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For Immediate Release
23 February 2006

Siemon's New 10G 6A™ F/UTP BLADEPATCH™ Patchcord Combines High-Performance Screened Construction with High-Density Capabilities

This innovative line of 10Gb/s capable RJ45 patchcords with patented push-pull latch is designed for high-density Blade Servers in data centres, server farms and other high-density environments.

Siemon has launched an Augmented Category 6 F/UTP (screened) version of its BladePatch™ patch cord. The 10G 6A F/UTP BladePatch is a unique RJ45-style patchcord which can be inserted and removed without the need to depress an external latch.

The patented push-pull internal latching mechanism locks the plug into position when pushed into the outlet or patch panel, and is removed by simply pulling back on the boot. As part of a 10G 6A F/UTP channel, this new BladePatch meets or exceeds all pending 10GBASE-T standard requirements, including alien crosstalk parameters.

Most 10Gb/s UTP installations require additional port spacing and lower density to meet strict alien crosstalk requirements. Siemon's 10G 6A F/UTP end-to-end system achieves higher density by controlling alien crosstalk through its screened construction rather than port spacing. The 10G 6A screened BladePatch's latching design and slim boot require less "finger space" around each patch cord making it the ideal patch cord solution for high-density 10Gb/s environments.

While it is designed to work with any RJ45-style outlet or patch panel, its ideal use is with blade servers. "BladePatch is designed with a slimmer boot than other patch cords, allowing tight side-stackability. When a telecommunications closet or data centre uses BladePatch patch cords in tandem with blade servers, they have the ultimate in high-density solutions," explains Tony Veatch, Siemon's BladePatch product manager.

Due to their superior alien crosstalk performance and smaller cable diameters screened (F/UTP) copper solutions are gaining adoption as a media of choice for support of 10GBASE-T. The addition of a 10Gb/s capable screened BladePatch underscores Siemon's commitment to providing the most comprehensive family of 10Gb/s solutions available.

"Rather than force our customers into a single 10Gb/s option, we developed our 10G ip family with three distinct end-to-end copper solutions," explained Robert Carlson, Siemon's VP of Marketing, "We can provide full standard-based channels in augmented category 6 UTP and F/UTP as well as in our TERA category 7/class F S/FTP solution."

For a video of the BladePatch in action, visit www.siemon.com/go/video

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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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