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For Immediate Release
15 March 2004

Mysticom and Siemon Extend 10 Gigabit Ethernet for Data Centre Applications

Recent tests have shown that the transmission distance of 10 Gigabit Ethernet for data centre applications can be almost doubled at half the cost of current copper solutions.

The tests carried out by Mysticom Semiconductor, a leading supplier of high speed communication integrated circuits (ICs), and Siemon, a global leader in the network cabling industry, show that Siemon's category 7/class F TERA™ cabling system with Mysticom's MY3124 XAUI Retiming Transceiver has extended transmission distance from 15 metres, currently supported by Infiniband® twinax copper solutions, to 25 metres.

The real time interoperability test included two MY3124, 10G XAUI-XAUI Retiming Transceivers operating over category 7/class F TERA™ cable assemblies achieving a post code BER of 10-16 for the entire duration of the 72 hour test simulating a network environment. This BER level was obtained using the most stringent IEEE approved 10 Gigabit Ethernet Standard Continuous Jitter Pattern Test (CJPAT).

"The increase in bandwidth and storage have created a need for cost effective multi-gigabit uplinks and interconnects in the enterprise and the data centre," said Wiren Perera, Mysticom's Vice President of Marketing. "Working with Siemon has allowed us to extend the reach of 10 Gigabit on standards based twisted pair copper cables and deliver cost effective solutions to these applications using our existing technology."

Applications such as server and gateway connectivity in data centres, storage area networks and switch aggregation require 10G links.

"Siemon is leading the industry for 10G transmission in data centres as well as applications that extend from the data centre to the desktop" said Robert C. Carlson, Siemon's Vice President of Global Marketing. "Siemon is actively involved in the 10G IEEE 802.3an Task Force and its category 7/class F TERA™ system will support 10G Ethernet over a full 100-meter, 4-connector channel model connecting data centres to enterprise network users."

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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.

Siemon TERA™

The Siemon TERA™, category 7/class F cabling system exceeds the requirements specified in the second edition of ISO/IEC 11801, "Information Technology - Generic Cabling for Customer Premises". The standardized cabling provides higher bandwidth performance and superior noise immunity for storage, switch-to-switch and data centre applications. The four quadrant fully shielded TERA™ connector and PiMF (pairs in metal foil) fully shielded cable provide superior immunity to electromagnetic interference, alien crosstalk and other sources of noise which may be found in data centre environments.

Two category 7/class F PCB mount TERA™ connectors fit within the XPAK and X2 multisource agreement (MSA) packages which allow for simple upgrades of the 10G Ethernet hot pluggable modules. MSAs define performance, interfaces, physical dimensions, and environmental conditions for the modules to enable low cost 10G solutions for extended distances.

Mysticom - www.mysticom.com

Founded in 1997, Mysticom provides complex DSP and mixed-signal VLSI solutions for use in high-speed communication systems. Mysticom's products range from 10/100 Mbps Ethernet PHY cores to 10Gbps transceiver integrated circuits (ICs) for Ethernet and backplane applications. Mysticom is one of the few companies in the world to have successfully developed high-speed physical layer networking technologies that can be used in local, metropolitan, and wide area networks. Mysticom is headquartered in Netanya, Israel with marketing, sales, design and customer support offices in Mountain View, California.

Mysticom MY3124

The MY3124 is a XAUI-to-XAUI Retiming device that has two identical 10 Gigabit Attachment Unit Interfaces (XAUI). The device has programmable data rates with an operating range from 1Gbps up to 3.1875Gbps. The MY3124 is intended to drive extended distances for point-to-point communications in applications requiring 10 Gigabit over copper and fibre links.

The device is well suited for stackable switch, chassis-to-chassis, and switch-to-server system inter-connections. The device features Mysticom's unique Signal Quality Index that is used in conjunction with adaptive line-conditioning software to fine tune five signal link parameters for optimal system performance.

Mysticom is a registered trademark of Mysticom Ltd. TERA is a trademark of The Siemon Company. All other registered trademarks or trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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CLEAR Communications
Susann Bladwell, PR Consultant
M: +49 (0)176 7863 4709
E: sbladwell@clearcommunictions.de

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