Category 8 Specifications Approved
for Publication

The specifications for Category 8 cable have been approved for publication and should be expected soon. The standard will support short runs between 5 and 30 meters and support 25 and 40 Gbps transmission speeds and frequencies up to 2 GHz.

With the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee approving the ANSI/TIA-568-C.2-1 specifications for Category 8 cabling systems, new products are expected to enter the marketplace, primarily for data center network applications where high-capacity and low-latency performance is required.

“With the IEEE paralleling the TIA, we will have internetworking equipment and cabling standards in place that will support data rates beyond 10 Gigabit Ethernet,” said Andy Jimenez, vice president of technology. “There is still more work to be done within the standards committees, but we will have 25 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet standards for backbone systems within the data center.”

According to the standard, the installed channel will have up to two connectors and include F/UTP and FTP media types. The new standard marks a major step to supporting rapidly evolving networks, especially for rack-level interconnects or in leaf-spine topologies.

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