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Fluke introduces ‘first’ standards-based 10 Gig Ethernet copper certification package

Fluke Networks Canada today introduced what it says is the industry's first 10 Gigabit Ethernet cable testing offer...


May 11, 2006  


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Fluke Networks Canada today introduced what it says is the industry’s first 10 Gigabit Ethernet cable testing offering for copper.

The offering includes the DTX-1800 CableAnalyzer as well as the new DTX 10 Gig Kit. The testing package supports cabling from 10 Meg to 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

“The demand for faster data center transmission rates has up to now been the domain for high-performance fiber optic links,” Fluke said in a release. “DTX 10 Gig certifies the link performance for very high-speed transmissions over affordable twisted-pair copper cabling.

It has been used by hardware suppliers currently working to finalize the IEEE 802.3an, TIA TSB155, and ISO TR 24750 testing guidelines for 10 Gig Ethernet.

Alien Crosstalk (AxTalk) test parameters measure the signal coupling from one cable to another within a bundle of twisted-pair links.

AxTalk is a significant disturbance at 10 Gig speeds because the signaling contains high frequency components up to 500 MHz and crosstalk increases as the frequency of the transmitted signal rises.

In addition, the AxTalk disturbance in a cabling link (the victim cable) is made up of the combined effect from all other cables in a bundle (disturber cables).

As the number of cables in a bundle increases, the task of measuring all possible AxTalk combinations becomes almost overwhelming.

The DTX 10 Gig Kit consists of a set of communications modules, which snap into the DTX-1800 main and remote units.

Also included is a Windows-based software program to calculate AxTalk power sum test parameters that analyze the combined effect of all disturber links on the victim link.

The kit will be available for delivery in July from distributors and other Fluke Networks sales outlets. The DTX CableAnalyzer and assorted modules are available for immediate delivery from these same channels.