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For Immediate Release - January 29, 2009

Siemon Launches Groundbreaking Z-MAX™ Network Cabling Solutions

Completely new and innovative RJ-45 category 6A system offers best-in-class performance margin across all critical cabling parameters and termination times under 60 seconds in both UTP and shielded configurations

Z-MAX Category 6A Cabling System

Watertown, CT — Siemon is proud to introduce the new Z-MAX end-to-end network cabling solution, designed from the ground up at Siemon Labs to shatter the previously accepted limitations of the RJ-45 interface. This revolutionary category 6A twisted pair copper family is available in category 6A UTP and shielded configurations, with both varieties supplying the best guaranteed category 6A margins and fastest termination times in the industry.

Z-MAX cords feature an exclusive RJ-45 Smart-Plug design which integrates a precisely tuned printed circuit board (PCB) into every plug. The PCB-based Smart Plug's enhanced signal tuning is perfectly matched to the Z-MAX outlet, providing unparalleled end-to-end system. The Z-MAX Smart Plug's Zero-Cross™ termination process also eliminates the split pair and pair-cross condition that is the primary cause of inconsistent or degraded transmission performance common in traditional, non-PCB RJ-45 plugs.

Siemon's Zero-Cross termination technology carries into the Z-MAX outlet, which utilizes a patent-pending linear termination module to eliminate split and crossed pairs. The linear Z-MAX termination module allows conductors to be laced quickly and naturally into position without pair crosses, maintaining and protecting cable pair geometry for optimized transmission performance consistency and removing a significant source of noise and interference present in all other RJ-45 outlets.

The Z-MAX outlet also features exclusive diagonally-oriented IDC contact technology. This unique diagonal configuration maximizes distance between contacts within side-stacked outlets compared with traditional rectangular contact layouts. Maximizing pair-to-pair separation between adjacent outlets minimizes alien crosstalk even in the most dense category 6A patching environments. Z-MAX's enhanced noise resistance in both UTP and shielded Z-MAX systems enables ultra-high density patching with up to 48 ports within 1U of rack or cabinet space.

The innovative combination of Z-MAX linear termination module and outlet is also at the heart of the system's best-in-class termination time. Using the simple, patent-pending Z-TOOL™, both UTP and shielded outlets can be terminated in as little as 60 seconds from start to finish, including cable preparation. To further enhance flexibility and user-friendliness, Z-MAX work area outlets feature an exclusive hybrid flat/angled design that allows both flat and angled mounting orientations with the same outlet. Newly enhanced high visibility printed icons provide a complete color coded identification system.

The Z-MAX UTP system also features Siemon's new reduced-diameter category 6A UTP cable, a design that nearly equals the pathway space savings possible with the category 6A F/UTP cable utilized in the shielded Z-MAX system without sacrificing alien crosstalk performance.

To receive more information about Siemon's end-to-end category 6A Z-MAX solution, and to access Z-MAX resources such as whitepapers (including Siemon's Z-MAX Structured Cabling Solution: Reinventing the RJ-45 for Tomorrow's Network), detailed specifications, termination videos and more, visit:


About Siemon
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specializing in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance IT infrastructure solutions and services for Data Centers, LANs and Intelligent Buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suites of copper and optical fiber cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data center 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. Through an ongoing commitment to waste and energy reduction, Siemon's environmental sustainability benchmarks are unparalleled in the industry, including 179% global carbon negativity and zero-landfill status
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. We provide custom network infrastructure solutions to: OEM's, Leading Manufacturers, Value-Added Resellers and System Integrators.


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