KRONE was the first company in the world to demonstrate - at the IEEEstandards conference, November 2003 Albuquerque USA - a technologicalbreakthrough that would, for the first time, permit such a high data speed tobe transmitted over an unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable based on trustedCategory 6 technology. CopperTen complies with all the Category 6 standards,yet has 10 times the data capacity.
Leading independent consultant Steve Banks, recently specified and completedthe installation of some 70km and 2,000 patch panel ports of KRONE CopperTenfor a major international bank's London data centre. Said Banks, "Other possibilities for 10Gigabit/s data transmission, such asshielded augmented Category 6 and Category 7, have not achieved significantacceptance outside parts of central Europe and Scandinavia. KRONE hasrecognised that the majority of the world's design and installation skillsare based around UTP cabling and Category 6 installation practices.CopperTen will enable users to install a system today that works withexisting 10/100/1000 Mbit/s equipment and yet has the capacity for10Gigabit/s when the electronics are introduced in 2005."
KRONE's patent-pending technological breakthrough is the development of theCopperTen cable. Based on existing Category 6 technology it solves thethorny problem of alien crosstalk (interference from adjacent cables), whichhas until now required shielded cables to be used. The cable is ellipticalrather than circular and uses several novel techniques to ensure thathowever the cables are installed there will always be sufficient separationto achieve the necessary performance.
So confident is KRONE in this solution that it is warranting 18Gigabit/s"Shannon capacity." In addition to this significant increase in throughput,all KRONE CopperTen cables, connectors, patch panels, and patch cords exceedthe TIA/EIA and ISO standards for Category 6. As a result, they can be usedas a direct replacement for existing Cat 6 systems ensuring full backwardcompatibility.