40Gbps Ethernet breakthrough

More on the news we Tweeted last week, that Commscope has successfully demonstrated an important step towards a viable 40GBASE-T system for datacentre applications.

The demonstration took place at the recent International Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.3 NGBASE-T study group meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.

CommScope verified a proof-of-concept solution for a viable 40Gbps Ethernet channel by using prototype Category 8 RJ-45 connectors and copper twisted pair cables, with all the components designed by engineers in CommScope’s own labs.

Two of the most critical aspects of this proof-of-concept were the inclusion of the commonly-used RJ-45 connectors, and the demonstrated bandwidth capability of proposed Category 8 cabling.

While 10GBASE-T is currently gaining broad acceptance in the server and access layers, CommScope is already anticipating the bandwidth growth which will inevitably 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 datacentre and commercial building environments. What CommScope’s proof-of-concept demonstrates is that operators will be able to extend their preferred mean of communication technology when 40G does arrive.

Richard Mei, director of transmission solutions at CommScope said: “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 the cable and connector types they are familiar with today.”

“We will continue to work with customers to help deploy appropriate solutions for the continued emergence of 10GBASE-T applications.

“When a 40G cabling solution does become market ready and available, they will have the right infrastructure to provide a sensible migration path.”

Excel enjoys a strong partnership with CommScope, a relationship underlined when we were presented with their SYSTIMAX BusinessPartner of the Year award. Our reputation as the UK’s leading specialist in iPatch system integration was also reinforced with the award of iPatch Integration BusinessPartner status.