CHICAGO Methode Technical Components has introduced a new line of cable assemblies for copper Fibre Channel applications. Equipped with HSSDC, DB9 or IX3 connectors, the cable assemblies are suited for high-speed serial datacom systems such as storage-area networks (SANs), Fibre Channel switches, DASD and RAID mass-storage systems and other mission-critical applications, the company said.
Initially, the cable assemblies are offered in three families: basic cables with DB9 connectors on both ends, high-speed serial data interconnection cables with DB9 or HSSDC connectors or both, and internal drive adapter cables with DB9 and/or IX3 connectors.
The assemblies are manufactured in accordance with ANSI X3.303-1998 Fibre Channel FC-PH-3 specifications in a shielded quad-construction cable with what is said to be strong time delay and skew characteristics.
Connector-to-cable interface construction features the company's proprietary direct-attach technology, in which the individual conductors of the cable are tied directly to the printed-circuit board inside the connector. This eliminates the need for the usual transition connector and is said to provide more durability, fewer intermittents and a more tightly controlled impedance.
The Copper Fibre Channel Cable Assemblies are available in standard lengths of 1, 3, 5, 10 and 15 meters. Custom lengths are also available. Pricing is approximately $20.41 each for 3-meter-long DB9-to-DB9 cables in 500-piece quantities. Standard-length assemblies are available from stock. Each cable assembly has been individually tested and characterized, and each is shipped with a printout of its own specific test results.
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