Anixter Vice President, elected as leader for development of Category 8

It's a pleasure for Anixter Latin America to inform our customers and our market that Andy Jimenez, Vice President of Technology for Anixter, has been appointed by TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) as the leader of the work group to develop, identify, analyze and recommend the use of this technology.

It's a pleasure for Anixter Latin America to inform our customers and our market that Andy Jimenez, Vice President of Technology for Anixter, has been appointed by TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) as the leader of the work group to develop, identify, analyze and recommend the use of this technology.

In today's world, any server or storage application that requires more than 10 GB of bandwidth has to use optical fiber to reach about 40 GB Ethernet. However, there are plenty of users who prefer to keep the twisted pair copper cable infrastructure for these connections.

The combination of low-cost twisted pair cable for Ethernet, high availability, structured topology, common physical interface, and the ability of auto-negotiation make it an attractive option for data transmission, and low voltage power in environments of office applications and data centers when compared with other interconnection technologies available.

IEEE is currently working on a standard for 40GBASE-T or 40 Gig Ethernet over twisted pair cabling. Also, TIA is currently working on the standard 568-C.2-1 to create a category 8 cable that can be used on systems with this technology. Both standards are still under development, but so far points to a F/UTP (Unshielded UTP) cabling, where, besides RJ 45, there are other connectors being considered, where the channel length would be at least 30 meters. That should be enough for most data center applications.

TIA has sought to create this new working group to identify, analyze, and recommend its use in cases such as switch fabric architectures and End-of-row and Top-of-rack topologies for environments with applications with high performance structured cabling that use technologies such as 40GBASE-T.

"I feel honored to have been chosen as leader of the working group. We will work hard to create a technical service bulletin or TSB on the subcommittee 42.7, which can be used in network and infrastructure design for high-speed applications, including 40GBASE-T" Andy Jimenez, Anixter’s VP of Technology.

"It is important to make clear that all this work by IEEE and TIA is currently ongoing, but it certainly creates great expectation for the entire industry. Cat6a is the latest standard developed by TIA for twisted pair cable systems, and, although there have been rumors about CAT7, and CAT7A, these are not standards. Cat8 will be the new recognized standard, and it is very exciting and of great value for our customers that Anixter plays a part in this process" Jorge Rairán VP of Marketing at Anixter, said.

The good news is that while progress is made, we will abide by the current standards, which will support data rates beyond 10 Gig Ethernet for servers and Anixter, which for over 30 years has contributed to the development of knowledge, recommendations and the definition of standards for structured cabling. It will once again be a part of this breakthrough, and will remain to be their ally, helping our customers make the best technology decisions and giving them access to all our knowledge.

This work will continue to evolve so feel free to use Anixter as a resource, and a business partner. If you have questions about the infrastructure of high-speed networks, CAT 8, standards, please contact your local Anixter representative.