacks incorporate the proprietary AMP-TWIST technology to deliver superior termination speed, reliability and consistency. When used in conjunction with TE's SL-series termination tool, all four twisted pairs are terminated and trimmed simultaneously in as little as one minute. The company says the jacks also incorporate category-leading crosstalk reduction technology and interchangeable color caps for easy port identification. The new TE Cat 6A U/UTP panels also offer 24-port 1RU and 48-port 2RU density and are available in flat, angled and dynamic-angled configurations.

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TE says the new Cat 6A U/UTP system offers the first unshielded structured cable for 10 GbE transmission of up to 100M -- ideal for accommodating today's higher processing speeds and bandwidth demand. Benefiting from TE's AirES cable and "inside-out" filler technologies, the cable is able to provide higher throughput and an increased signal-to-noise ratio in a smaller package.

At approximately 0.285 inches in diameter and featuring 0.235" reduced diameter patch cords, the company says the cable is up to 32% thinner than traditional Cat 6A cables, helping to save space in the communications closet, reduce the amount of cable management accessories required, and lower the risk associated with fire and smoke in the plenum space. TE's AirES cable technology uses air as an insulator to enhance signal speed and strength, while minimizing cable size and crosstalk

"The growing popularity of virtualization, IP video and larger file transmissions is driving the need for higher network performance while also necessitating higher density in data center and office LAN environments," comments Brian Davis, director of product management, TE Enterprise Networks."Our AirES enhanced cabling solution provides optimal performance, meets bandwidth demands and is scalable -- ready for new technology to be added. Plus, the smaller, thinner design of the patch cord makes it an unbeatable combination of performance and agility."

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