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 Cliff Cat 6A 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 Cliff range of XLR Format Standard and FeedThrough 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 instrumentation, medical and industrial applications due to the format’s flexibility, security and reliability.
By utilizing the XLR chassis and standard panel cut-out Cliff’s wide range of standard and FeedThrough connectors can all be mounted on control panels with the same hole punched for every connector required. This simplifies panel design and allows connectors to be mixed-and-matched during assembly as required by individual system requirements.
Versions available include GJ45, HDMI, BNC and USB3.0 compliant single and dual USB versions in addition to the existing range which provides Analogue, Digital and Optical Feed-Through connectivity in formats including Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations – A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates.
John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments; “Cat 6A offers network installers the ever faster data transfer rates required by commercial and industrial systems. Our XLR format Cat 6A allows system integrators to mix and match connector solutions from our wide range of audio, opto, data and power connectors while only having to use one size of panel cut-out. Our very wide range of standard and FeedThrough connectors simplifies panel design and improves product aesthetics.”
Cliff Electronics are market leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors, leads, test lead sets and accessories for a wide range of markets and supply major international OEMs. As a UK manufacturer Cliff are able to respond quickly to customer’s needs for both standard products and custom designs. Cliff manufactures audio, optical and power connectors and accessories, general industrial connectors, foot pedals, lighting connectors, terminal posts and connection blocks, motors, fans and assembly aids. Cliff can also provide a wide range of leads including test and instrumentation, audio, instrument and power.
All versions of Cliff’s XLR footprint connectors are in full production and available direct from Cliff and via major Distributors in the UK and Europe.
Attached image shows the new Cliff XLR footprint Cat 6A connectors
About Cliff Electronics
CLIFF Electronic Components Limited was founded in 1977 to supply the music industry with connectors. Cliff has subsequently greatly expanded their products and services to become a high quality supplier to most professional and industrial markets. As both a manufacturer and a distributor, the expansion of their product range has established Cliff as a prime source for components. From audio into test leads and accessories, general industrial connectors, foot pedals, hand tools, production aids, lighting connectors, motors and fans. Cliff also manufactures and sources various types of leads including audio, instrument and power leads. Cliff also has extensive expertise in moulding and metalwork and can provide a design, engineering and manufacturing service for the production of customised components and assemblies. Our plastics expertise includes injection-moulding, blow-moulding, extrusion, sonic-welding and printing. Metalwork includes stamping, machining, aluminium extrusion, finishing and printing. We also have the facility to enable assembly, inspection and testing. Cliff’s UK and Far Eastern production plants are certified to ISO 9001 2000 and employ design, engineering, technical, marketing and sales personnel. Quality has always been of prime importance and the majority of CLIFF products are covered by approvals from organisations including UL and VDE.