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CommScope reports feasibility of Cat. 8 copper cabling system

U.S.-based CommScope reports that it has successfully demonstrated the technical feasibility of Cat. 8 cabling for enterprise networks using copper cables.

A press release said that CommScope verified a proof-of-concept solution for a viable 40 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Ethernet channel by utilizing prototype Category 8 RJ-45 connectors and copper twisted pair cables. All components were designed by engineers in CommScope labs, and the demonstration took place at a recent 802.3 NGBASE-T study group meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, it said. "This is a step along the path towards a viable 40GBASE-T system for data center applications," it said.

"This contribution highlights CommScope's commitment and continued leadership to bring next generation copper cabling and connectivity solutions to market," said Richard Mei, director of transmission solutions, CommScope. "We believe this demonstrated solution shows the real market potential for customers to eventually take advantage of 40G transmission rates over copper twisted-pair based media with cable and connector types they are familiar with today."

The two aspects outlined by this proof-of-concept include commonly used RJ-45 connectors and bandwidth capability of proposed Cat. 8 cabling, the release said. "Today, 10GBASE-T continues to gain broad acceptance in the server and access layers, and CommScope anticipates bandwidth growth will necessitate a 40GBASE-T solution in the future. BASE-T technology in conjunction with RJ-45 connectivity is a widely accepted and cost-effective networking option in both data center and commercial building environments. The CommScope proof-of-concept demonstrates that data center operators will be able to extend their preferred mean of communication technology for 40G."

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