Siemon introduces Category 6A UTP cable

Feb. 9, 2017
The company’s Category 6A GT unshielded twisted-pair cable includes Gap Technology (GT), featuring a discontinuous foil construction that enables a typical UTP termination process.

Siemon recently announced the expansion of its copper cabling systems portfolio with the release of Category 6A GT unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) balanced copper cable that the company explained “offers a significantly smaller overall diameter and improved performance to better support advanced remote powering applications.”

The cable’s Gap Technology (GT) “features a discontinuous foil construction with periodic gaps that enable a typical UTP termination process while providing improved heat dissipation and crosstalk performance to better support applications using both advanced Power over Ethernet [PoE] and 10-Gbit/sec application speeds such as IEEE 802.11ac or IEEE 802.11ax WiFi access points and other emerging high-speed IP-based technologies,” Siemon added. “In contrast to standard Category 6A UTP cable that requires additional space and separation within the cable to meet performance specifications, the discontinuous foil construction of Siemon’s Category 6A GT UTP cable results in a 15-percent or more reduction in cable diameter.”

Susan Cocco, Siemon’s global product manager for copper cable, commented, “While Siemon’s 6A shielded system comprising F/UTP cable with a continuous shield still offers superior channel performance, the discontinuous foil construction of our new Category 6A GT UTP Cable has advantages over traditional 6A UTP cables and helps close the gap between these two options. Along with a 75-degree C temperature rating, the Category 6A GT UTP cable design offers improved heat dissipation over standard UTP, reducing the potential for damaging levels of heat rise that can occur in remote powering applications. The cable’s smaller diameter of just 0.275 inch also means improved flexibility, reduced weight and better pathway fill capacity over standard UTP.”

The Siemon Category 6A GT UTP Cable is available in riser and plenum ratings and in nine different jacket colors. The company said the cable exceeds ANSI/TIA-568-C.2, ISO/IEC 11802 Ed. 2.0 and IEC 61156-5 Ed. 2.0 standards to support all applications designed for Category 6A or lower cabling, including 10GBase-T and HDBase-T. Siemon added that the cable also supports all remote-powering applications, including IEEE 802.3af PoE and 802.3at PoE+, as well as future Type 3 and Type 4 four-pair PoE applications.

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