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Adoption of 10Gbps cabling systems seen in five years, says Systimax

Posted: 19 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:systimax? commscope? gigaspeed x10d? cat 6? cat 6a?

Kandasamy: One of the main drivers for the development of the Augmented Cat 6 or Cat 6A cabling solution is the heavy bandwidth usage in enterprises.

With the ever increasing requirements in reliability, security, performance and most especially, bandwidth, in the enterprise networks, the need for higher-end cabling solutions continues to drive product and technology development for network technology providers. The growing migration of LAN speeds from 100Mbps (100BASE-TX) toward 1,000Mbps (1000BASE-T) is driving demand for higher speeds at data aggregation points.

Considered one of the main drivers, data centers have continually been experiencing rapid growth in demand in terms of web hosting. According to Systimax Solutions' recent report entitled Meeting the Network Connectivity Challenge, which focuses on the global technology trends for the physical layer of the enterprise, more than half or 53 percent of the surveyed network managers and decision makers expect to be running 1Gbps over their horizontal cabling, while 30 percent look forward to adopting 10Gbps cabling systems within five years. As for their backbones, 61 percent expect to be utilizing 10Gbps cabling systems, while 20 percent anticipates 40Gbps systems in five years.

While the majority of the respondents choose Cat 6 cabling, 30 percent selected Augmented Cat 6 cabling, showing a likely rapid shift towards 10Gbps copper cabling despite the fact that the development of the Cat 6A cabling standards has only recently commenced and the market awareness of Cat 6A is still fairly low.

Ispran Kandasamy, Systimax's VP and managing director for the Asia-Pacific region, commented that one of the main drivers for the development of the Augmented Cat 6 or Cat 6A cabling solution is the heavy bandwidth usage in enterprises.

Systimax's report also confirms industry perception that Cat 5e is fast approaching obsolescence, with only 17 percent of the respondents choosing this cabling option.

Move to 10Gbps
As bandwidth intensive applications continue to emerge, cable makers are busy in their R&D to develop products that can support gigabit-speed data transfer rates. Using its proprietary Modal Decomposition Modeling (MDM) technology, Systimax has successfully released its GigaSPEED X10Da 10GbE over Copper/UTP solutionfor high-bandwidth demanding applications in data centers, banking and finance institutions. Developed in-house, MDM enabled the company to evaluate and model all interactions between components, as well as to introduce variables such as different cord and cable lengths in order to analyze the system fully and predict the performance of the complete channel.

GigaSPEED X10D meets or exceeds all channel requirements dictated by the pending IEEE 802.3an standard, which is scheduled to ratify in July 2006. This cabling solution provides guaranteed channel margins to ISO/IEC 11801:2002 "Class E" (1MHz to 200MHz) standards, as well as the soon-to-be-drafted ISO/IEC 11801 Edition 2.1 "New Class E" (1MHz to 500MHz) standards, particularly in the area of Alien Crosstalk and insertion loss.

Widening Asian scope
Commscope Inc., parent company of Systimax, recently commenced mass production of broadband cables and connectivity solutions in Suzhou in Jiangsu province, mainland China. Operating under the name of CommScope Asia (Suzhou) Technologies Co. Ltd, the production facility measures about 11,000m2 and will house manufacturing of broadband coaxial cables primarily for the Asia-Pacific region. Kandasamy shared that this plant is the largest coaxial cable supplier in China.

Systimax also has a production facility in Brisbane, Australia, which covers an area of 10,900m2. The plant, which focuses on four-pair Cat 6 and Cat 6A LAN cables, manufactures almost 47,000km of cables and more than 500,000 units of patchleads very quarter.

"Asia Pacific region is the fastest growing region for Systimax," said Kandasamy. "We are excited about our opportunities here, particularly in China and India." Outside of the United States, China has the largest business for Systimax.

The company is now looking into tapping the Vietnam market, which is also beginning to show development in terms of industries and enterprises. Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines are also promising in the field of connectivity infrastructure business, Kandasamy added.

- Stephen Las Marias
Electronic Components

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