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Sales of 10 Gig screened cable spike

Structured cabling vendor The Siemon Company says that it has noticed a "strong" upward trend in the adoption of 10 Gig screened (F/UTP) copper cabling systems, particularly in markets where UTP has t...


November 1, 2006  


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Structured cabling vendor The Siemon Company says that it has noticed a “strong” upward trend in the adoption of 10 Gig screened (F/UTP) copper cabling systems, particularly in markets where UTP has traditionally been the most popular option.

Siemon sees it as a market-driven response to the limitations of UTP cabling in 10Gb/s applications.

“The inclusion of strict alien crosstalk parameters in the 10Gb/s standards posed major issues for UTP systems,” the company said in a statement. “Although most major cabling manufacturers were able to meet the 10GBASE-T performance requirements and limit alien crosstalk in a UTP configuration, the resulting designs relied on increased cable diameters and restrictive installation practices.

These UTP limitations significantly raised the profile of Screened 10Gb/s products, which by virtue of their design, defeat alien crosstalk without major design or installation changes, Siemon said.