Endicott, NY (PRWEB) October 09, 2013
Amphenol, the world's second largest interconnect manufacturer, recently expanded their network and data center product portfolio to include high-performance Shielded Category-6A (CAT6A) Patch Cables through its exclusive online subsidiary, Amphenol Cables on Demand (http://www.CablesOnDemand.com). Tested to 650-MHz, these bandwidth-optimized CAT6A Shielded FTP (Foil-Screened Twisted Pair) Patch Cable Assemblies are ready for 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) network deployments; offering IT professionals, installers, or their clients a fully-scalable cabling infrastructure with a viable service life of up to 25 years. Amphenol Shielded CAT6A Patch Cords are available direct to the general public with no minimum buy requirement in some of the industry’s most popularly requested cable lengths and colors.
Amphenol Category-6A (CAT6A) FTP Shielded Patch Cables offer "future-proof" network performance; optimally designed for 10-Gigabits per second (10.0 Gbps) speeds at distances up to 100m (330’). According to Amphenol Cables on Demand Product Manager, Nick Blas, “We’re using our very best 26 AWG F/UTP (Foil-Screened Twisted Pair) shielded CAT6A cable and precision terminating it with true CAT6A-rated snagless shielded RJ-45 connectors. This combination of superior components and manufacturing techniques combine to provide a 50% reduction in Near End Cross Talk (NEXT).”
Mr. Blas adds that the entire cable assembly is bandwidth-tested to 650 MHz; thereby offering more than enough headroom for 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GBase-T) at extreme distances, as well as support for the emerging 100-Gigabit Ethernet (100GBase-T) standard at the shorter distances typically used by patch cords. “Beyond just the technical parameters,” Mr. Blas suggests, “we know just how critical quality and reliability are to our customers. We have produced hundreds of thousands of network patch cords to date without a single failure due to manufacturer’s defect(s). In many critical applications, there is absolutely no room for error. We individually test every single patch cord coming off the line to CAT6A standards using Fluke DSP cable analyzers. This provides our customers with the peace of mind that any CAT6A cabling procured through us will operate their critical applications without failure for decades to come.”
CAT6A Patch Cables are generally offered in two main varieties: the UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) variety, much along the lines of regular CAT6 cabling, as well as the FTP variety (Foil Screened Twisted Pair). At speeds of 10 Gigabits per second and above, high-bandwidth signals such as 10-GbE are extremely prone to Alien Cross Talk (ANEXT), or interference arriving from outside of the cable. This interference can come from a variety of sources, including adjacent data or power cabling, fluorescent lighting, power transformers, WiFi access points and beyond. Manufacturers who elect to build their CAT-6A cables using unshielded UTP type wire have to fight off this outside interference by utilizing thicker gauge wire, more twists-per-inch and tighter component tolerances. This proves to be quite problematic because it increases the diameter of the CAT6A cable by 28% or more and requires IT professionals to follow stricter installation standards. Many installation sites have limited clearance for cabling, making UTP CAT6A entirely impractical.