Wireworld previews Starlight Category 8 Ethernet cable at CES 2016
High performance audio and video cable provider, Wireworld Cable Technology, has announced the development of its Starlight Category 8 cables for high-speed media network applications. The cables use a new conductor geometry developed by Wireworld to support higher transmission speed to create lifelike reproduction of streamed music and video.
“Media networks have become the backbone of modern home entertainment systems,” Wireworld President and founder, David Salz, said in a statement. “Starlight's superior transmission speed and reduced noise provide clear improvements in sound and image quality.”
Starlight Ethernet is the first production cable that meets the proposed requirements for Category 8. It is also the first to incorporate Wireworld’s Tite-Shield Technology, created to overcome the limitations of previous network cable designs using twelve tightly spaced shields. (Category 7 cables use six unevenly spaced shields.)
Category 7 cabling was created to satisfy the demands of 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Cables that support higher speeds have been found to improve the quality of audio and video streaming. Those improvements are possible because streamed signals suffer from data errors that cannot be repaired by the error correction systems that preserve file transfers. Category 8 extends network speeds to 40 Gigabits per second.
The CAT8 also improves upon the CAT7 cables by allowing less crosstalk (mixing) between the signal channels. Conventional cables use four twisted pairs of conductors with one foil shield on each pair to control crosstalk. An overall two-layer shield reduces outside interference. However, twisting the conductors can make their length uneven, which can cause timing errors called skew.
To overcome this, Tite-Shield technology isolates the four channels with a three-layer shield on each conductor pair. The shields are made to be effective enough that twisting is no longer needed and conductor length differences are eliminated.
Starlight’s flat design provides greater separation between the four conductor pairs to provide lower crosstalk and support higher transmission speeds than conventional designs. Starlight also uses Wireworld’s proprietary Composilex 2 insulation to minimize triboelectric noise.