Category 8 Copper Cabling Systems: More Than a Rumor!


It seems like just yesterday that we went from wiring only 2-pair of an RJ-45 connector for 10BASE-T, to actually wiring all 4-pairs. And the thought of transmitting data at 100Mbps using these connectors seemed completely out of reach. But at the end of last week, CommScope announced that they successfully demonstrated the technical feasibility of Category 8 cabling for enterprise networks at the recent International Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.3 NGBASE-T study group meeting in Phoenix. Their press release states that “This is a step along the path towards a viable 40GBASE-T system for data center applications.” CommScope explains that they “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.”

Richard Mei, director of transmission solutions for CommScope stated, “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.” Read this exciting press release now.

If it were available today, would you implement Category 8?

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