Free online tool for backplanes shortens time-to-market

9th July 2014
Posted By : Siobhan O'Gorman
Free online tool for backplanes shortens time-to-market

A free online tool for backplane product design has been released by Molex. The Backplane Pin Map Configurator is designed to shorten time-to-market, guiding users through a series of inputs to identify backplane parameters and generate a pin map for their backplane application. The tool is available free on the Molex website.

The Backplane Pin Map Configurator allows users to identify the best Molex 25 Gbps Impact and 40 Gbps Impel backplane connector options for an application and allows easy customisation of their pin map by toggling the high-speed signal pins, grounds, low-speed signal pins, and power pins.

The tool presents various module options based on the slot pitch and overall lengths that match their specifications. Each module selection offers a pin map configuration showing recommended pin placement. After finalising desired features, the completed pin map can be downloaded in a spread sheet format that can be saved, reviewed and shared offline.

“Balancing performance and cost is the key to successful backplane design. We are pleased to offer a powerful new design tool to help customers narrow down the exact products they need,” states Zach Bradford, New Product Development Manager, Molex. “Backplane product design is now more convenient than ever with our easy-to-use pin map configurator.”

“Backplane configurations resulting in unused pins add unnecessary size and cost. By identifying and eliminating unused pins, the Backplane Configurator helps customers effectively manage their signal requirements for a more cost-effective end product,” adds Bradford.

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