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TIA working on Category 8 standard

Article Courtesy of Cabling Installation & Maintenance . During a web seminar that updated viewers on goings-on within several cabling-standards-making organizations, Nexans’ technical manager for standards and technology Paul Vanderlaan explained that the TIA TR-42.7 Subcommittee has selected “Category 8” as the nomenclature for the next-generation twisted-pair cabling specifications they are in the early stages of developing. The most recent TR-42.7 meeting was held the week of October 1, and Vanderlaan stressed in the presentation that progress on the next-generation twisted-pair cabling specifications is in its earliest stages. One bullet point from Vanderlaan’s presentation effectively sums up that reality: All electrical parameters have TBD values. While no “definites” could be stated, Vanderlaan did say that the alien-crosstalk performance values being discussed suggest that Category 8 will be a shielded system. He also added that the anticipated connector interface will be the RJ-45, but the prospect of backward-compatibility of Cat 8 to previous-generation Category RJ-45 interfaces is not guaranteed. It is very early in the game on this standard, stay tuned on further developments.