NBASE-T compliant Ethernet ICMs boost Cat 5e, Cat 6 network speeds from 1 to 5 Gbits up to 100m

May 3, 2017
Pulse Electronics has released a new series of multi-gigabit NBASE-T compliant RJ45 connector modules for 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T applications. 

Pulse Electronics has released a new series of multi-gigabit NBASE-T compliant RJ45 connector modules for 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T applications. The company says the new integrated connector modules (ICMs) meet IEEE 802.3bz specifications and are compatible with 100/1000BASE-T specifications. NBASE-T technology offers a cost-effective solution for boosting speed on existing Cat 5e and Cat 6 networks from 1 gigabit to 5 gigabits for distances up to 100 meters, notes the company.

Muhammad Khan, sr. product manager of Pulse Electronics' Network Business unit, states, “Pulse ICMs are compatible for current and voltage mode PHYs and are qualified at major PHY vendors including Aquantia, Broadcom, and Marvell. Pulse parts have multiple LED options, have options to support Power over Ethernet, and are compliant with IEEE802.3af (PoE) and IEEE802.3at (PoE+) standards."

Pulse says its ICM designs contain transformers, chokes, and other electronic components to eliminate common mode noise, provide a high level of signal integrity, and reduce the risk of PHY damage due to high voltage surge. The ICM's shielding incorporates EMI spring fingers, which act as a path of least resistance to electromagnetic and radio frequency interference (EMI/RFI) and help lower EMI emissions.

The new ICMs use through-hole technology for wave soldering and are designed to withstand lead-free solder reflow temperatures up to 260° C. The ICMs are RoHS compliant and UL approved. The parts currently are in high volume production and ship in trays. They are available in single port (1x1), 4-port (1x4 and 2x2), 8-port (2x4), 12-port (2x6), and 16-port (2x8) configurations. Learn more at

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