Category 8 update from Anixter

There’s a lot of consensus within the industry to develop the next generation standard. As we are developing these standards, there is going to be a lot of market confusion as to what is the appropriate media type to use for speeds beyond 10 Gig Ethernet. On the TIA side, there’s the next generation task force group that’s actually working on the next generation cabling specification. The term that they’re currently using for the cabling system is Category 8. There are a few things that we know about Category 8:

1. Up to 50 meters

2. At least two connectors

3. Shielding to be determined—a lot of deliberation in the communities as to what is the appropriate media type.

via Category 8 | Anixter.

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About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth.

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