Siemon Co. improves on Augmented Cat 6 patch cords

March 17, 2006 - The 10G 6A UTP BladePatch and MC cords combat alien crosstalk with a dual-jacket design.

The Siemon Company recently launched an enhanced line of Augmented Category 6 unshielded twisted-pair patch cords/equipment cords. Consisting of 10G 6A UTP BladePatch and MC cords, the line meets or exceeds all pending 10GBase-T standard requirements, including alien crosstalk parameters.

"Although our augmented Category 6 UTP solution was independently tested to the pending standard requirements some time ago, we have worked continuously to improve it," stated Rob Buchanan, Siemon's global business development manager. "These new patch cords improve alien crosstalk performance without sacrificing cord flexibility."

Both the 10G 6A UTP BladePatch and MC cords achieve optimum alien crosstalk performance through a patent-pending dual-jacket design. This layered outer jacket configuration provides protection from any crosstalk noise or other interference generated by nearby cables without significantly increasing cord diameter. With an outside diameter of 0.29 inches (7.4 mm), the 10G 6A UTP BladePatch and MC cords can be routed through standard patch-cord management products, such as horizontal and vertical cable managers.

Cord routing and management is also facilitated by the 10G 6A UTP unique jacket configuration. These cords feature an innovative stepped, dual jacket design, which removes the outer jacket layer about 6 inches from each plug end, thereby improving patch-cord bend radius and flexibility from the patch panel or equipment to the cable manager. This allows the cords to maintain superior alien crosstalk performance while maintaining the same bend radius and routing flexibility of non-augmented cords.

The 10G 6A UTP BladePatch is a unique RJ-45-style patch cord that can be inserted and removed without the need to depress an external latch. The patented push-pull internal latching mechanism locks the plug into position when pushed into the outlet or patch panel, and is removed by pulling back on the boot. A video of BladePatch in action can be viewed here.

All 10G 6A UTP cords are compatible with standards-based RJ-45 outlets and meet FCC68.500 and IEC 60603-7 specifications, ensuring reliability and long-term resistance to humidity-based corrosion, extreme temperatures, and airborne contaminants. These UL-listed and 100% transmission-tested patch cords are also compatible with both T568A and T568B wiring schemes, which accommodate all Ethernet applications. They feature Siemon's patented cross-pair metallic isolator and 360-degree crimp, which maintains pair geometry and eliminates deformation, resulting in maximum transmission performance.

"Siemon has attacked the alien crosstalk issue from nearly every angle," explained Robert Carlson, Siemon's vice president of marketing. "In our 10G 6A F/UTP and fully-shielded Category 7/Class F TERA solutions, we eliminate alien crosstalk through screened and shielded cable and connectivity. In our 10G 6A UTP solution, we've beaten it through yet another Siemon innovation."

This new 10G 6A UTP system innovation underscores Siemon's commitment to providing the most comprehensive leading-performance family of 10-Gbit/sec solutions available. "Rather than force our customers into a single 10-Gbit/sec option, we developed our 10G ip family with a complete menu of end-to-end copper and fiber solutions," Carlson explains. "We can provide full standard-based channels in Augmented Category 6 UTP and F/UTP as well as in our TERA Category 7/Class F S/FTP an XGLO fiber solutions."

More information on Siemon's 10G 6A UTP patch cords, as well as the entire 10G 6A end-to-end system, is available here.

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