What is a Cat8 Ethernet Cable and the Application?
Category 8 cable, the standard for next-generation twisted-pair cabling specifications, will allow you to transport data up to four times faster than Category 6A cabling already being used. It is an Ethernet cable which differs greatly from the previous cables in that it supports a frequency of up to 2 GHz, and is limited to a 30-meter 2-connector channel. As you can expect CAT 8 provides better frequency characteristics, therefore supporting higher speeds of data. While Cat8 cable requires shielded cabling as well.
Also, for now, Cat 8 cabling systems will be limited to the access layer in data center networks. For data center managers, Cat 8 offers some huge benefits. When planning for networks greater than 10 Gb/s in the access layer, the decision of which cable type to use largely depends on the network topology you prefer: Top-of-Rack (ToR), End-of-Row (EoR), or Middle-ofRow (MoR). Cat 8 will be able to support all of these topologies. Cat.8 wiring scheme will be mainly used in the data center. So when building a new data center, it is recommended to use CAT.8 structured cabling to meet updates and higher bandwidth in the future.
The Category 8 Standard from ANSI/TIA 568.2-D
The Category 8 is the same cabling system as prior categories; it is simply made to perform at the much higher bandwidth. Compare to other categories you can expect CAT 8 to provide better frequency characteristics, therefore supporting higher speeds of data. Cat8 can also support 25Gbps/40Gbs speeds. The physical appearance of CAT 8 cable is similar to lower category cables and still terminated in RJ45 connections. For comparing different category Cabling Standards, we can see the table below.
Category 8 Application
In Category 8, We also have 22AWG cable which meets POE and suitable for far distance 4k audio transmission. Most importantly, Category 8 will provide faster data transmission-up to four times than Category 6A. Another good reason to apply Category 8 cable is cost savings. Twisted pair copper cabling has always been the most cost-effective way to deploy a given Ethernet speed due to the low cost of the copper channel.
Category 8 Channel Configuration
The STP keystone jack has extreme performance for edge data centers, it can support 40Gbps and 25Gbps up to 30 meters from switch to servers. Crxconec provide the Cat.8 stranded patch cord with 24AWG or 26AWG cable, and solid patch cord with S/FTP 22AWG assemblied with CAT.8 Field plugs to work with the Category 8 channel applications. Also the Cat.8 S/FTP 22AWG solid wire cable to pass the Fluke Cat.8 channel test with the maximum length 24 meters. With the tool free field termination plug, it can be applied to the transmission of audio and video applications.
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