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Issue Date: May 2006

Belden unveils 10GX

1 May 2006

Belden CDT Networking, represented locally by Datanet, has launched its Belden IBDN System 10GX - an end-to-end UTP cabling solution for 10 Gigabit Ethernet service.
According to Bill Miller, Belden CDT Networking's director of marketing for the Americas: "Unlike other 10 Gigabit Ethernet offerings currently on the market, our 10GX solution is not simply an improved or boosted Category 6 system, but rather a whole new UTP solution designed around a series of enabling technologies. In addition, because it is copper-based, the Belden IBDN System 10GX offers the greatest overall economies in new installs, plus it provides a seamless and cost-effective upward migration path from existing 100Base-T and 1000Base-T cable plants. Commercial enterprises can therefore optimise their IT strategy and network performance while protecting their technology investments."
The major technological challenges in designing a 10G system are to reduce Alien crosstalk to a level that is about 15 dB, or 30 times lower than the ANEXT performance for 1000Base-T at 100 m. Secondarily, a top-performing 10G system should provide controlled performance during high frequency operation up to a minimum of 500 MHz. With its performance-enabling technologies, the Belden IBDN 10GX solution has successfully overcome these challenges. In fact, as witnessed by ETL, on every critical parameter - NEXT, PSNEXT, Alien PSNEXT, ELFEXT and PSELFEXT, Alien PSELFEXT, Insertion Loss and Return Loss - the 10GX solution delivers guaranteed channel performance well beyond the proposed standard, up to 625 MHz.
Belden CDT Networking built its 10GX solution around a series of patent-pending enabling technologies which serve to optimise the performance of each critical component of the solution-10GX Modular Cords, 10GX Patch Panels, 10GX Cables and 10GX Modules. These technologies include:
* SpiralFleX Cable Design. The 10GX system's cable is on an innovative SpiralFleX design that consists of two elements: a filler twisted around the four cable pairs and a unique internal cross-web design. These features both increase and randomise the distance between a cable and its neighbouring cables, resulting in greatly improved Alien crosstalk coupling and Return Loss channel characteristics.
* MatriX IDC Technology. A patent-pending IDC design and patch panel circuit layout is utilised which positions each IDC at 90° to its neighbour - effectively cancelling the Alien crosstalk between modules by 15 dB as compared with traditional technology.
* X-Bar Installation Device. The X-Bar is a control device that affixes to the module to enable the accurate positioning of each UTP pair for termination on the 10GX Module's IDC pins. This X-Bar design enables installers to maintain the proper conductor twist lays during installation to prevent untwisting. This assures Installable Performance, or the after-installation assurance that no termination errors have been committed.
* FleXPoint PCB Technology. The modules feature patent-pending FleXPoint technology. This technology utilises a flexible printed circuit board within the module that allows the compensation circuitry to be located directly at the point of plug contact. This reduces the delay between the source of the crosstalk in the plug and the crosstalk cancellation circuitry on the PCB, resulting in a dramatic reduction in crosstalk at frequencies up to 625 MHz.
Today, 10 Gigabit Ethernet Structured Cabling Systems have proven viable for data centres, campus backbones and other current applications. They also provide the extended bandwidth and reliable power distribution required to handle new and emerging applications for which there is growing demand. These data-intensive applications include uncompressed high resolution digital video, medical imaging, digital animation, CAD/CAM, high-speed data storage, cluster computing, advanced multimedia security systems, and high-performance IP-based services such as Voice-over-IP (VoIP).
Clearly, greater bandwidth in 10G service will be increasingly required as voice, data and video networks converge onto a single infrastructure - and the Belden IBDN System 10GX delivers what is needed for today's high-performance applications - and tomorrow's. In addition, the 10GX solution mitigates and simplifies structured cabling system installation issues to ensure long life and superior system performance.

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