Hybrid patch cords for RJ45 network equipment

August 6, 2007 -- Siemon says its Hybrid TERA to RJ cords allow high-performance category 7A/class FA copper cabling systems to be easily integrated with current network equipment.

August 6, 2007 -- Siemon has introduced its hybrid TERA to RJ patch cords. The 10-Gbit/sec capable cords feature the company's standards-recognized TERA interface on one end and a re-designed version of the company's RJ45-style MC plug on the other end.

According to the company, this arrangement allows users to install a high-performance category 7A/class FA cabling infrastructure capable of supporting both future application speeds of 10 Gbit/sec and beyond as well as current networking equipment.

"Knowing that future application speeds like 40 Gbit/sec or even 100 Gbit/sec over copper will follow 10GBASE-T, category 7A/class FA TERA solutions are clearly the most future-proof option," contends Robert Carlson, Siemon's VP of global marketing. "Some have been reluctant to move to category 7A based on fear that the interface is not compatible with current electronics. These TERA to RJ cords eliminate that concern. Customers can implement a category 7A/class FA TERA system now for 10 Gbit/sec performance on RJ equipment, and when the time comes to move beyond 10 Gbit/sec with electronics that utilize a TERA interface, their cabling plant will be ready to go."

Employing category 7A stranded cable, the Siemon TERA to RJ hybrid patch cords meet or exceed all 10GBASE-T standard requirements, including all alien crosstalk parameters. The cords are compatible with standards-based RJ45 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. The 100% transmission-tested patch cord is also compatible with both T568A and T568B wiring schemes, allowing it to accommodate all Ethernet applications.

The cords feature Siemon's RJ45 MC plugs, which incorporate a color-coding clip feature. Available in a variety of colors, the snap-on clips can be added or removed while the plug is inserted or disengaged, for flexibility in patch field identification and management. The MC plugs also offer an ultra-slim boot, allowing tight side-stackability in high density patching environments such as blade servers. The boot's integrated, "cantilevered" latch protection feature limits snagging when removing cords and allows the latch to be operated from further back on the plug. This feature enables easier installation and removal of the cords in high-density switches, says Siemon.

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