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NetClear Copper Cabling Solutions Compliant to Recently Ratified IEEE 802.3an for 10 Gigabit Ethernet Systems

NEW LONDON, Conn. and NEW HOLLAND, Pa., July 18 // -- Ortronics/Legrand and Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company, have confirmed that both of their 10 Gigabit copper channel solutions, NetClear GTX and NetClear GTS comply with the recently ratified Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) 802.3an 10GBASE-T standard supporting a full-duplex transmission rate of 10 Gb/s.

As IEEE members, Ortronics/Legrand and Berk-Tek provided early input to the IEEE P802.3an task group to define the original performance requirements for 10 Gigabit Ethernet over twisted pair cable media. A major contribution to this task group was made by the Nexans Data Communications Competence Center (DCCC), located at Berk-Tek's New Holland, PA headquarters. The DCCC defined the 6-around-1 test method now used by the industry to characterize near end (PSANEXT) and far end (PSAELFEXT or PSAACRF) alien crosstalk in the channel. "The test represents a worst-case scenario, so we were able to provide IEEE and TIA with valid, real-life installation and channel performance data that contributed to the ratification of the 802.3an standard," states David Hess, technical manager, standardization and technology for Berk-Tek, who was actively involved in the IEEE Task Group.

As cabling industry leaders, Berk-Tek and Ortronics/Legrand were the first to guarantee two complete copper channel solutions for compliance to the 10GBASE-T channel specifications identified by the IEEE. The NetClear 10G copper solutions include the NetClear GTS (FTP), introduced in January, 2005, and NetClear GTX (UTP), introduced in May, 2005. Both systems have guaranteed 10GBASE-T support since their launch.

The shielding in the NetClear GTS system virtually eliminates external noise in the channel and provides alien crosstalk performance unparalleled by any UTP 10G system. The system includes Berk-Tek's LANmark-6 FTP cable with Ortronics' Clarity 6 FTP Category 6 patch panels with TracJacks, patch cords and modular jacks and outlets. NetClear GTX includes Berk-Tek's LANmark 10G Augmented Category 6 UTP cable together with Ortronics Clarity 10G UTP patch panels with patch cords, modular jacks and outlets and provides a full 625 MHz of usable bandwidth.

"One of the unique features of both NetClear 10 Gb/s systems is that the Ortronics Clarity patch cords are stranded and available in any standard length. This eliminates the restriction imposed by some manufacturers requiring the use of long length patch cords to achieve the desired channel performance, providing for easier cable management and better flex life," states Gregg Lafontaine, senior copper products manager for Ortronics/Legrand.

"Both of the NetClear 10G copper cabling solutions have been selected and installed to meet the current and future needs of some of the most demanding customer applications in the world," stated Todd Harpel, Director of Marketing for Berk-Tek. "We believe that the NetClear solutions provide our customers with the highest performance and greatest flexibility when it comes to preparing for the 10-Gigabit world."

About the NetClear Alliance

NetClear is a Technology Alliance between Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company, and Ortronics/Legrand to provide advanced, end-to-end co-engineered solutions for enhanced Category 5e, Category 6, Augmented Category 6 -- 10 Gigabit and optical fiber channels -- all backed by a 25-year warranty.

About Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company

For more than 45 years, Berk-Tek has been a leading manufacturer of more than 100 different network copper and fiber optic cable products designed to transport high-speed voice, data and video transmissions. For more information, visit

About Ortronics/Legrand

Ortronics/Legrand is a global leader in commercial Category 5e, Category 6 and 10 Gig copper, fiber optic, wireless and residential/MDU high performance, high capacity structured cabling systems. For more information, visit

Source: Ortronics/Legrand; Berk-Tek

Carol Everett Oliver of Berk-Tek,

or Laura Fradette of Ortronics/Legrand,

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