Leviton's Announces Atlas-X1 Structured Cabling System

  • Leviton
BOTHELL, WA — Leviton announced the upcoming release of its new structured cabling system, Atlas-X1. The Atlas-X1 supports shielded applications from Category 8 to 5e and UTP applications from Category 6A to 5e, all from one unified connectivity platform. This comprehensive system is made in the United States, and delivers high levels of performance across all categories to seamlessly support network migration to 40GBASE-T.

The Atlas-X1 system has been tested and confirmed by Intertek, an independent electrical testing lab, to meet the current draft 2.0E of the TIA-568-C.2-1 Category 8 proposed standard (Oct. 2014). The pending standard defines performance and testing requirements up to 2 GHz for Category 8 cabling systems to support the operation of IEEE 802.3bq 40GBASE-T applications up to 30 meters.

“Members of the TIA TR-42.7 Subcommittee are working together toward the development of a new cabling category standard driven by end-user needs,” stated Antoine Pelletier, project engineer – ICT Cabling Products Testing, Intertek. “The successful Category 8 draft standard compliance of the Atlas-X1 solution shows the technical feasibility of copper twisted-pair cabling bandwidth increase, and the achievement of a milestone toward the future 40GBASE-T industry standard.”

Category 8 Performance
“We are excited to announce the new Atlas-X1 system has been confirmed by a third party to achieve Category 8 performance,” says Ross Goldman, executive vice president and general manager, Leviton Network Solutions. “The unique, all-new Atlas-X1 connector platform gives the installer a consistent termination method across the board, from Category 8 to Category 5e for shielded and from Category 6A to Category 5e for UTP installations.”

The new Atlas-X1 system has also been independently tested and is confirmed to exceed Category 5e, 6 and 6A UTP and shielded ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 standards.

Feature Rich, Rugged and Fast to Install
“The Atlas-X1 system delivers the highest guaranteed margins in both short and long channels,” says Goldman. “Atlas-X1 is feature rich, rugged, fast-to-install and includes innovative Leviton technologies that create a precisely tuned system. As a result, Leviton customers can be confident they are installing a reliable structured cabling system that delivers industry-leading performance and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.”

Atlas-X1 Category 8 connectivity will be part of the Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies Category 8 structured cabling system. This U.S.-made system uses pre-production Category 8 cable from Berk-Tek, supports a 30-meter channel, and has been independently tested to achieve Category 8 performance.

“Through our intimate involvement in the development of the Category 8 standard, Berk-Tek and Leviton have used our extensive cable and connectivity expertise to create an end-to-end channel that meets and exceeds the new draft standards,” stated Paul Trunk, President of Berk-Tek.

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