Datacenter server processor chips have proven valuable as pluggable and removable devices for the socket connectors mounted to a server’s main PCB board. However, the number of contacts per socket connector has dramatically risen over the last few years. New chips offer 3000 to 5000 or more contact pads per flip chip. Typically, the socket […]
How the terabit class of pluggable cables and connectors is advancing
The world of gigabits began some 25 years ago, with a progression of interface lanes and links — from 100G and 200G to 400G and then 800G using IO standard and proprietary connectors and cables. Believe it or not, gigabit lanes were first used in 1999. Today, we’re entering the terabit phase with interface links […]
Are gold- or silver-plated connectors or contacts right for my application?
Learn the proper electrodeposition for contacts and connectors to ensure reliability in your electrical devices. Contributed by Luke Copp • Sales & Marketing Associate for Advanced Plating Technologies Modern manufacturing relies on critical connections made via strong electroplating, as more and more devices are connected to provide instant access to information and data. However, any electrical […]
How new USB4.2 80G cable links will support cost-effective connectivity
The USB Promoter Group recently announced the November release of the USB4 Version 2.0 specification, a significant update to enable up to 80 Gbps of data performance over the USB Type-C cable and connector. The USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery (USB PD) specifications will also be updated to enable this higher level of data […]
Connectors and cables modernize data centers
Demands for bandwidth-intensive, data-driven services are fueling a rise in compute, data storage, and networking capabilities. These rises put pressure on connectors and cable to deliver data at higher speeds with better signals and less heat.
Will internal IO copper cables for data centers become standardized?
Data-center passive DAC external cables have been standardized and interoperable for decades. However, the mating, inside-the-box cables have yet to be fully standardized. In general, inside-the-box IO interface interconnections have been a competitive value point for those OEMs and suppliers that offer quality options. Providing reliable connectors and twin-axial cables configured in an ideal layout […]
How are optical interconnects being miniaturized?
Fiber optic connector trends include a proliferation of new and smaller designs and, according to NTT, optical connector standardization activities are one of the most active areas at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). As of February 2021, IEC SC 86B (Fibre optic interconnecting devices and passive components) published the second largest number of documents in […]
What’s different about space-rated connectors?
Space-grade connectors are generally spin-offs of military-grade designs. Compared with common commercial connectors, there’s a much smaller variety of space-grade connectors. However, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and COTS+ connectors are increasingly used in cost-sensitive missions such as CubeSats. This FAQ begins with a look at the unique operating conditions in space and how those conditions impact […]
New developments in 212+G per-lane data-center connectors and cables
Several deep-packet inspection chips and test instrumentation applications are using next-generation speed-rate IO application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chips. These chips combine several circuits in one and are customized for a particular use. This is different than what the current server and switch markets are typically using. These developers are experienced with the 200+ per lane […]
How QSFP-DD and OSFP Loopback modules are supporting multiple IO interfaces
IO Loopbacks connect digital data streams to their source without purposeful processing or modification. This serves as a diagnostic test for a device and other nodes in the network infrastructure. The return signal is compared with the transmitted signal. For several generations of electronic equipment, using a short cable assembly, molded very-high-density cable interconnect (VHDCI), […]