Free height connectors deliver faster speeds

31st July 2018
Alex Lynn

It has been announced that TE Connectivity (TE) has introduced its next-gen 0.8mm free height board-to-board connectors, which achieve speeds of 32Gbps and higher. These high speed, mid density mezzanine solutions aim to deliver an excellent price-to-performance ratio and are 56Gbps PAM-4 and PCIe Gen five capable for future upgrades. 

There is a growing need for mezzanine connectors capable of delivering 25Gbps and higher signal, necessitating the upgrade of existing ten gigabits per second mezzanine connectors in the coming years. Anticipating the need for even higher speeds over the next five years as the market moves toward PCIe Gen five architectures, TE has developed free height connectors capable of 32Gbps and higher speeds that can offer significant system cost savings in adopting 32Gbps technologies for high volume server and storage applications.

The new free height connectors also deliver higher reliability through a stronger plug/receptacle mechanical design, maintaining the same performance when de-mated up to 0.5mm. In addition, modular tooling enables one millimetre stack height increments and flexible pin counts.

Lily Zhang, Product Manager at TE Connectivity, stated: “Our engineers continually find ways to deliver higher-performing connectivity products, and our next-gen free height connectors are just the latest example. With these new connectors, we deliver excellent price/performance in a future-proof product.”

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