2018 News Release
Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
Hitachi Metals Newly Develops a LAN Cable for Rolling Stocks
Compliant with European Norm
Hitachi Metals, Ltd. is pleased to announce the new development of a high-speed Category-7 Ethernet*1 cable (Cat.7 LAN cable) "CO-IREE-SB C7E(X)," which is compliant with the European railway fire safety standard, EN*245545-2. Hitachi Metals is keen to offer a range of wires and cables that will provide the optimum solutions to increased worldwide demand caused by wider usage of Ethernet cables for rolling-stock electronic devices and Internet access service for passengers.
Hitachi Metals manufactures and sells a range of electrical wires, cables, and related materials for various uses—including within rolling stock. The stable quality of our products is recognized and appreciated by our diverse range of customers.
The functionality of rolling stock has been greatly enhanced in recent years, including widening use of Ethernet cables through advancing train vehicle electronics and increasing demand for on-board Internet access from passengers. This in turn pushes up the data volume transmitted during train operations, requiring rolling stock telecommunication cables to offer ever higher performance.
Photo: CO-IREE-SB C7E(X), Cat.7 LAN cable
for rolling stock use
Cables for use in rolling stock must satisfy the fire safety requirements as specified in the applicable fire safety standards, and must pass a set of fire tests that measure flame-resistance, smoke generation, and toxicity. Utilizing our exclusive fire safety design technologies for rolling stock electrical wiring that Hitachi Metals has developed over the years, we have now launched CO-IREE-SB C7E(X), a rolling stock Cat.7 LAN cable. The unique cable structure and our exclusive highly flameretardant halogen-free outer sheath enabled us to realize a product that can simultaneously deliver both high-performance electrical characteristics and European railway fire safety.
■Features of CO-IREE-SB C7E(X)
Micro foam technology*3 and multilayer extrusion technology successfully reduced dielectric properties and use of flammable insulation materials.
(2) Shielding tape
Our unique taping method shields electromagnetic interference, ensuring the electrical characteristics and high bandwidth of up to 600 MHz required by a Cat.7 LAN cable.
(3) Outer sheath material
Adoption of a highly flame-retardant halogen-free material exclusively developed by Hitachi Metals in the cable outer sheath satisfies fire safety standards, including the low smoke generation and low toxicity required by EN45545-2.
The introduction of CO-IREE-SB C7E(X) to our product lineup will help Hitachi Metals to respond to customer demand in Europe and Asia for higher performance in cables and wiring for use in rolling stock.
Hitachi Metals will continue to focus on the development of new materials and on contributing to the technological advancement of train vehicles through our solution technologies that target the range of challenges faced by our customers.
3. Production Location
Hitachi Metals Ltd., Ibaraki Works
For inquiries from customers:
Cable Materials Company, Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
For inquiries from the press:
Corporate Communications Office, Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
- Hitachi Metals Newly Develops a LAN Cable for Rolling Stocks Compliant with European Norm(PDF：501KB)
■Structure of Cat.7 LAN cable for rolling stocks
|Wire conductor size||24AWG|
|Insulator outer diameter||Nominal 1.4 mm|
|Number of pairs||4|
|Cable outer diameter||Nominal 8.6 mm|
■Transmission speed and bandwidth of the LAN cable (Benchmarks)
|Item||Cat.5E (2P)||Cat.7 (4P)|
|Maximum transmission speed||100 Mbps||10 Gbps|
|Bandwidth||100 MHz||600 MHz|
■European railway fire safety standard (EN45545-2)
|Test for vertical flame propagation
for a single cable
|Burned part ≤ 540 mm
Unburned part > 50 mm
|Test for vertical flame spread
of vertically-mounted bunched cables
|Burned part ≤ 2.5 m|
|Smoke density||Light transmittance ≥ 70%|
|Toxicity||Toxicity index ≤ 6|
- *1 Ethernet
- Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox Corporation. A computer network protocol widely used in wired local area networks (LANs) commonly used in offices and households across the world. It is designed to deliver efficient communications among numerous computers connected by LANs.
- *2 EN
- Abbreviation of "European Norm," which specifies standards for products, services, and systems in the European market.
- *3 Micro foam technology
- A method to expand a melted thermoplastic resin with vast numbers of micro bubbles generated by a sudden pressure reduction after melting a large volume of foaming agent into the resin in a high-pressure environment.