Belden Electronics Division (www.belden.com) recently announced the opening of its networking interoperability lab. "The lab will be an integral part of Belden's R-and-D and product-development programs," the company said in an announcement. "It will facilitate customer-driven and/or joint research projects with other networking industry leaders, and it will serve to identify a variety of link and channel test performance issues of interest to the industry at-large."
Belden says one such issue is the multitude of methodologies used by manufacturers of cabling products to quantify their products' performance, adding that the lab "will be unique in its ability to use statistically sound methodologies ... to generate statistically valid data on the various manufacturers' product offerings."
The commitment to a strategically valid testing program includes performance test runs, or setups, that are larger than is typical for the industry, Belden says. "In order to quantify and evaluate product set performance, Belden will base its results upon a sampling of links and channels up to 30 times greater than comparable test labs," the announcement also read.
"At present, the Networking Interoperability Lab is comprised of an unprecedented 3,000 testable link and channel configurations, with the expectation that they will achieve over 5,000 testable configurations in the very near future."