Are BotBlox cables suitable for use with 10GBASE-T on UbiSwitch?

– Copied from customer email –

I am interested in the Ubiswitch Module 10GBps specification, and I would like to have more information about the required modules.

First of all, I found the following Picoblade-RJ45 compatible cable, but the specifications do not show compatibility with 10Gbps. I have seen that the Ubiswitch Baseboard provides compatible cables, does it have a cable compatible with those speeds in this case?

On the other hand, I would like to know if you have checked the useful life of the module, as well as the baseboard and cables.

To transmit 10GBASE-T, you need a minimum of CAT6 cabling to achieve at least 30 meters of transmission length. Of course, better cabling will achieve longer transmission lengths, but in the vast majority of customers using our products, it’s for short cable runs less than 3 meters. Our PicoClasp to RJ-45 cables are essentially akin to CAT6 cables (UTP, UL1061 wiring, 28AWG), and thus are suitable for 10GBASE-T up to around 30 meters. This has been verified with testing.

However, that being said, UbiSwitch doesn’t actually put the 10G ports onto the PicoClasp connectors. Instead, the 10G ports are on the SFP cages on the back. That means you insert SFP modules into those 10G ports. If you wanted to use 10GBASE-T, for example, you’d use a 10GBASE-T SFP module (like this), which would give you an RJ-45 port.

We do have a baseboard planned for UbiSwitch which will embed the 10GBASE-T PHYs directly onto the board, and this will use our PicoClasp to RJ-45 cables.

Regarding useful life, do you mean MTBF or do you mean the lifetime of the product.

The product is new so we do not yet have empirical data on MTBF, but our initial calculation put this at 400,000 hours using MIL-HDBK-217, ground benign at 60°C. The product has also been verified to work at up 6000 PSI, and at an altitude of 35,000 feet. We have full MIL-STD-810G testing planned for late february.

Regarding lifetime, all our products are guaranteed for at least a 5 year lifespan from launch date. Read more about that here.