SYSTIMAX Solutions(TM), the worldwide leader in structured connectivity
solutions, has confirmed that its solution, as released in late 2004,
exceeds the requirements of the now-ratified Institute of Electronics
and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) 10GBASE-T standard. The company's
SYSTIMAX GigaSPEED(R) X10D 10Gb/s UTP copper cabling solution, launched
in December 2004, was already fully compliant with the just-ratified
IEEE802.3an 10GBASE-T standards developed by the IEEE -- a full 18
months in advance.
"As an industry leader, we have a track record of getting heavily
involved in key copper and fiber application standards early on so we
can better understand the cabling specifications," says Luc
Adriaenssens, Senior Vice President R&D and Technology, Enterprise
Solutions, CommScope. "This enables us to develop elegant and
cost-effective solutions ahead of the formal standards with high
confidence that our solutions will comply with the needs of the
The ratified IEEE 802.3 10GBASE-T standard specifies 10Gb/s data
transmission over four-pair copper cabling. The maximum supported
distance in the standard is a function of the cabling performance. The
distance capability is limited by key performance parameters not
characterized in the past, including alien crosstalk (PSANEXT and
PSAELFEXT) as well as stable performance of traditional parameters to
higher frequencies. At the time of development, SYSTIMAX Labs created
unique proprietary design tools to quantify and predict phenomena in the
cabling channel that could not be detected with traditional testing
technology. The result was performance testing and qualification in what
is now known as the "6-around-1" cable configuration -- the "worst-case"
installation channel test configurations. The SYSTIMAX GigaSPEED(R) X10D
Solution meets the 10GBASE-T specifications over the maximum supported
channel length, namely, 100 meters. The tests were witnessed and
confirmed in May 2005 by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), an
independent, not-for-profit product safety certification organization.
"We introduced our solution when we were confident the standard had
reached stability with respect to cabling channel requirements," says
Adriaenssens. "It is very satisfying to reflect back upon the
recommendations we provided our customers over the last 18 months and
know that we provided them sound guidance to meet their future needs."
"Now that the 10GBASE-T standard is ratified, we expect the market for
10G-enabled twisted pair cabling to move quickly from early adopters to
mass market as it has done in the past when 100 Mb/s and 1 Gb/s
standards were ratified," says Adriaenssens. "The cost reduction and
power consumption curves are very steep for network electronics. As
enterprises look back on how their bandwidth needs have grown and
changed over time, they should look closely at what their bandwidth
needs will be in the future with respect to investing in 10G-enabled
twisted pair cabling."
Innovative features of the GigaSPEED X10D Solution include a new cable
design developed using patent-pending technology that is based on a
traditional round shape. Coupled with this is new patent-pending
connector technology that follows similar termination as the previous
generations. The GigaSPEED X10D Solution is available in the market
today as a complete solution and is backed by a 20-year Extended
Warranty and Applications Assurance. The solution has been deployed in
hundreds of installations worldwide since its launch in 2004.
"Our BusinessPartners and end-user customers rely on us to develop
innovative and reliable solutions that lead the industry," said Peter
Karlsson, Senior Vice President, Sales, Enterprise Solutions, CommScope.
"The many end-user customers who installed the GigaSPEED X10D Solution
over the last year-and-a-half have invested in a long-term solution that
is backed by our extensive testing and our reputation. Their vision and
early adoption gave them an opportunity to take full advantage of
emerging high-bandwidth applications and, perhaps, get a jump on their
The SYSTIMAX GigaSPEED X10D Solution is one of many leading copper,
fiber and patching solutions introduced by SYSTIMAX Solutions in recent
years. To offer the enterprise market more information on the important
role these connectivity solutions play in building a reliable network
infrastructure, SYSTIMAX Solutions has developed an educational
document, "A Guide to 10 Gigabit Ethernet Technologies." Also available
is "A Guide to Networks and Connectivity," which is designed for anyone
who is involved in planning and implementing connectivity networks. To
request copies of these documents, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About SYSTIMAX Solutions
SYSTIMAX Solutions from CommScope (NYSE: CTV) is a worldwide leader in
structured cabling systems and provides integrated end-to-end
connectivity solutions for voice, data, video and building management
applications in both wired and wireless enterprise networks.
SYSTIMAX Solutions supplies its high performance and market-leading
range of products through a network of highly skilled BusinessPartners.
The product range includes the copper based GigaSPEED X10D and GigaSPEED
XL Solutions, the fiber-optic LazrSPEED and TeraSPEED Solutions and the
intelligent patching iPatch(R) System. The SYSTIMAX AirSPEED(TM)
Solution adds a wireless option to the portfolio. Drawing on their Bell
Labs heritage, the people of SYSTIMAX Labs who have spearheaded these
innovations will continue to play an integral role in the future success
of SYSTIMAX Solutions. Currently the company's BusinessPartners install
an average of over 1,000 miles (1,600km) of SYSTIMAX cable every day in
approximately 120 countries worldwide.
For further information please visit http://www.systimax.com.
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