Rethinking Field Testing For Alien Crosstalk

IEEE is expected to release the standard for the next generation 10Gbps copper cable Ethernet network, termed 10GBASE-T, in 2006. For the deployment of 10GBASE-T on balanced copper cabling system, one key issue is the testing and mitigation of the noise coupled between the adjacent link segments, i.e. alien crosstalk. This paper discusses the issues and suggests a unique solution to the testing of alien crosstalk in a fast and effective way.