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Belden DataTwist 3600 cables, in Bonded-Pair or nonbonded-pair design, offer increased bandwidth for Category 6 networks

  • 10 June, 2009 15:10

<p>Belden, a world leader in the development of signal transmission products for enterprise, industrial, building management, broadcast and security applications, has introduced its DataTwist 3600 cables, a series of UTP copper cables that meet and exceed TIA/EIA requirements and offer significant headroom for Category 6 installations.</p>
<p>The new cables are designed to support Belden's Category 6 IBDN System 3600, which delivers high throughput and error-free performance in high-traffic and high-bit-rate applications. Belden Integrated Building Distribution Network (IBDN) is a global leader in high performance, high density low TCO premise networks.</p>
<p>The DataTwist 3600 cables feature a smaller diameter and increased bandwidth to enable high-density installations. The cables provide extremely stable transmission characteristics, plus a signal-to-noise ratio that ensures error-free performance in Local Area Networks where noise and interference could be of concern.</p>
<p>The cables are a part of the Belden IBDN System 3600, which delivers 280 MHz of usable channel bandwidth while surpassing Category 6 requirements as per the TIA/EIA-568-B.2-1 standard.</p>
<p>Belden DataTwist 3600 cables consist of 4 pairs of 23 AWG insulated copper conductors with a round flexible core construction. Their patented design incorporates a central spline to provide pair separation, and matched conductors on all four pairs for superior electrical performance.</p>
<p>Belden DataTwist 3600 cables can be specified in either a nonbonded-pair design or in Belden's patented Bonded-Pair design.</p>
<p>Adam Callender, Belden's regional manager for Australia and New Zealand said Bonded-Pair cables have an ultra-robust construction in which the individual conductors are securely bonded along their longitudinal axis to guarantee uniform spacing within each twisted pair.</p>
<p>"This is a key factor in maintaining superior performance and cable integrity through the stresses of installation and is key to ensuring that the bandwidth is available reliably for the life of the installation, which for some clients could be two decades or more. Bonded-Pairs remains a key technology that our clients rely on for their commercial and industrial premises. Further ensuring our IBDN system has headroom is that it exceeds industry standards and is robust to ensure performance and reliability," Mr Callender said.</p>
<p>"Belden Bonded-Pair cables can provide additional reassurance when deployed in mission-critical data centres, in networks having frequent moves, adds and changes, and networks in which electrical noise and interference are high. Belden guarantees the performance of the cable after it has been installed, through our Certified System vendors, offering a parts and labour warranty for 25 years. This provides end-users with peace of mind, delivered by a company that has been in the cabling business for 107 years."</p>
<p>Belden DataTwist 3600 cables are available in a wide selection of colours and in plenum or low smoke/zero halogen designs. Both Bonded-Pair and nonbonded-pair designs offer a small diameter for higher density installation, which is especially valuable for cable runs inside conduit.</p>
<p>Packaging options include spool or spool-in-box, with both featuring a descending sequential marking scheme to show exactly how much cable remains on the spool or in the box. For installers, this translates into faster, easier installation with less waste. It also aids in inventory management.</p>
<p>For more information call 1800 500 775 or download the Belden DataTwist 3600 cables New Product Bulletin 295 from</p>
<p>About Belden
As a customer focussed company, Belden ensures that its customers’ communications infrastructure issues are resolved and that they benefit from the best signal transmission performance for their investment. Belden delivers leading-edge copper and fibre cabling/connectivity systems, wireless technologies and active switch devices. Its partners span the globe, helping its customers design, install, operate and maintain their communications applications. Belden's vast experience includes expertise in enterprise, industrial, infrastructure, transportation, professional and enterprise audio and video, and government applications. With 2008 revenues of $2.0 billion, Belden has manufacturing capability in North America, Europe and Asia. It is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BDC).</p>
<p>General enquiries: Tel: 1800 500 775 or Email:</p>
UTP = unshielded twisted pair;
TIA/EIA = Telecommunications Industry Association/Electronic Industries Alliance;
TCO = total cost of ownership;
IBDN = Integrated Building Distribution Network;
AWG = American Wire Gauge;
Category 6 (Cat 6) = a cable standard for Gigabit Ethernet and other network protocols that is backward compatible with the Category 5/5e and Category 3 cable standards. Cat-6 features more stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise.</p>

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