March 19, 2008 -- Siemon has introduced new versions of its hybrid TERA to RJ patch cords. The cords feature the company's standards- recognized TERA plug on one end and its patented RJ45-compatible BladePatch plug on the other. The four pair TERA to BladePatch version utilizes category 7A stranded cable and meets or exceeds all 10GBASE-T standard requirements, including all alien crosstalk parameters, according to the company.
The two-pair TERA to BladePatch cord allows two 10/100 Ethernet applications to be supported over a single TERA outlet and cable through cable sharing. Accepted by both TIA and ISO, cable sharing can help reduce the overall number of channels required to support lower-speed applications, effectively doubling connectivity density without increasing permanent link cable density. The BladePatch RJ45 plug further supports these density benefits.
The BladePatch RJ45-style patch cord can be inserted and removed without the need to depress an external latch. The patented push-pull internal latching mechanism locks the plug into position when pushed into the outlet or patch panel, and is removed by simply pulling back on the boot. The BladePatch latching design and slim boot require less "finger space" around each patch cord making it the ideal patch cord solution for high-density environments, contends Siemon.
The TERA to RJ45 BladePatch allows users to install high-performance category 7A permanent links capable of supporting future application speeds in excess of 10 Gbit/sec while maintaining the ability to immediately integrate with their current networking equipment.
"With the standards bodies already looking beyond 10GBASE-T, category 7A/class FA TERA solutions offer the greatest long-term performance security," comments Tony Veatch, Siemon's TERA product manager. "The only roadblock was the fear that the category 7A interface could not be used with RJ-based equipment. Hybrid cords allow implementation of category 7A permanent links to support up to 10Gb/s on current equipment as well as supporting multiple lower-speed applications through cable sharing."
The cords meet FCC68.500 and IEC 60603-7 specifications, ensuring reliability and long-term resistance to humidity-based corrosion, extreme temperatures and airborne contaminants. They are 100% transmission-tested and available in both T568A and T568B wiring schemes, which allows them to accommodate all Ethernet applications, notes the company.