I’ve been idly wondering when coax cables will shrink to a smaller diameter. The weight of the coax alone causes some amount of failure when people don’t use cable management.
Spectra7 has released a thinner-gauge coax cable. The company writes:
Until now, fiber has been the only alternative for data centers looking for high-performance interconnects, as copper is typically too bulky and inflexible at these speeds. GaugeChanger™, however extends the life of copper with interconnects that are as fast and as thin as fiber, but at dramatically lower cost and lower power consumption.
There are many benefits to coaxial cables.
- Power consumption is lower. This is important for mega-cloud providers.
- Cost is cheaper overall because of fewer cable trays and fewer restraints.
- Less space. The current generation of active coax takes up a lot of space in storage.
- Easier installation. Thick cables are difficult to install and maintain the bend radius so the cable doesn’t kink.
Perhaps most interesting is that Spectra7 has convinced Foxconn to manufacture these cables. I wonder when Enterprise IT suppliers will bring this type of product to their supply chains? I wouldn’t hold my breath–it’s unlikely that our ‘customer-driven’ vendors will have customers asking for this product.
Spectra7 and Foxconn Partnership Retrieved 7 Nov, 2017