Leviton launches ‘Category 8’ system for data centres

leviton cat 8 system

Data centre infrastructure company Leviton has released its “Category 8” solution for the upgrading of facilities. 

Category 8 refers to standards released towards the end of last year and relates to copper networks in data centres.

These new copper networks are said to meet the requirements for 25 and 40 gigabits per second.

Leviton calls its new solution the Atlas-X1 platform and says it is cost-effective and easy to install.

Leviton says Category 8 solutions offer “a lower cost alternative to twinaxial cable, as well as fibre cable, in most short links”.

Leviton says its Atlas-X1 Category 8 Shielded System offers IT managers a “versatile” option for 25 and 40 Gb/s in the data centre access layer, using the globally adopted RJ-45 interface on the Atlas-X1 platform.

Leviton says the new system is fully backwards compatible to Cat 7A, Cat 7, Cat 6A, Cat 6, and Cat 5e cabling products and provides seamless auto-negotiation between active equipment.

Mark Dearing, senior product manager, copper, for Leviton network solutions, says: “The Atlas-X1 design simplifies network migration and upgrades, and the new Altas-X1 Category 8 System provides a high-performance solution that is easy to install.

“The Cat 8 jacks have the same advanced features as all shielded Atlas-X1 Category 6A, 6, and 5e jacks, including icons for clear network identification, a unified form factor for easy migration, and an ultra-fast termination method.

“The end-to-end system delivers the highest level of performance for 25GBASE-T and 40GBASE-T networks, resulting in a scalable and cost-effective infrastructure that grows as your business grows.”

Leviton says the complete Atlas-X1 Cat 8 system of connectors, patch cords, patch panels and cable is now available in Europe and the Middle East.