UK's ProLabs launches NBASE-T transceiver with SFP+ uplink

New IEEE-802.3bz/NBASE-T transceiver is also SFF-8431 and SF-8432 MSA-compliant.

UK's ProLabs launches NBASE-T transceiver with SFP+ uplink
UK's ProLabs launches NBASE-T transceiver with SFP+ uplink

ProLabs has introduced a new high-speed SFP-NBASE-T combo transceiver. The IEEE-802.3bz/NBASE-T transceiver is SFF-8431 and SF-8432 MSA-compliant and supports low power consumption and EMI emissions. It features an MDI/MDIX crossover mode with unshielded and shielded cable support, as well as multiple loopback modes for testing and troubleshooting, built-in cable monitoring and link diagnostic features, and a robust die-cast housing.

“More than 90% of structured cabling installed between 2003-2014 (approximately 70 billion meters) has been CAT5/6, with current technologies’ throughput on these cable types limited to 1Gbps. This will be a bottleneck to delivering bandwidth available from end points such as 802.11ac that have the capability to deliver greater than 1.3 Gbps with Wave 1 and greater than 2.3 Gbps with emerging Wave 2 products,” notes Tony Lefebvre, VP of products and marketing at ProLabs. He adds, “Rather than incur the time and expense of replacing existing plant with CAT6A/7 or fiber, the NBASE-T transceiver solution from ProLabs enables customers to use an existing SFP+ port on their network equipment and connect over existing CAT5/6 cabling, delivering 2.5/5Gbps throughput. With the NBASE-T transceiver solution, customers can greatly increase their time-to-service and defer costly re-cabling.”

Ideal for bi-directional communication over copper cable, the unit's NBASE-T transceiver module is a high-performance integrated duplex data link, with the ability to support 2.5G transfer speeds at cable lengths of up to 100M using Cat5e cabling and 5G using Cat 6 Cabling.

Per a press release from ProLabs, "With the advent of 802.11ac with Wave 2 Wi-Fi Access Point (AP) products delivering greater than 2.3 Gbps, customers need to address the backhaul connectivity which in the case of CAT5/6 is limited to 1Gbps with current technologies. When replacing existing previous generation AP’s, the NBASE-T transceiver enables customers to keep their CAT5/6 infrastructure intact while delivering the throughput required by the newly added 802.11ac AP. HD CCTV and high-performance computing also benefit from NBASE-T’s greater throughput, allowing these and other bandwidth hungry applications to run at a higher rate over existing infrastructure, not only improving end user quality of experience but deferring costly cabling infrastructure replacement programs."

ProLabs' global headquarters are located in Cirencester, UK, with North American offices in Minneapolis, MN and San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit:

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