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Category 6A - PowerCat™ 6A Solution

Category 6A - PowerCat™ 6A Solution

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In today’s bandwidth hungry climate with rapidly-emerging technology trends, never before has the need for a high speed networking solutions been more critical. Designed to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBase -T), Category 6A is an optimum speed structured cabling solution offering superior performance where speed, reliability, future proofing or long term tenancy is required.


Traditionally unshielded cabling solutions have been the system of choice in many markets. However, due to the 10-fold increase in data transmission requirements to support 10GBase-T applications, the implementation of a Category 6A cabling systems is significantly more complex than its predecessors and brings with it a number of issues relating to cabling layout and design, containment and alien crosstalk. The only effective way to counter these issues while still maintaining high-speed data transfer is via a shielded Category 6A solution.

Molex’s PowerCat™ 6A solution has been developed with the highest performing capabilities in mind. With improved data transmission over higher frequencies and enhanced noise suppression - why compromise? Our solution has been meticulously designed to provide the most advanced alien crosstalk mitigation and an insertion loss that surpasses all unshielded systems.

The Technology
By adopting a Category 6A shielded solution, the traditional implementation challenges faced when using unshielded are significantly reduced - alien crosstalk, cost of pathways and spaces, and the building infrastructure design. Shielded solutions bring about exceptional reliability at extreme speeds with greater bandwidth and headroom. Termination time of shielded products, once considered cumbersome, is now dramatically reduced mainly due to smaller cable diameter, improved cable management, tooling and connector technology.

Molex’s Category 6A Solution
To provide a superior performing network solution, we have developed our shielded product range. The Molex Category 6A shielded solution is designed specifically for high speed data transmissions demanding little room for error, while offering exceptional alien crosstalk suppression, excellent insertion loss and protection against Electromagnetic Interference (EMI).

Die-Cast shuttered Datagate™ Connector
The PowerCat 6A die-cast Shielded RJ45 Connector is the cornerstone of the PowerCat 6A System offering superior alien crosstalk mitigation and insertion loss. The spring loaded shutter means that it not only protects from dust and contaminants, but also ejects improperly seated or damaged patch cords.

Patch Panels
Robust 24 and 48 port panels supplied with equally robust cable management trays for cable strain relief and uniform cable dressing. The angled panel design provides enhanced port access and minimizes patch cord bend radius while eliminating the need for horizontal rack managers, thus allowing higher port density in racks - ideal for Data Center applications.

U/FTP Cable
Specifically designed to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBase-T), this high performance cable minimizes alien crosstalk and provides excellent signal isolation while eliminating the effects of EMI.

Patch Cords
Made from high quality shielded four pair 26AWG stranded wire and available in a range of colors and lengths, the PowerCat 6A shielded patch cords are pre-terminated with RJ45 shielded plugs and feature over-molded anti-snag strain relief boots.

Highlights of the Molex PowerCat™ 6A Solution:
  • 360° shielded connection with the die-cast shielded DataGate connector
  • Protection - the unique spring loaded DataGate connector shutter not only protects against dust, contaminants and unwanted ingress, but also ejects improperly seated or damaged patch cords
  • Reliability - cable management features help reduce stress on cables and maintain consistent performance
  • Excellent performance - end-to-end shielded solution for the support of Category 6A Systems

System Design


What is the difference between 10Gigabit Ethernet and Category 6A ?

10Gigabit Ethernet is the networking protocol ratified by IEEE. It is a 10 fold increase in the data transmission speeds from the preceding Ethernet standard. Category 6A is the structured cabling system standard for copper cabling systems that can support 10Gigabit Ethernet data transmission.

What is the difference in performance between Category 6 and Category 6A Structured Cabling Systems ?

Category  6 cabling systems operate at a frequency of 250 MHz and support Ethernet networks at speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second (1Gbps)

Category 6A cabling systems operate at a frequency of 500 MHz and support Ethernet networks at speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second (10Gbps).

For what applications should you consider using a Category 6A cabling system ?

Category 6A cabling systems should be used to support 10Gigabit Ethernet Data transmission. Additionally Category 6A systems  are ideal for use where data transmission speeds and network performance are critical or large data file transfers. Examples of this would be Data Centers, financial markets and Storage Area Networks (SAN's). A number of enterprises will also select Category 6A solutions as the system of choice from a future proofing perspective.

What are the standards for Category 6A cabling systems ?

There are a number of standards that relate to Category 6A cabling. - these are as follows:-
a) EIA/TIA - 568-B.2-10 - this standard relates to the  transmission performance specification for 100 Ohm Augmented Category 6 Cabling - this standard has been ratified and published.

b) ISO/IEC 11801A1.1 - this is the International Standards Organization stanadard for the channel performance of Category 6A Cabling systems - this standard has been ratified.

c) ISO/IEC 11801.A.1.2 - this standard relates to the individual components of the Category 6A cabling system - this standard is NOT yet ratified and is in draft form.

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