GigaBIX carries NORDX into the future

In an effort to provide a higher-density proposed Category 6 system, NORDX/CDT (Pointe-Claire, P.Q., Canada) recently introduced the GigaBIX Crossconnect System

Mar 1st, 2001

In an effort to provide a higher-density proposed Category 6 system, NORDX/CDT (Pointe-Claire, P.Q., Canada) recently introduced the GigaBIX Crossconnect System. It represents the company's first major product development since the introduction of the BIX block in the late 1970s.

Originally designed for voice communications, the BIX block was later tested and found to be Category 5E- compliant for data. Now, GigaBIX builds on this proven technology and provides data connectivity compliant with current Category 6 drafts, in addition to providing high termination density and increased ease of moves, adds, and changes.

Traditional BIX blocks have proven to be capable of performing at the proposed Category 6 levels, yet installation and maintenance are more difficult than with the GigaBIX. Benoit Chevarie, product line manager in charge of GigaBIX, describes the new system as "error free." According to Chevarie, the system features an easy-to-install modular design with features such as color-coding and a wire guard, both aimed at protecting the already terminated pairs.

In addition to providing a higher-density data-transmission system, according to Chevarie, NORDX has adapted the BIX accessories to the new high-performance environment and introduced GigaBIX patch cords, crossconnect wires, termination kits, and additional accessories. The accessories have been designed to protect the cable bend radius while also presenting an aesthetically appealing picture. One example is the cable-management module, which allows the cable to be run behind the mount.

Patch cords are available in six lengths, and crossconnect wires are supplied in 1,000-foot spools in an effort to minimize hardware costs. NORDX/CDT says the crossconnect system is provided at a 75% cost reduction, per connection, over competing systems, while the patch-cord system remains competitive with other options on the market.

Additionally, the system guarantees a channel bandwidth of up to 300 MHz and offers a data rate of up to 4.8 Gbits/sec.

-Michelle Abrams

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