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Field-deployable shielded Cat 6A cable - digital audio format on Ethernet

Belden : 10 October, 2013  (New Product)
Belden has introduced a range of rugged high performance shielded Cat 6A cables for use in studios or in tactical field deployable audio/data installations. These exceptionally robust cables can be used in the harshest of environments, yet deliver reliable performance for maximum uptime.
Field-deployable shielded Cat 6A cable - digital audio format on Ethernet
Belden CatSnake Cat 6A tested cables deliver superior performance thanks to the 100% coverage of the pairs as these are individually shielded with Beldfoil aluminium/polyester foil and an overall braided shield.
The new Belden CatSnake Cat 6A cables are extremely robust and have exceptional flexibility and flex life. This makes them ideal for use in high traffic areas, such as in broadcast studios or in any type of tactical, field deployable audio/data installation. Moreover the compact, round cable design eases transportation and deployment.
Broadcast crews on the move routinely subject their cables to repeated pulling, flexing, bending and crushing. Under these circumstances, a conventional cable might develop discontinuities that could lead to degraded signal transmission — or the cable could even break. Durable and sustainable, Belden CatSnake Cat 6A cables offer the feel and look of a microphone cable. They will withstand repeated coiling and uncoiling during stage and live sound applications. These cables have been tested for repeated bending according the EN 50289-3-9-5, and exceed the required 100 bends (radius 40mm, weight 8kg) while maintaining electrical performance.
Belden’s shielded CatSnake features Beldfoil shielded twisted pairs with 24 AWG stranded bare copper conductors and polyolefin insulation and is RJ-45 compatible.  For simulating the coiling and uncoiling on a reel, the CatSnake Cat 6A has been subjected to a Track Chain test. Even after 1 million bendings (radius 100mm, length 5m, speed 3.5m/s) the cable performed according the electrical performance stated in the data sheet.
These cables meet the requirements of the latest digital audio formats that run on Ethernet cables. These applications include for example CobraNet, EtherSound, RockNet, DMX over Ethernet and Roland’s DigitalSnake. Their exceptional flexibility and flex life makes them easy to route through building walls and conduits in studio settings and other temporary installations. However, their exceptional physical and electrical characteristics make these cables ideal for use out of doors, in broadcast truck applications, in studios and for portable, professional broadcast use. 
Belden at SPS IPC Drives 2013
Industrial HiVision
Release 5.0 of the Industrial HiVision network management software, with its HiFusion tool, sets new standards in terms of network transparency and data communication availability:
All SNMP-enabled network infrastructure and terminal equipment can be integrated, along with any device-specific properties.
Thanks to MultiConfig, the same parameters can be configured simultaneously for multiple devices, both when commissioning the system and during subsequent live operation.
The network topology, including unmanaged switches and hubs, is automatically recognized and accurately visualized.
The OpenOCTOPUS online configurator enables the configuration of the ideal OCTOPUS switch for any individual application from over 30 water- and dust-resistant IP67/65/54 versions, thus also ensuring an excellent price-performance ratio.
  • The online configurator permits rapid selection of the switch that best suits any individual application scenario.
  • With over 30 different versions, the OCTOPUS family provides a high degree of flexibility.
  • All configurable variants ensure cost-effective data communication solutions in harsh industrial environments.
HiLCOS 8.8
The new HiLCOS 8.8 WLAN firmware, which can be installed on all BAT access points and BAT controllers, opens up a new range of options for using radio communication in the field of automation.
  • IPv6 routing guarantees future-proof communication via public WLAN networks.
  • Innovative frequency management ensures maximum WLAN performance.
  • Frequency analyses in the 2.4 GHz band identify any possible interference from other wireless devices.
Technical Support Plan
The 24x7 Technical Support Plan significantly increases the availability of Ethernet networks based on Hirschmann or GarrettCom equipment, and enhances the productivity of business processes.
  • Immediate and comprehensive support means that faults can be resolved quickly or even prevented in advance, for instance if the network has switched over to redundant operation as a result of an error.
  • Support is available around the clock, 365 days a year.
  • An annual lump sum payment lets the user precisely calculate and budget for twelve months at a time, bringing a greater degree of security to their planning.
LioN-R modules 
Thanks to their robust design and optimum functional dependability, the active I/O modules in the LioN-R series for Profibus DP guarantee reliable data communication even under the toughest environmental conditions. They are available with 16 digital input/output channels or with a combination of eight of each. 
  • Combined with the Easy Diagnostic system, the galvanic separation between the sensor/actuator channels and Profibus brings maximum availability of systems and machines.
  • Die-cast zinc housing and short-circuit proof outputs ensure mechanical stability and functional reliability. 
  • Standardized M12 connection technology boosts efficiency by reducing wiring complexity and simplifying rapid system expansion.
Ethernet data cable
The BE43802 Belden data cable is currently the only railway-approved Cat 7 product on the market that complies with class TX (EN 50155:2007) heat-resistance requirements. It also provides extra bandwidth for additional Ethernet applications that can bring enhanced comfort and safety to passengers.
  • The Ethernet data cable supports data rates of up to 10 Gbit/s.
  • Train manufacturers and operators benefit from higher system performance, lower costs, and extended functionality.
  • This new data cable has been specially developed for railway industry applications and complies with all the required standards. 
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