Molex introduces quad small form factor pluggable devices

MARKHAM, Ontario, 10 Feb. 2007. Molex Electronics Ltd. in Markham, Ontario, has introduced a quad small form-factor pluggable (QSFP) product as a part of an integrated system that is compatible with the QSFP multi source agreement (MSA) and combines real estate, power and port density.

MARKHAM, Ontario, 10 Feb. 2007. Molex Electronics Ltd. in Markham, Ontario, has introduced a quad small form-factor pluggable (QSFP) product as a part of an integrated system that is compatible with the QSFP multi source agreement (MSA) and combines real estate, power and port density.

Thie product integrate four 10G high-speed channels into one pluggable interconnect system, resulting in three times the port density of PFS and lower cost per channel. QSFP is the next-generation hot-pluggable interface for high-performance switches, routers, servers and host bus adapters for computing and telecommunication applications.

QSFP is a compact, 4-high speed channel, Z-axis pluggable interface. The Molex QSFP interconnect system supports speeds as fast at 10 gigabits per second per lane and, with an optional serial management interface, the Molex copper QSFP cable assembly delivers the same performance as an optical solution but at a lower cost.

The offering includes the SMT host connector and an EMI shielding cage assembly, as well as passive and active cable assemblies.

Using the same iPass connector as the x4 PCIe, the QSFP 38-circuit SMT host connector provides density and headroom to support four channels as fast as 10 gigabits per second each. With a pitch of 0.80 millimeters, the SMT host connector is designed for placement under an EMI cage that accepts pluggable optical modules and copper cables.

The SMT host connector allows the circuit designer the option to place the connector on either side of the PCB. Additional benefits include alignment posts to provide stability when placing the connector and standoffs to facilitate PCB cleaning.

The Molex QSFP EMI cage is a one-piece, press-fit configuration that accepts optical modules or copper cables. The single-host connector and cage combination supports a belly-to-belly configuration. The Molex EMI cage bezel interface is available with either EMI spring fingers or a compression gasket. Heat sinks and light pipes are also available options.

Molex provides a copper solution by offering passive and active copper cable assemblies at data rates as fast as 40 gigabits per second. Active cables as long as 20 meters enable longer-reach, rack-to-rack connections.

For more information contact Molex online at www.molex.com.

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