Berk-Tek cables get Category 6 standard verification

July 10, 2002
July 10, 2002 -- LANmark-2000 and 1000 series get the approval

Berk-Tek's LANmark-2000 and LANmark-1000 series of Enhanced UTP horizontal and patch cables received independent verification as meeting the Telecommunications Industry Association Category 6 standard.

On June 20, the TIA published the standard for Category 6 cabling systems. Category 6 cabling systems have an operating bandwidth of 200 MHz and are tested to 250 MHz. The standard addresses the need for cabling systems with improved transmission performance to support current and future applications.

Berk-Tek representatives participated on the TIA committee that created the new standard. For each ballet and draft phase the company verified its products through ITS ETL SEMKO, and frequently was first to publish certificates of verification.

"During the Category 6 standard's development our LANmark-1000 cables exceeded each new draft of the standard's cable performance requirements," says Todd Harpel, Berk-Tek marketing manager.

LANmark-1000 cables have met the final '568-B.2-1 Category 6 cable specifications for the last two years, Harpel says. He says Berk-Tek's LANmark-2000 Enhanced Category 6 UTP cables-introduced in January 2001-substantially exceed LANmark-1000 and Category 6 performance.

"Our product design anticipated changing developments in the standards process," Harpel says.

Harpel says Berk-Tek is satisfied that the Category 6 standard meets all initial goals set by the standards committee, including frequency range and critical performance parameters. "We have a new blueprint for cabling systems that truly supports new gigabit applications," Harpel says.

Berk-Tek, a manufacturer of network copper and fiber-optic cable products, is based in New Holland, Pa. For more information visit

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