L-com Global Connectivity has launched two new series of 28 AWG Ethernet patch cables. The company says its new Slim-line 28 AWG Ethernet patch cables are engineered for high-density patching applications. The patch cables are available in performance ratings of Category 6 (TRD628BL-series) and Category 6A (TRD628ABL- series) and support data rates up to 10 Gbps for high-speed voice, video, and data applications. They feature high-performance RJ45 plugs with molded boots and 50-micron gold plated contacts.

The cables' patent pending spline-free design offers a reduced diameter profile, ideal for applications that require a smaller, more flexible cable. Further, a low-profile short boot design saves additional space on the patch panel, giving a clean, organized look to patch bays. "L-com's slim-line high-performance cable assemblies offer a 38% smaller cross-sectional area and a tighter bend radius than standard patch cables," notes Dave Gallagher, product manager at L-Com. "This improves airflow in high-density patching applications and saves space in confined areas."