Interconnects, though often simple components, can be confusing to many engineers, who don’t study in-depth these critical components that help safely join machinery, cables and boards together. Not surprisingly, our readers turn to our “Connector Basics” section to find answers to some of their most common questions on how to select the right product for their application and to learn about new developments in the industry. Below are the six most-read articles on Connector Tips from 2016.
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1. OCuLink connectors and cables support new PCIe standard
OCuLink-2—Optical Copper (Cu) Link 2nd generation—is an interconnect system for inside and outside the box that supports the new PCI Express 4.0 spec running at 16 Gbps per lane. The PCI-SIG committee selected Molex’s NanoPitch connector and cable assembly system for this OCuLink spec and it is an option for the newly developing SAS 4.0 spec with 24 Gbps per lane performance in 2- and 4-lane configuration storage links.