CommScope Unveils SYSTIMAX Constellation


Modular platform allows enterprises to build scalable 10G and fault-managed power networks incrementally with minimal cost, space, labour, and time.

CommScope announced the launch of its SYSTIMAX Constellation edge-based platform for connecting and powering tomorrow’s hyperconnected enterprise. The system combines fault-managed power, hybrid power/data fibre and ceiling-based “Constellation Points” in a star topology to connect a vast number of network devices and systems.

Compared to traditional structured cabling networks, the Constellation platform utilises a radically simplified modular and technology-agnostic architecture. This allows it to use fewer components while supporting converged and segmented networks, AC and DC power applications and various connectivity standards. As a result, the Constellation platform delivers greater power and faster speeds to more devices, requiring less space and lowering the overall carbon footprint of the network. It is an unparalleled solution for quickly and efficiently deploying the next generation of enterprise edge networks.

The system leverages fault-managed power and safely transmits more power over less copper than traditional powering technologies. That approach, deployed in a star network topology, extends service distances from equipment rooms and delivers 10G speeds and 1kW power to a growing number of connected devices in increasingly dense urban environments.

The Constellation platform uses a distributed star topology to extend services from equipment rooms to a service area or zone to support proximate devices. Its simplified architecture can significantly reduce the copper and plastic in the network, in some cases by nearly 60%, and the typical installation can reduce labour hours by over 50% over traditional systems.

“The Constellation platform addresses our customers’ growing need to build and augment IP networks in response to the densification of urban centres and the proliferation of connected devices,” stated Jack Carlson, SVP, CCS Enterprise Business Unit and CCO, CommScope. “By approaching this challenge with a modular, technology-agnostic solution, we’re providing our customers with more choices for building connectivity and power into the network edge—and helping them do it in a cost-effective, scalable and sustainable way.”