May 9, 2001 The Superior Essex Communications Group of Superior Telecom (www.superioressex.com) announced that ADC's (www.adc.com) Enterprise connectivity products are part of the PerformaChannel system series. The series includes systems that exceed the performance of Category 5E and draft Category 6 specifications, according to Superior Essex. Other connectivity makers teaming with Superior Essex in the program are Hubbell Premise Wiring and Leviton Voice and Data Systems.
Intertek Testing Service/ETL Labs (www.itsqs.com) has verified the PerformaChannel systems, according to Superior Essex. And the testing organization will continue to verify the systems on a quarterly basis.
The program has two levels: Category 5E+ and Category 6+. Systems in the first level must exceed the Category 5E channel specifications for power-sum attenuation-to-crosstalk ratio, power-sum equal-level far-end crosstalk, and return loss by at least 5 decibels. Systems in the second level must exceed the current draft Category 6 channel specifications in those same characteristics by at least 3 dB.