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SolarFlare Confirms Cables

Testing with SolarFlare confirms 10GBASE-T performance for three Siemon copper cabling systems

January 16, 2007

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WATERTOWN, Conn. -- Recent testing performed by Solarflare® Communications confirms that Siemon’s® 10G 6A™ UTP, 10G 6A F/UTP and Category 7/Class F TERA® copper cabling systems meet or exceed all 10GBASE-T performance parameters dictated by the now ratified IEEE 802.3an-2006 standard.

Three separate Siemon cabling systems were individually tested at Solarflare’s test facility (Irvine, CA). Utilizing Solarflare’s compliant IEEE 802.3an-2006 10GBASE-T 10Xpress™ PHY products, all tests were performed on 100 meter channel lengths, based on a worst-case six around one (6A1) alien crosstalk configuration. The 10GBASE-T standard requires that all PHY products claiming compliance with the standard perform on this 100 meter worst-case channel. More specifically, the 6A1 configuration simulates a worst-case alien crosstalk environment, with six disturber cables bundled tightly around a seventh victim cable. Full line rate 10Gb/s bi-directional Ethernet traffic was launched on each channel. A total of fourteen Solarflare 10GBASE-T compliant PHY cards were required to simulate a fully stressed environment (i.e. seven PHY’s utilized on each end of 6A1 configuration).

Solarflare Communications Inc.

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