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Q: What is Category 8?

A: Category 8 is a cable specification identified in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) & Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA) standard ANSI/TIA 568-C.2-1. The standard identifies the performance parameters for a communication cable designed to support 25 Gigabit Ethernet (25GBase-T) and 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GBase-T). Category 8 (Cat 8) will support these application from 5 to 30 meters and is intended for "top-of-rack" high speed applications. Category 8 cable is tested to 2 gigahertz.

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