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For Immediate Release - November 2, 2010

Siemon high-speed interconnects pass 40 and 100 Gb/s interoperability testing

Siemon, a leading, global manufacturer of IT network cabling and infrastructure systems, today announced that its high speed interconnect products have passed key 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet testing at the Ethernet Alliance's (EA) recent Higher Speed Ethernet (HSE) subcommittee interoperability plugfest for IEEE Std. 802.3baTM-2010 40 and 100 Gb/s Ethernet.

Hosted by Ixia at its iSimCity lab in Santa Clara, CA and assisted by the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab, the plugfest was designed to verify interoperability of 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s test equipment, systems, NICs, transceivers and cabling. Testing included Siemon's Moray QSFP active optical and QSFP passive copper cable assemblies, multi-fibre MTP connectorised equipped OM3 and OM4 optical assemblies and singlemode fibre with SC connectors. All Siemon high-speed cable assemblies passed their respective 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s interoperability tests.

"The plugfest was instrumental in proving that the higher speed Ethernet ecosystem is ready for deployment," said David Schneider, marketing chair of the EA's Higher Speed Ethernet subcommittee. "Siemon's full line of cables fully interoperated with the transceivers and systems at the plugfest."

"With the recent activity in IEEE 802.3ab, this EA plugfest becomes absolutely crucial in signalling the commercial viability of high-speed Ethernet to the larger network infrastructure market," explained Randy Below, VP of business development at Siemon's Interconnect Solutions business unit. "It also allowed Siemon to highlight the breadth of its cabling line. We have end-to-end twisted pair and optical fibre systems supporting application speeds up to and beyond 10Gb/s, including category 6A shielded and UTP and fully-shielded category 7A TERA®, as well as XGLO® singlemode and multimode fibre. We can now add fully interoperable 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s passive twinaxial copper, active optical and passive optical interconnects to that list."

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About Siemon
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance low voltage infrastructure solutions and services for data centres, LANs and intelligent buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers a comprehensive suite of copper and optical fibre cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data centre power and cooling systems and intelligent infrastructure management solutions.

With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-standing commitment to its customers and the industry. Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven interconnect challenges. Siemon provides custom network infrastructure solutions to OEMs, leading manufacturers, value-added resellers and system integrators.
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