CommScope, Inc. (NYSE:CTV), a global leader in infrastructure solutions
for communications networks, through its SYSTIMAX Solutions brand has
set another industry first by achieving a 9.0 Gb/s payload throughput
over its 10 Gb/s unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling solution in
concert with Solarflare Communications' Solarstorm™ 10GBASE-T server
adapters. The two companies will demonstrate this achievement via a data
streaming application at Interop® Las Vegas in Solarflare
Communications' booth #1774.
“We believe this demonstration marks the arrival of next-generation
Ethernet technology,” said Luc Adriaenssens, senior vice president R&D
and technology, Enterprise, CommScope. “The ability to operate 10 Gb/s
Ethernet over UTP copper cabling provides a much-needed forward
migration path for enterprise network infrastructures.”
In addition to the ratification of the 10GBASE-T standard in the summer
of 2006, this collaboration between SYSTIMAX Solutions and Solarflare
Communications demonstrates that 10 Gb/s Ethernet over UTP cabling is
becoming a reality.
SYSTIMAX Solutions believes that it was the first vendor to provide a
full 100-meter UTP solution that guarantees compliance with the draft
IEEE 802.3an taskforce guidelines for 10GBASE-T and the new Category 6A/
Class EA cabling standards. In December 2004, SYSTIMAX Solutions
launched the SYSTIMAX® GigaSPEED® X10D Solution to provide a
next-generation cabling solution that supports the bandwidth needs of
today’s enterprises as well as the needs of more demanding applications
such as high-resolution video, grid computing and Storage Area
Network/Network Attached Storage (SAN/NAS).
“The public demonstration of SYSTIMAX Solutions achieving a 9.0 Gb/s
payload throughput over its 10 Gb/s unshielded twisted pair (UTP)
cabling solution in concert with our Solarstorm™ 10GBASE-T server
adapters paves the way for OEMs to provide simple and cost-effective 10
Gigabit Ethernet servers and switches,” said Bruce Tolley, vice
president of marketing at Solarflare. “The availability of cabling that
meets the full 100-meter specification of the IEEE 802.3an standard for
10GBASE-T is a key step in the adoption of this technology. We are proud
to have SYSTIMAX Solutions as a partner working with us to build the
This demonstration, designed to replicate a demanding real-world alien
crosstalk environment, shows the viability and robustness of 10 Gb/s
Ethernet over 100-meter UTP Category 6A cabling. Seven independent
10GBASE-T channels are created, representing a typical wiring closet or
data center configuration, and six disturbing channels are tightly bound
around a victim channel. Representing true network traffic, a computer
client continuously transmits 10GBASE-T Ethernet data frames to a server
by running Netperf, a file-streaming and network-benchmarking software,
via one of the channels. Continually energized with 10GBASE-T traffic
generated by devices based on Solarflare’s 10Xpress PHY, six of the
surrounding disturbing channels generate alien crosstalk comparable to
real-world adjacent channels. An application script graphically shows
payload throughput on the benchmark client-server channel around 9Gb/s.
A measurement of slightly less than 10 Gb/s is expected due to protocol
overhead. The signals clearly demonstrate the reliability of the
GigaSPEED X10D Solution and the robustness of Solarflare 10GBASE-T
server adapters to deliver a cost-effective tenfold increase in speed
over a high-performance UTP infrastructure.
“SYSTIMAX Solutions has a long tradition of producing innovative
infrastructure solutions that have consistently given enterprise
managers the peace of mind that comes with installing a leading-edge
solution,” Adriaenssens said. “The GigaSPEED X10D Solution is a natural
extension and evolution to our previous solutions, which we believe have
led the industry in performance and reliability.
The GigaSPEED X10D Solution is protected by the industry-leading
SYSTIMAX SCS 20-year Extended Product Warranty and Application
Assurance. SYSTIMAX Solutions will be exhibiting at Interop Las Vegas
2007 at booth No. 749 in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from May 20
to May 25. More information about Interop can be found at http://www.interop.com.
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® System. The SYSTIMAX AirSPEED™ 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 130 countries worldwide.
About Solarflare Communications, Inc.
Solarflare Communications Inc. is a leading silicon vendor delivering
Ethernet products that enable the rapid adoption of 10 Gigabit for data
center and enterprise networks. Solarflare was the first company to
demonstrate and sample to customers a 10GBASE-T PHY reaching 100 meters
over a Category 6A link. The company’s high-performance Ethernet
solutions will lower the cost of 10 Gigabit networking for data center
and enterprise customers. The privately held company is headquartered in
Irvine, California with a development center in Cambridge, UK. For more
information, visit http://www.solarflare.com.
This press release includes forward-looking statements that are based on
information currently available to management, management’s beliefs, as
well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events.
Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are
subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could
cause the actual results to differ materially from those currently
expected. For a more detailed description of the factors that could
cause such a difference, please see CommScope’s filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. In providing forward-looking
statements, the company does not intend, and is not undertaking any
obligation or duty, to update these statements as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.