Siemon Z-MAX 6A Cabling Systems Verified for ISO/IEC 11801

  • December 15, 2010
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December 15, 2010 - Independent, 3rd-party ETL testing confirms that both shielded and UTP versions of Siemon’s Z-MAX 6A connectors and cable exceed all category 6A component performance parameters specified by newly published amendment 2 of ISO/IEC 11801, 2nd ed. and both IEC 60603-7-51 and IEC 61156-5 for category 6A connecting hardware and cable. As the ISO/IEC category 6A component performance requirements are more stringent than those set for category 6A components by TIA-568-C.2, achieving ISO/IEC compliance is considered a stron gerindicator of overall category 6A system performance capabilities.Performed by Intertek, an industry-recognized ETL testing provider, the assessed NEXT loss, return loss, insertion loss, FEXT loss, TCL, TCTL, DC resistance, DC resistance unbalance, PSANEXT loss, and PSAFEXT loss performance. The Z-MAX 6A shielded and UTP connecting hardware and cable showed performance headroom across all tested parameters.In addition to component compliance to the more stringent ISO/IEC requirements, independent 3rd-party testing conducted by UL verifies that Siemon’s Z-MAX 6A shielded and UTP end-to-end systems both exceed category 6A/class EA channel requirements specified by ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 and amendment 1 of ISO/IEC 11801 2nd ed. Z-MAX channel compliance includes both 100m, 4-connector topologies and short-reach, 5m, 2-connector topologies. This short link capability is particularly beneficial in data centers, where cabling channels are typically shorter. Shorter overall lengths can reduce cabling costs, decrease cable slack and create more easily managed pathways to improve airflow and thermal management.“Along with the ISO/IEC and TIA category 6A channel test results, this ETL confirmation of component compliance further cements Z-MAX performance leadership,” Explained Robert Carlson, Siemon’s VP of Global Marketing. “Z-MAX has remained the highest-performing, fastest to terminate shielded or UTP category 6A system since its launch in January 2009.” About Siemon:Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specializing in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global offices, manufacturing and service partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of copper (unshielded and shielded twisted-pair) category 5e, category 6 (Class E), category 6A (Class EA) and category 7/7A (Class F/FA), and multimode and singlemode optical fiber cabling systems available. With over 400 patents specific to structured cabling, from patch cords to patch panels, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company's long-term commitment to its customers and the industry. Learn More

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