Panduit unveils 'smallest diameter' Cat 6A cabling system

The TX6A-SD 10Gig UTP copper cabling system increases conduit fill capacity 115% over industry standard limits, claims Panduit.

TINLEY PARK, Ill. -- Panduit has introduced what it claims is the industry’s smallest diameter Category 6A copper cabling system. Part of its High Speed Data Transport Solutions (HSDT) product line, the company says its TX6A-SD 10Gig UTP copper cabling system meets standards body requirements up to 70 meters while offering a 0.24 in. cable diameter for easier Category 6A cable routing.

The new system increases conduit fill capacity 115% over industry standard limits, claims Panduit. This allows data center and other customers to quickly and easily deploy a 10GBASE-T solution while reducing energy costs and increasing thermal performance in high density environments. The superior cable management ensures proper airflow for improved network performance and availability.

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“We analyzed our customers’ needs for data center cabling, and discovered that almost all data center channels are less than 70 meters. Taking this into account and applying our Matrix technology, we were able to greatly reduce the cable size while keeping margin above the Category 6A and Class EA specifications to provide our end-users with easy to use, trouble-free, risk-mitigating 10Gig ready cable plants,” says Bob Dennelly, Panduit Division Manager of Copper Systems.

Panduit and others are working to provide cost-effective and seamless migration from Gigabit to 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. A 10GBASE-T ecosystem with companies including Cisco and Intel was launched at Cisco Live in Barcelona to demonstrate what Panduit callse "the industry’s most complete end-to-end solution with investment protection." The demonstration incorporated the TX6A-SD 10Gig UTP Copper Cabling System.

“The 10GBASE-T ecosystem solution includes industry-leading switches and cabling from companies such as Cisco and Panduit, respectively, as well as a new generation of Intel adapters,” said Steve Schultz, director of marketing, Intel LAN Access Division. “10GBASE-T’s backward compatibility with Gigabit Ethernet and solid ecosystem give customers an easy migration path to 10 Gigabit Ethernet.”

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