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For Immediate Release - October 28, 2010

New Siemon Z-MAX 6A Solid Cords optimize performance and extend the reach of Network Cabling Consolidation Points and Cross Connects

Solid conductor single and double-ended modular cords now feature Z-MAX's patented PCB-based RJ-45 Smart Plug technology

Z-MAX Category 6A Solid Cords optimize performance and extend the reach of Network Cabling Consolidation Points and Cross Connects

WATERTOWN, CT — Siemon today introduces innovative category 6A Z-MAX solid cords terminated to 23-22 AWG copper conductors for use in high-performance consolidation points and cross connects as an equipment cord.

Available in both 10Gb/s category 6A shielded and UTP configurations, these new solid cords feature the patented Z-MAX 6A RJ-45 Smart-Plug design that integrates a precisely tuned printed circuit board (PCB) into every plug. Normally found only in outlets, the integrated PCB provides enhanced signal tuning capabilities, allowing the cord's transmission parameters to be perfectly matched to the Z-MAX outlet. This Smart Plug technology supplies the best in class guaranteed category 6A margins when utilized as part of an end-to-end Z-MAX 6A cabling system.

Z-MAX's PCB-based plug design enables it to be terminated to either stranded or solid, shielded or UTP category 6A cables. The new Z-MAX 6A modular solid cords extend the distance reach from consolidation points and cross-connects compared to stranded cords, which must be de-rated per industry standards. Standard RJ-45 plugs cannot be factory or field terminated to most solid 6A cables due to their inability to accept the larger-diameter solid cable conductors. These historical limitations are eliminated with the Z-MAX plug.

In the Z-MAX plug, cable conductors are terminated to the PCB at the rear of the plug rather than directly to the plug contacts, as in traditional plugs. This not only supports larger conductor sizes, but minimizes the pair untwisting often responsible for transmission issues in standard plugs. In addition the Z-MAX plug features a unique Zero-Cross™ termination that eliminates the split pair and pair-cross condition responsible for increased signal noise and performance degradation common in non-PCB RJ-45 plugs. The plug's fixed front contacts also ensure proper mating with outlets to eliminate performance issues with contact height variability of traditional crimp-style terminations.

Standards compliant and fully backwards compatible with any standards-based RJ-45 outlet, Z-MAX category 6A cords feature a low profile boot design, which optimizes side-stackability of patch cords and enables usage in even the highest density connectivity environments. A cantilevered latch design further enhances the cord's high-density accessibility by allowing latch activation from further back on the boot. Removable colored clips allow simple, high-visibility field color-coding even when cords are connected.

In addition to the exclusive Z-MAX Smart-Plug enabled solid or stranded cords, Siemon's revolutionary Z-MAX end-to-end category 6A/class EA network cabling solution includes the innovative Z-MAX outlet, which offers best-in-class termination times of less than 60 seconds for both UTP and shielded varieties; one part number for both flat or angled work area mounting, high-density modular patch panels offering up to 48 ports in just 1 U; and Siemon's high performance category 6A shielded or UTP cable.

To receive more information about Siemon's end-to-end category 6A Z-MAX solution, and to access Z-MAX resources such as whitepapers, detailed specifications, termination videos and more, visit

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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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