In 1983, OCC Fiber worked with NASA and the U.S. Armed Forces to develop their signature durable fiber cable for extreme environments
In 1992, the early copper innovation paved the way for RJ-45 style connectors to achieve Category 5 levels of performance, allowing for Gigabit Ethernet data transmission speeds.
In 1994, the Category 5 patent was the first to be used extensively in Ethernet connections, telephonic systems and other data transmissions.
And in 2017, OCC Fiber has been granted the first patents on Category 8 Jacks and Plugs. History is being made with a new, innovative, and easy-to-terminate construction.
Touched upon in a previous blog, the category 8 (cat-8) cable was an elusive product at the beginning of the year but innovation, ingenuity, and a growing need for faster, reliable connections, the cat-8 is now closer to becoming a reality. The cat-8 will serve as a solution for the high-demand for high-speed communication for data centers, voice, video, and various bandwidth programs.
OCC Fiber has become the first to solidify the patent, meaning that they’ve tested, tinkered, and toyed with the latest cable to hit the ethernet market. They recently announced a few of the specifics that is making the cat-8 so exciting! One of which is a new look at the RJ-45 plug.
An RJ-45 plug is an 8 pin plug or jack that is commonly used to connect computers onto Ethernet-based local area networks (LAN). OCC Fiber has high hopes for the cat-8 and in order to reach high-speed goals, they knew they needed increase speed. They are now introducing a new RJ-45 plug that will reach data speeds of up to 40 Gb/s; that’s 4x the speeds of many of today’s users. Their new RJ-45 plug includes an internal circuit board that minimizes crosstalk and other factors that affect speed.
With a light shone on speed, the RJ-45 plug ensures cat-8 cabling performance of up to 2,000 MHz.
“Essentially, the new plug contains technology that provides advanced control of plug performance,” says Derrick Stikeleather, OCC Copper Connectivity Manager and Member of the TIA Engineering Subcommittee TR-42.7.
“In a conventional category style plug, the plug wires must be arranged in specific positions, leading to variations in performance. But when a circuit board is used, it basically eliminates the possibility of plug wire variations. It also means that electrical properties transition from a cable to a terminal in a more controlled fashion.”
Stikeleather later added that the innovations improves performance than traditional connectors. “Without this, achieving quality data transmission rates of 40 Gb/s would not be possible,” he explains.
To better technology, it often means that innovation is needed. OCC Fiber has taken the cat-8 cable under their wing to provide the cable we’ve all been looking for to achieve higher performance and speed.
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