SYSTIMAX Solutions from CommScope, in collaboration with Solarflare Communications, confirmed that its SYSTIMAX GigaSPEED X10D Solution performed to their specifications in full-day certification test demonstrations of 10GBASE-T technology on 100 meter links held at the Solarflare labs in Irvine, California.
More exhaustive stress tests to continue the collaborative engineering effort are planned in the SYSTIMAX cabling labs in Richardson, Texas. The ability to utilize high-performance Ethernet connections for copper cabling is expected to lower the cost of 10 Gb/s networking, making it more accessible to data centers and enterprises. The recently published IEEE 802.3an-2006 Standard for 10GBASE-T requires all 10GBASE-T physical layer chips to reach 100 meters on Category 6A cabling.
The California-based tests were conducted using Solarflare's 10GBASE-T physical layer (PHY) evaluation boards and a 100-meter SYSTIMAX GigaSPEED X10D UTP channel in a worst-case, full-reach, 4-connector channel configuration (as specified in the TIA: Addendum 10 for Category 6A and ISO/IEC 11801: 2002 Amendment 1 for Class EA draft standards). A "six-around-one" configuration was utilized, with six disturbing cables tightly bundled around one "victim" or "disturbed" cable. The 10GBASE-T signals were launched through a generator at the standard XAUI interface to the PHY evaluation boards. The signals from the receive packets, or frames, at the far end transceiver were compared to those from the send frames. 10Gb/s Ethernet traffic was carried simultaneously on all six disturbing channels, simulating a worst-case environment for alien crosstalk. There were no errors detected during the certification demonstrations on channel lengths up to 100 meters.
Solarflare was the first PHY vendor to ship 100-meter, standards-compliant 10GBASE-T samples to customers in August 2006. "Solarflare has been committed to solving the hard technical problem of supporting the Ethernet standards and the building and cabling specifications that demand 100 meters. We have also heard the clear requirement from customers for 100-meter reach 10GBASE-T products," said Bruce Tolley, Vice President of Marketing at Solarflare. "The combination of our PHY with the GigaSPEED X10D 100 meter, 4-connector channel provided an impressive 26 dB Signal Noise Ratio (SNR)."
Tolley went on to explain that the testing validates that the next generation of standards-based Ethernet products for copper cabling is here. Tolley said that IT professionals can begin planning the cost-effective and easy move to higher-speed connectivity for their data centers and networks that 10GBASE-T makes possible.