September 26, 2006 -- Belden recently launched its 10GX IDC system, a space-efficient modular connection system that allows wall-mounted configuration of large cross-connect systems and interconnect rack-mounted systems. The system provides an alternative to modular patch panels and is designed to minimize network infrastructure expenses while improving network uptime and security, says the company.
Enhancing the Belden IBDN System 10GX, the 10GX IDC platform meets the TIA/EIA 568 B.2 standard and is engineered to provide ample headroom for handling 10GBase-T data networking and multimedia applications.
The cornerstone of the system is the 10GX IDC connecting block, which combines the MatriX and X-Bar technologies from the company's 10GX module with new X-Pair technology developed especially for the 10GX IDC system. According to the company, the X-Pair technology allows the twisted pair concept to be carried through the connecting hardware, making the connector transparent within the cable run.
"The new X-Pair technology used in the 10GX IDC connecting block sets a new benchmark for 10G connecting hardware with a NEXT performance of 70 dB, which is 32 times better than the NEXT requirement in the upcoming TIA standard," contends Alain Delage, Belden's vice-president of technology, connectivity.
The 10GX IDC system can be configured in large cross-connect fields with up to 2300 x 2300 ports in a 20-foot wall space. Because of its modularity, the system offers flexibility in accommodating moves, adds and changes.
"The new 10GX IDC System flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and unmatched performance will bring excellent value, especially for high-demand data center cabling applications," remarks Claude Lafond, director of marketing, connectivity for Belden.
According to the company, the 10GX IDC system can be used to build space-efficient cross-connect fields for: horizontal distribution or equipment terminations in enterprise network telecommunications rooms, main distribution rooms, and consolidation points; data center main distribution areas (MDA), horizontal distribution areas (HDA), and zone distribution areas (ZDA). For migrating from Category 6 platforms, the 10GX IDC system can also be used to retrofit a Belden GigaBIX System to handle 10 Gbit/sec applications.
The 10GX IDC system components come packaged in a 72-port termination kit, which includes all the components required to terminate 72 cables. All items in the kit can also be purchased separately as replacement components. The 10GX X-Connect cable for patching between connecting blocks can also be ordered separately.