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General Specifications
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   Bulk Cable       Bulk cables are sold by the foot or in reels. 
   Cable Assembly       Cable assemblies are collections of wires or cables banded into a single unit with connectors on at least one end. 
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   LAN / Ethernet       Ethernet is a local area network (LAN) protocol that uses a bus or star typology and supports data transfer rates of 10 Mbps. The Ethernet specification is the basis for the IEEE 802.3 standard, which specifies the physical and lower software layers. To handle simultaneous demands, Ethernet uses carrier sense multiple access / collision detection (CSMA/CD) to monitor network traffic. 
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   AS-i       The AS-interface (AS-i) is a network system for the lower field range of the automation level. It is appropriate for networking binary actuators and sensors. Through the use of a special IC, it is possible to integrate AS-i directly to small devices in a cost-effective manner. 
   ATM       ATM cables are designed for asynchronous transfer mode (ATM). 
   CC-LINK       CC-LINK is a high-speed, industrial communications protocol that enables devices from different manufacturers to communicate. 
   Fieldbus       Fieldbus is a general digital communications protocol for industrial applications. It is used to link industrial devices such as actuators, sensors, transducers, controllers, and other industrial components. 
   CANopen       CANopen is an industrial communication fieldbus protocol based on CANbus. 
   IEEE 1394 (FireWire®)       IEEE 1394 or FireWire® is an interface standard adopted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for very fast digital data transfers such as streaming video. IEEE 1394 connectors are used to transmit and receive data among FireWire devices. They are designed to replace external high-speed peripheral connections to personal computers, including hard disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, graphics cards, high-speed scanners, direct video, monitors, etc. Tiny, robust FireWire connectors will also become important parts of home entertainment, communication, and appliance networks. FireWire is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.  
   IDE/EIDE Cable       Cables are used to connect IDE or IIDE devices, such as hard drives, to the computer. 
   Fibre Channel       Fibre channel is a high-speed, serial data transfer architecture that uses links of twisted-pair, coaxial, or fiber optic cable. Small computer system interface (SCSI) devices can use fibre channel arbitrated loop (FC-AL), the most popular fibre channel typology. Using optical fiber, FC-AL supports full-duplex data transfer rates of 100 Mbps. Eventually, FC-AL is expected to replace SCSI in high-performance storage systems. 
   Patch Cable / Cord       Patch cables or patch cords are flexible cables terminated at both ends with a plug. They cables are used for interconnecting circuits on a patch panel. 
   Parallel       Parallel interfaces simultaneously transmit multiple bits of data over separate lines (e.g., eight hits over eight lines). They are usually unidirectional. 
   SCSI       Small computer systems interface (SCSI) is an intelligent I/O parallel peripheral bus with a standard, device-independent protocol that allows many peripheral devices to be connected to the SCSI port. A single SCSI bus can drive up to eight devices or units, the host adapter or controller, and seven other devices. Each device is assigned a different SCSI ID, ranging from 0 to 7.  SCSI formats include SCSI-1, SCSI-2, SCSI-3, Wide SCSI, Fast SCSI, Wide Fast SCSI, Ultra SCSI, Ultra2 SCSI, Ultra3 SCI (Ultra160), Ultra 320 SCSI, and Ultra640 SCSI. 
   SAS Cable       Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) cables are used to support SAS disk drives and other components at data rates of up to 3Gbps. 
   SFP+ Cable       Small Form Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP+) cables are high connectivity cables supporting up to 10Gbps Ethernet and Fibre Channel devices. 
   PCIe Cable       PCI Express (PCIe) cables are high-performance cables used in networking, storage, peripheral devices, and other application. 
   Serial / RS-232/422/485       Serial technology transmits data sequentially, one bit at a time. Serial protocols include RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, and others. 
   USB       Universal serial bus (USB) is a 4-wire, 12-Mbps serial bus for low-to-medium speed peripheral device connections to personal computers (PC), including keyboards, mice, modems, printers, joysticks, audio functions, monitor controls, etc. The USB design is standardized by the USB Implementers Forum (USBIF), an organization that includes leading companies from the computer and electronics industries. The current USB specification is USB 2.0, which supports data transfer rates of up to 480 Mbps. 
   Other       Other, unlisted or proprietary cable types. 
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Cable Construction
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   BNC       BNC connectors are very secure bayonet-style locking connectors that are used in broadcasting gear for both video and radio signals. It is also common on professional test equipment. In consumer audio/video, BNC connectors are used mostly in high-def. set-top receivers and high-end video monitors, often as RGB or component video inputs.  This connector is used on older monitors, frame buffers, and accelerators. Many third party monitors also have this connector. 
   Centronics® 36       Centronics®36 is used for standard parallel Centronics printers. It is similar to the Centronics 50, but not as wide. Centronics is a registered trademark of the Centronics Corporation. 
   Centronics® 50       Centronics® 50 was once quite common on third-party peripherals. 
   DB9       DB9 connectors are used on older monochrome monitors. 
   DB15       DB15 is a D-Shell connector that was used for pre-sun4 keyboard connections, such as the Type-3 keyboard. The standard AUI connector is used for network connections. 
   DB25       DB25 is a 25-pin used for both serial and parallel ports on computers. Sometimes, DB25 is used for controlling audio gear by computer or on THX gear, to connect multiple audio channels with one cable. DB25 is also used in custom installations where numerous cables must be bundled. It’s used for some RS232 and RS423 serial connections. Finally, DB25 is also used for the parallel connection on IBM printers. 
   DB37       DB37 is a D-shaped connector with 37 pins. It is used commonly in RS449 cable assemblies. 
   DB50       DB50 is a D-shaped connector with 50 pins arranged in three rows. It is used as the SCSI connector on some Sun workstation models. 
   DB68       DB68 is a 68-pin SCSI-3 connector. It is found on the cables used to connect external peripherals to a differential or wide SCSI interface. 
   DIN / Mini-DIN       DIN connectors adhere to standards from Deutsches Institut fur Normung (DIN), a German national standards body. 
   DVI-A       DVI-A connectors transmit analog data only. They are designed to connect older equipment, such as analog VGA monitors, to newer digital devices. 
   DVI-D       DVI-D connectors transmit digital data only. This is the most common connector type. 
   DVI-I       DVI-I connectors are integrated products that transmit both analog and digital data. Some video cards use this connector type so that either a DVI digital screen or analog VGA monitor can be connected. 
   M1-DA       DVI-MI (M1-DA) connectors transmit analog, digital, and universal serial bus (USB) data. USB is an external bus standard that supports data transfer rates of 12 Mbps. 
   4-Pin       4-pin FireWire connectors. 
   6-Pin       6-pin FireWire connectors. 
   9-Pin       9-pin FireWire connectors. 
   High Density 15       High Density 15 is a standard connector for monitors and video cards. 
   HSSDC       High-speed serial data connection (HSSDC) cable connectors are designed to facilitate gigabit-per-second (Gbps) data transmissions. 
   Internal 50-pin SCSI       Internal 50-pin SCSI connectors are used for internal SCSI-1 / SCSI-2 applications: hard drive, CD-ROM, removable storage drive. 
   RJ-11       RJ-11 is the common modular telephone jack. It is used universally on phones, modems, and faxes. RJ-11 connectors are also used in satellite TV receivers to track pay-per-view transactions. 
   RJ-45       RJ 25 connectors are 8-wire modular connectors that are used commonly for serial data transmission. 
   Telco 50       Telco 50 connectors have 50-pins. 
   USB Type A       USB Type A connectors has a flat, rectangular interface. They provide 5 VDC power on one of the pins and are designed for connections with host controllers and hubs. USB cables with Type A adapters on both ends are not designed for direct connections between computers, or between a PC and a USB hub. Rather, A-A cables should be used to connect USB devices with an A-style female port to a PC or another USB device. 
   USB Type B       USB Type B connectors are square-like in shape and have two slightly beveled corners. They are designed for use with peripheral devices. 
   USB Mini-A       USB Mini-A connectors are miniaturized Type A connectors that are 3 mm x 7 mm in size. They are used with small devices such as cell phones and digital cameras. 
   USB Mini-B       USB Mini-B connectors are miniaturized Type B connectors that are 3 mm x 7 mm in size. They are available in 4-pin and 5-pin versions. The USB On-The-Go standard specifies the use of 5-pin USB Mini-B connectors to allow peripheral devices to communicate with a host controller. The 4-pin is unofficial, but used with many digital cameras. 
   USB Micro-A       USB Micro-A connectors are white, 5-pin devices. They are used mainly with newer mobile devices. Micro-A connectors are smaller than Micro-B connectors, but still support high-speed data transfers of 480 Mbit/s and USB On-The-Go technology. 
   USB Micro-B       USB Micro-B connectors are black, 5-pin devices. They are larger than Micro-A connectors, but offer the same data transfer capabilities.   
   Other       Other unlisted connector types and/or pin configurations. 
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   Male-Male       The assembly has a male connector on both ends. 
   Male-Female       The assembly has a male connector on one end and a female connector on the other end. 
   Female-Female       The assembly has female connectors on both ends. 
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Cable  Performance
   Operating Temperature       This is the rated temperature for the cable. 
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   Rated Voltage       The rated voltage for the cable. 
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   Cable Length       The length of the cable between the two connectors. 
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   Number of Conductors       The number of insulated conductors in the cable. 
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Standards
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   RoHS       Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) is a European Union (EU) directive that requires all manufacturers of electronic and electrical equipment sold in Europe to demonstrate that their products contain only minimal levels of the following hazardous substances: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl and polybrominated diphenyl ether. RoHS will become effective on July 1, 2006. 
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CSA Mark
 
     Products that bear a CSA Mark have been tested by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and meet applicable standards for safety and/or performance. These standards are written and administered by organizations such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and CSA International. CSA Marks may appear alone or with indicators. CSA Marks that appear alone are used with products certified primarily for the Canadian market, to the applicable Canadian standards. CSA Marks that appear with the indicators “C” and “US” or “NRTL/C” is used with products certified for both the U.S. and Canadian markets, to the applicable U.S. and Canadian standards. 
   CE Marking
CE Conformity Mark
 
     CE Marking indicates that a product complies with the essential requirements of relevant European Union (EU) directives that uphold national standards for health, safety, and environmental protection. CE Marking is required in the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA), an organization that consists of the twenty five member states of the EU and the three members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). CE Marking refers to the safety of a product. It is not a quality standard. 
   ISO       The International Standards Organization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards organizations from over 100 countries. ISO's mission is to facilitate the international exchange of goods and services, and to foster cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, technological, and economic activity. ISO certifications include ISO 7779, ISO 9000, ISO 9001:1987, ISO 13485, ISO/TS 16949:2002, ISO 14000 and ISO 17025. ISO 7779 is concerned with acoustics, telecommunications equipment, and the measurement of airborne noise emitted by information technology (IT) equipment. ISO 9001:2000 establishes requirements for company quality management systems. ISO 13485 is concerned with medical devices, quality management systems and requirements for regulatory purposes.  ISO 14000 establishes requirements for environmental management policies that minimize a company’s harmful effects on the environment. ISO 17025 outlines the general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. 
   IEC       The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is a global, non-profit organization that develops and maintains voluntary quality, safety, and performance standards for electrical materials, products, and systems The IEC also publishes standards for the electronics and telecommunications industries. The IEC’s membership consists of the electrotechnical standards organizations from each of its 51 member nations. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) represents the United States. 
   MIL-SPEC       Suppliers comply with military specifications (MIL-SPEC) or military standards (MIL-STD). 
   FCC       Under rules and regulations, Title 47, Part 15 Subpart B, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates all commercial electronic devices (unintentional radio-frequency radiators) destined for sale in the United States that have clocks / oscillators that operate at a frequency greater than 9 kHz and that use digital techniques. This includes most products that employ microprocessors, as well as RF devices. 
   UL Recognized Component Mark (US and Canadian)       UL Recognized Component Marks are used only on component parts that are part of a larger product or system. These components may have restrictions on their performance or may be incomplete in construction. Products intended for Canada carry the Recognized Component Mark "C." 
   VDE       Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE), the Association of German Electrical Engineers, is a non-profit testing institute that publishes standards and certifies electrical and electronic components. The VDE Mark indicates conformity with VDE, European Union (EU), and internationally harmonized standards. It confirms compliance with the protective requirements of the applicable EU directives. 
   Other       Other unlisted standards. 
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