The demands made on data networks have been growing exponentially for years. Transmission speeds alone have increased from a few megabits per second in the early 1990s to 10 gigabits per second today and this has had far-reaching effects on network infrastructure. As 3M is already witnessing, fibre optics is playing an increasing role in the deployment of enterprise networks, a trend that is likely to continue with the establishment of the "10 Gigabit Ethernet" standard.
Many companies are already acknowledging this trend by installing fibre optic backbones. This solution facilitates subsequent migration from hybrid (a combination of copper wire and optical fibre) to pure optical fibre networks, thus implementing comprehensive "fibre-to-the desk" solutions.
Allowance is made for later conversion to fibre optic technology at the planning stage when installing high-quality twisted copper pairs; currently the most widely used conventional building cabling system.
3M™ Volition™ Network Solutions offers high performance network cabling solutions that are media transparent. 3M Telecommunications offers you cost-effective innovative solutions for the installation of copper pairs (Categories 5e and 6), fibre optics (multimode or singlemode), or hybrid networks. This enables customers to optimise, manage, and migrate their network toward higher levels of bandwidth capable of supporting speeds of a gigabit and more in the enterprise network. In this way, you can keep all your network options open.
3M™ Volition™ Network Solution Includes:
- Copper Cabling
- Fibre-Optic Cabling
- Networking Hardware
In addition, 3M also offer LAN cabinet systems and test equipment for the measurement and analysis of enterprise networks.
Copper & Fibre Cabling Systems
3M Telecommunications provides copper and fibre optic cabling systems or a combination of both. The unique fibre cabling system provides "freedom of choice" in the design and optimisation of the overall network architecture. The state-of-the-art voice and data Copper Cabling Systems include a Category 6 offering with "significant channel performance headroom" over existing standards helping a broad range of customers to migrate to a higher bandwidth.
Both cabling systems meet or exceed the requirements of ANSI/TIA/EIA 568, ISO/IEC 11801 and EN50173 structured cabling standards. They also meet the physical layer requirements defined by IEEE 802.3, Fibre Channel, and the ATM Forum.
Both systems include easy-to-install and innovative connectivity solutions ensuring high performance and long-term reliability. The revolutionary 3M™ Volition™ VF-45™ small form factor fibre connector has helped in reducing the complexity of fibre networking, while the Volition™ RJ 45 K5e and K6 jacks offer simple termination solutions - jacks snap on without tools - with built-in, reliability, and flexibility features and component performance exceeding existing standards. The Volition™ VF-45™ fibre optic connector is specified by Fibre Channel and the ATM Forum and is standardised by ANSI/TIA/EIA, IEC, and CENELEC as a small form factor (SFF) connector where it is given the designation "SG".
All Volition products are produced in strict compliance with ISO 9001/14001. 3M also grants an extended 20-year guarantee if certain conditions are fulfilled.
Networking Hardware and Test and Measurement
A range of enabling networking hardware (media converters, switches, and network interface cards) is available with the Volition™ VF-45™ interface. Also included is test and measurement equipment, which transforms the system into a cost-effective and comprehensive solution.
Through a combination of innovative 3M solutions and our network of channel partners, 3M is committed to providing its customers with a complete end-to-end solution. The 3M Volition Category 5e and 6 products offer simple termination solutions - connectors snap on with no tools - with maximum performance, reliability, and flexibility. The Volition™ VF-45™ Small Form Factor connector has helped drive down the cost of fibre networks to levels comparable to copper cabling systems.