UTP Cabling System supports 10 gigabit Ethernet service.

Press Release Summary:

Belden IBDN System 10GX provides users with end-to-end UTP cabling solution for 10 gigabit Ethernet service with frequencies up to 625 MHz. Copper-based product provides seamless upward migration path from existing 100Base-T and 1000Base-T cable plants. It is built around enabling technologies such as SpiralFleX(TM) cable design, MatriX IDC(TM) design and patch panel circuit layout, X-Bar(TM) installation device, and FleXPoint PCB(TM) technology.

Original Press Release:

Belden CDT Networking(TM) Unveils Belden IBDN(TM) System 10GX(TM): The Most Advanced Structured Cabling System for 10 Gigabit Ethernet

FORT MILL, S.C., Jan. 24 -- Belden CDT Networking, a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of a broad range of cabling and connectivity components and structured cabling systems for the commercial communications market, announces the launch of its Belden IBDN System 10GX -- a revolutionary end-to-end UTP cabling solution for 10 Gigabit Ethernet service. The Belden IBDN System 10GX was designed and engineered from the ground up to meet the high-speed, high-bandwidth needs of 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks today -- and in the future.

According to Bill Miller, Belden CDT Networking's Director of Marketing for the Americas: "Unlike other 10 Gigabit Ethernet offerings currently on the market, our 10GX solution is not simply an improved or boosted Category 6 system, but rather a whole new UTP solution designed around a series of dynamic enabling technologies. In addition, because it is copper-based, the Belden IBDN System 10GX offers the greatest overall economies in new installs, plus it provides a seamless and cost-effective upward migration path from existing 100BASE-T and 1000BASE-T cable plants. Commercial enterprises can therefore optimize their IT strategy and network performance while protecting their technology investments."

Belden IBDN System 10GX Components and Enabling Technologies

The major technological challenges in designing a 10G system are to reduce Alien crosstalk to a level that is about 15dB, or 30 times lower than the ANEXT performance for 1000BASE-T at 100 meters. Secondarily, a top-performing 10G system should provide controlled performance during high frequency operation up to a minimum of 500 MHz. With its performance-enabling technologies, the Belden IBDN 10GX solution has successfully overcome these challenges. In fact, as witnessed by ETL, on every critical parameter -- NEXT, PSNEXT, Alien PSNEXT, ELFEXT and PSELFEXT, Alien PSELFEXT, Insertion Loss and Return Loss -- the 10GX solution delivers guaranteed channel performance well beyond the proposed standard, up to 625 MHz.

Belden CDT Networking built its 10GX solution around a series of patent-pending enabling technologies which serve to optimize the performance of each critical component of the solution -- 10GX Modular Cords, 10GX Patch Panels, 10GX Cables and 10GX Modules. These technologies include:

-- SpiralFleX(TM) Cable Design. The 10GX system's cable is on an innovative SpiralFleX design that consists of two elements: a filler twisted around the four cable pairs and a unique internal cross-web design. These features both increase and randomize the distance between a cable and its neighboring cables, resulting in greatly improved Alien crosstalk coupling and Return Loss channel characteristics.

-- MatriX IDC(TM) Technology. A patent-pending IDC design and patch panel circuit layout is utilized which positions each IDC at 90 degrees to its neighbor -- effectively canceling out the Alien crosstalk between modules by 15dB as compared with traditional technology.

-- X-Bar(TM) Installation Device. The X-Bar is a control device that affixes to the module to enable the accurate positioning of each UTP pair for termination on the 10GX Module's IDC pins. This X-Bar design enables installers to maintain the proper conductor twist lays during installation to prevent untwisting. This assures Installable Performance(R), or the after-installation assurance that no termination errors have been committed.

-- FleXPoint PCB(TM) Technology. The modules feature patent-pending FleXPoint technology. This technology utilizes a flexible printed circuit board within the module that allows the compensation circuitry to be located directly at the point of plug contact. This reduces the delay between the source of the crosstalk in the plug and the crosstalk cancellation circuitry on the PCB, resulting in a dramatic reduction in crosstalk at frequencies up to 625 MHz.

Advantages of the Belden IBDN System 10GX

Today, 10 Gigabit Ethernet Structured Cabling Systems have proven viable for data centers, campus backbones and other current applications. They also provide the extended bandwidth and reliable power distribution required to handle new and emerging applications for which there is growing demand. These data-intensive applications include uncompressed high resolution digital video, medical imaging, digital animation, CAD/CAM, high-speed data storage, cluster computing, advanced multimedia security systems, and high-performance IP-based services such as Voice-over-IP (VoIP).

Clearly, greater bandwidth in 10G service will be increasingly required as voice, data and video networks converge onto a single infrastructure -- and the Belden IBDN System 10GX delivers what is needed for today's high-performance applications -- and tomorrow's. In addition, the 10GX solution mitigates and simplifies structured cabling system installation issues to ensure long life and superior system performance.

Each Belden IBDN 10GX solution is also supported by a series of warranties that add important end-to-end system performance guarantees and ensure full compliance with cabling industry standards -- even after system installation. A 25-year Product Warranty and a Lifetime Application Assurance program accompany each Belden IBDN 'Certified' System installation. These warranty programs include coverage for both parts and labor.

For more information about Belden CDT Networking's Belden IBDN System 10GX, please call 1-800-262-9334. Or visit the Web site at www.beldenibdn.com/ .

About Belden CDT Networking

Belden CDT Networking, a unit of Belden CDT Inc., is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of a broad range of cabling and connectivity components for the commercial communications market. The division offers both cabling components as well as complete end-to-end structured cabling systems, i.e., Belden IBDN System 10GX, Copper and FiberExpress(TM) System Solutions. Headquartered in Fort Mill, South Carolina, Belden CDT Networking has manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe, and distribution centers in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Australia and the Netherlands. A majority of this division's manufacturing, engineering and support functions are registered to the International Organization for Standardization.

Belden CDT Inc. (NYSE:BDC), formed in July 2004 through the merger of Belden Inc. and Cable Design Technologies Corp., is one of the largest U.S.-based manufacturers of high-speed electronic cables and focuses on products for the specialty electronics and data networking markets, including connectivity.

Belden CDT Networking

Alison McCreath

Web site: http://www.beldencdt.com/

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