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For Immediate Release - December 15, 2010

Both Shielded and UTP Versions of Siemon's Z-MAX 6A Cabling Systems Verified for ISO/IEC 11801 Category 6A Component and Channel Compliance

Independent, third party testing confirms that shielded and UTP Z-MAX 6A connecting hardware and cable achieve both component compliance and full channel compliance with the published version of ISO/IEC 11801

Watertown, CT — Independent, 3rd-party ETL testing confirms that both shielded and UTP versions of Siemon's Z-MAX 6A connectors and cable exceed all category 6A component performance parameters specified by newly published amendment 2 of ISO/IEC 11801, 2nd ed. and both IEC 60603-7-51 and IEC 61156-5 for category 6A connecting hardware and cable. As the ISO/IEC category 6A component performance requirements are more stringent than those set for category 6A components by TIA-568-C.2, achieving ISO/IEC compliance is considered a stronger indicator of overall category 6A system performance capabilities.

Performed by Intertek, an industry-recognized ETL testing provider, the assessed NEXT loss, return loss, insertion loss, FEXT loss, TCL, TCTL, DC resistance, DC resistance unbalance, PSANEXT loss, and PSAFEXT loss performance. The Z-MAX 6A shielded and UTP connecting hardware and cable showed performance headroom across all tested parameters.

In addition to component compliance to the more stringent ISO/IEC requirements, independent 3rd-party testing conducted by UL verifies that Siemon's Z-MAX 6A shielded and UTP end-to-end systems both exceed category 6A/class EA channel requirements specified by ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 and amendment 1 of ISO/IEC 11801 2nd ed. Z-MAX channel compliance includes both 100m, 4-connector topologies and short-reach, 5m, 2-connector topologies. This short link capability is particularly beneficial in data centers, where cabling channels are typically shorter. Shorter overall lengths can reduce cabling costs, decrease cable slack and create more easily managed pathways to improve airflow and thermal management.

"Along with the ISO/IEC and TIA category 6A channel test results, this ETL confirmation of component compliance further cements Z-MAX performance leadership," Explained Robert Carlson, Siemon's VP of Global Marketing. "Z-MAX has remained the highest-performing, fastest to terminate shielded or UTP category 6A system since its launch in January 2009."

Carlson attributes the Z-MAX 6A connector's high performance and industry leading termination time to its an exclusive linear termination module. The linear Z-MAX termination module eliminates split and crossed pairs and allows conductors to be laced quickly into position without pair crosses, thereby maintaining and protecting cable pair geometry for optimized transmission. This efficient conductor lacing process, combined with the simple, patent-pending Z-TOOL™ allows both shielded and UTP Z-MAX 6A outlets to be terminated in as little as 60 seconds from start to finish, including cable preparation.

The Z-MAX 6A 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 and enables ultra-high density patching, accommodating up to 48 ports within 1U (one rack mount space) in either shielded or UTP options.

Z-MAX 6A is supported by multiple work area faceplates and surface mount options in addition to a full suite of Siemon data center cabinet, rack and cable management products. To learn 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
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