Cat 6A connector added to 24mm panel range

Louise Davis

Cliff Electronics has introduced a Cat 6A connector to its range of 24mm diameter XLR panel cut-out connectors.

The widely used Cat 6 standard is a long established standardised twisted pair cable and connector configuration for Ethernet and other network physical layers that is backward compatible with the Category 5/5e and Category 3 cable standards.
Cat 6 features more stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise than earlier Cat 5 and Cat 5e versions and the latest version, Cat 6A (Augmented Category 6) is specified to 500 MHz and has improved crosstalk characteristics allowing 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-T) to be run for the same 100m maximum distance as previous Ethernet variants.
The new XLR format connector is available with a black plastic flange or a more robust cast aluminium version and can be bought as a single connecter or pre-assembled in 1U, 19” rack panels with up to 16 XLR panel cut-outs offering systems integrators simplified assembly, reduced manufacturing time, component count and cost.
The XLR Format Standard and feed-through connector range allows designers to simply integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio, instrumentation and industrial applications.
Cliff’s XLR format connectors take advantage of the standard 24mm panel cut out widely used in audio and broadcast systems and which is finding increasing popularity in instrumentation, medical and industrial applications due to the format’s flexibility, security and reliability.