AMP NETCONNECT XG / XGA cabling solutions - Today’s cabling systems for tomorrow’s applications
10 Gigabit/s Ethernet is not a requirement for most applications today, but is an expectation for the future, especially in the Data Center environment. Organizations looking to install cabling today need to ensure that their chosen platform can support 10 Gigabit/s Ethernet to enable migration to the faster data rate in the future.
IEEE 802.3ae (10Gb/s Ethernet over fiber) was ratified in 2002 and resulted in new multimode fiber definitions being established by the international cabling standard ISO/IEC 11801 2nd edition. The AMP NETCONNECT XG fiber optic cabling system meets all these standard requirements and offers a 300 m channel length using OM3 system fiber and high class connectivity.
When the standard work for IEEE 802.3an (10Gb/s Ethernet over copper) started, it pretty soon became clear that this application would also result in new definitions in the cabling standards for copper channels. Prior to the ratification of the IEEE 802.3an application standard (10GBase-T) in 2007, the international cabling standards had already started to define cabling channels supporting this new high speed copper application.
The first new definition, announced by ISO/IEC 11801 in 2008 in an amendment 1, was a Class EA cabling channel. The AMP NETCONNECT XG copper cabling system complies with this channel specification.
The next step (likely to be finalized by the end of 2009) in the international cabling standard ISO/IEC 11801 (Amendment 2) is the definition of the Class EA permanent link and the required Cat. 6A component requirements. Additionally, a new multimode fiber called OM4 will be added to this paper, achieving a longer reach for 10 Gb/s Ethernet (550 m) and most probably for the upcoming 40/100 Gb/s Ethernet applications.
The AMP NETCONNECT XGA copper cabling system already uses next generation components in order to meet the upcoming ISO/IEC specifications for Cat. 6A components and Class EA permanent links. Tyco Electronics' XGA fiber cabling system now includes fiber optic system cable containing OM4 fiber.
The following graphic provides a visual overview about this:
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