A Quick Primer on NBASE-T

If you happen to visit Pleora at an upcoming trade show, you’ll notice our latest GigE Vision over NBASE-T embedded video interface is prominently featured.

More complex image systems – with fully networked, high-resolution multi- source vision applications outputting millions of pixels of data for real-time processing – are quickly outpacing the capabilities of 1 Gbps infrastructure.  NBASE-T technology helps solve this bandwidth challenge without requiring a rip-and-replace network overhaul.

The NBASE-T specification defines a new type of Ethernet signaling that boosts the speed of twisted-pair cabling well beyond its designed limit of 1 Gbps to support 2.5 and 5 Gbps speeds at distances up to 100 meters, or – if the network infrastructure supports it – 10 Gbps.

NBASE-T technology was initially developed to help existing campus networks meet new bandwidth demands created by mobile devices, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, high-definition video streaming and teleconferencing. With new 802.11ac wireless access points aggregating up to 5 Gbps of throughput, designers struggled to find a cost-effective solution to connect access points and local networks. By boosting the bandwidth capability of the large installed base of Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling, NBASE-T solutions enable users to accelerate their networks in the most cost-effective, least disruptive manner.

NBASE-T technology offers a natural evolution for high-performance imaging thanks to its bandwidth support, low-cost cabling, and compatibility with the GigE Vision standard.  With GigE Vision over NBASE-T and IEEE 802.3, designers can transmit uncompressed images at throughputs up to 5 Gbps over low-cost Cat 5e copper cabling. The extended-reach, flexible, and field-terminated cabling can be easily routed through systems to ease installation and maintenance.

To learn more, Pleora has authored a number of articles on NBASE-T technology and machine vision.