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July 16, 2010

The Skinny-Trunk Solution by CABLExpress Complies with IEEE 802.3ba Standard for 40 Gb/S & 100 Gb/S Ethernet Operations

By Raja Singh Chaudhary, TMCnet Contributor

CABLExpress, a provider of data center and cabling infrastructure solutions, copper or fiber-optic computer cables and connectors, structured cabling systems and storage components, has announced that Skinny-Trunk Solution, a new offering by the company comprehensively supports the recently released IEEE (News - Alert) 802.3ba standard for 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet operations.

An enhanced high-density trunking system by CABLExpress, the Skinny-Trunk Solution helps in increasing flexibility and improving performance in a structured data center. The solution is comprised of Skinny-Trunk fiber trunk assemblies, Skinny-Trunk Z-Mounts, Skinny-Trunk Harnesses, H-Series Enclosures and Skinny-Trunk Fiber Jumpers.
It provides advanced performance coupled with very low loss rates, so that the enterprises are able to enjoy the benefits of a structured cabling solution in accordance with the TIA (News - Alert)-942 recommended data center design standard. Further, it enables them in moving to 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s hardware products, without disturbing their previously established structured cabling system.

The Skinny-Trunk 24 assembly of CABLExpress had been launched in January 2009. The solution is equipped with a 24 fiber-optic MTP connector which is primarily an MPO-style connector. This connector provides 24 strands of condensed fiber-optic technology, and was an innovative offering in the industry, claim the company sources. Leveraging the Skinny-Trunk Solution, customers are able to implement structured cabling deployments, and can also meet the loss budgets of the new IEEE standard.

In the words of Peter E. Belyea, Vice President, Data Center and Cabling at CABLExpress, for company’s customers who have already invested in the Skinny-Trunk Solution, it remains a strong investment. Belyea continued that CABLExpress designs and manufactures its products to the highest performance levels, and those standards have been validated by the fact that its legacy Skinny-Trunk products already meet or exceed the data rates of this new standard. Customers that have invested in the Skinny-Trunk products have a strong migration path to the higher speeds, Belyea stated.

IEEE, a professional association that works for the enhancement of the technology on a global level, has described the new IEEE 802.3ba Ethernet standard as a platform that provides a larger, more durable bandwidth pipeline, and is helpful in addressing critical challenges facing technology providers today, such as the growing number of applications with demonstrated bandwidth needs far exceeding existing Ethernet capabilities. Both CXtec and TERACAI are engaged in providing the CABLExpress Skinny-Trunk Solution to the customers.

In January 2010, CABLExpress announced that the company had upgraded its Skinny-Trunk 12 fiber optic MTP or Multifiber Termination Push-On connector which features a high precision thermoplastic ferrule designed to reduce insertion loss.

Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri