Boards/Backplanes

Molex Signs Amphenol as Second-Source for Backplane Interconnect Family

10th November 2007
ES Admin

Molex and Amphenol TCS (ATCS) have signed a cross license / second-source licensing agreement that gives ATCS the right to manufacture, market and sell the I-Trac Backplane Connector System worldwide. Molex is pleased to announce this latest development in the Molex-ATCS relationship,” said Martin Slark, Chief Executive Officer of Molex. “The technology behind our I-Trac design offers users unmatched versatility and performance. By partnering with ATCS we will be able to expand the availability of this leading technology throughout the industry.”

The I-Trac license agreement further illustrates the Molex and ATCS relationship established in the high-speed backplane connector market, beginning with ATCS's HDM® connector family and extending to include its industry-leading VHDM®, VHDM-HSD™ and GbX® high-speed, high-density connector platforms. The two companies will work jointly to deliver truly intermateable, interchangeable products by sharing design and manufacturing processes. The I-Trac product will be promoted as an extension of the ATCS GbX product family.

The I-Trac Backplane Connector System features a broadside-coupled, skew equalised design capable of data rates up to 12Gbps. With its multiple benefits, including superior impedance control, lower cross-talk and higher overall bandwidth designed for both traditional and orthogonal architectures, I-Trac meets the growing demands of the next generation telecommunications and data networking equipment manufactures. The I-Trac connector system is currently available from Molex in 7, 11 and 15-row versions, with a complete breadth of guidance and power options.

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