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Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Unveils Industry’s First LGX-HD Patch Panel Product Line for Data Center Connectivity at BICSI

  Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Unveils Industry’s First LGX-HD Patch Panel   Product Line for Data Center Connectivity at BICSI Winter 2014  2014 BICSI Winter Conference  Business Wire  RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- January 30, 2014  Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (www.sumitomoelectric.com), a major leader in the development and manufacturing of optical fiber and connectivity solutions today announced the introduction of its new 4^th Level DataCenter Solutions LGX and High Density (HD) patch panel product line, the industry’s first LGX and HD panel in one. The new panels will be unveiled at the 2014 BICSI Winter Conference & Exposition in Orlando, Fl from February 3-5, along with other new 4^th Level data center products.  The primary differentiating factor from preexisting patch panels in the industry is that the 4^th Level 1, 2, 3, and 4RU patch panels can be configured for various module footprints including LGX and HD, an option for both in the same panel, and other customized configurations. The 2RU can be configured with up to 288 LC connectors. By simply interchanging faceplates and standard cassette products from different manufacturers, installers and network technicians can now experience increased flexibility, versatility in their network design, and hardware cost savings.  Prior to the 4^th Level innovation, network installers would have to purchase a separate patch panel for LGX applications and another patch panel designed for their HD connectivity projects.  “Dedicated to continuous innovation, we continue to strive to bring new, better, and cost saving solutions for our data center and enterprise network customers,” comments Bill Charuk, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave’s 4^th Level DataCenter Solutions’ product manager. “Our goal is to listen to our customers’ valuable input and to design the highest quality and most reliable data center and enterprise network products that keep them ahead of the curve of rapid technology change and the 40G/100G migration. The consistent achievement of this goal has been the foundation of 4^th Level’s success."  Other features of the panels include a user friendly design with shelf tray tilt or rear slide out for easy cable management access, innovative tray stop design that prevents unplanned tray egress from the patch panel, rugged construction of heavy gauge powder coated aluminum for extended product life, and mounting brackets that allow forward and backward adjustments within a standard 19” relay rack. The 4^th Level panels are an ideal solution for data center, storage area network (SAN), and local area network (LAN) applications.  Sumitomo Electric Lightwave will also showcase at BICSI Winter, booth 1019, other new 4^th Level products including MPO conversion cassettes and plenum and riser ribbon cables with patented Easy Split and Peel design. 4^th Level products are showcased along with Sumitomo Electric Lightwave’s FutureFLEX® Air-Blown Fiber®.  About Sumitomo Electric Lightwave: Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (SEL), located in Research Triangle Park, NC, is a leader in the design, innovation, and manufacturing of optical fiber and connectivity solutions, including optical fiber, fiber optic cable, fusion splicers & accessories, field installable connectors, and its FutureFlex® Air-blown Network Solutions. SEL is a Sumitomo Electric Group Company, a global leader in the information and communications industry with over 20 billion in revenue and 200,000 employees worldwide. For more information, please call 800-358-7378, email info@sumitomoelectric.com, or visit www.sumitomoelectric.com  Contact:  Technical Contact: Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Bill Charuk, 919-541-8100 Product Manager, 4^th Level Data Center& Network Solutions bcharuk@sumitomoelectric.com or Editorial Contact: Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Alexandra Manning, 919-541-8383 Marketing Communications Manager amanning@sumitomoelectric.com