Small Form Factor FO

Small Form Factor (SFF) FO Connectors include VF-45 Galaxy (SG), LC, SCDS/SCQC, MT-RJ, MU, LX-5, MT, Optic-Jack, and similar connectors. To accommodate growing traffic levels, private networks are increasingly being built with fiber optics. The rise of fiber optics results in more electronics, cable, and apparatus being installed into smaller and smaller physical spaces. Hence, a primary focus of many development efforts is on the fiber optic connector, known as “Small-Form-Factor” (SFF) connectors. Many are designed to double the density and hence the physical capacity of LAN optoelectronics and patch panels. They are also designed for easy installation in the field.

Small Form Factor FO News

Molex qSFP DD cable

Next-Gen Datacenter Connectivity and Thermal Management

As speeds and requirements rise, the QSFP-DD MSA comes forth as a solution that addresses the technical challenges of achieving a double-density interface. By Joe Dambach, new product development manager, Molex Next-Gen Datacenter Connectivity Chips, switches, connectors, cables, and optical module technologies are at the core of datacenter networks, which must be able to support Read More >>

Industry News January 2018

Summary coverage of upcoming events and recent news from across the connector industry. Event News  DesignCon 2018, which will take place January 31 – February 1 in Santa Clara, California, will feature in-depth education, top-tier suppliers, and easy networking activities designed to help chip, board, and systems design engineers stay ahead of the pack, push Read More >>

The Quest to Keep Electronics Cool

When I/O connectors block airflow, a toolbox of solutions is required to keep today’s fast, dense, and hot systems cool. Lithium ion batteries are not the only source of excessive heat in electronic devices. A nasty combination of dense system packaging and increased power consumption tends to concentrate heat inside the box, causing component stress Read More >>

High-Speed Signals Take the High Road

Very early computers were a mass of discrete point-to-point wires. The combination of physics and economics is bringing that interconnect architecture back full circle. Design engineers have been grappling for years with the challenge of propagating ever-increasing signal rates in printed circuit boards. As data rates pushed into RF regions, signal modeling transitioned from simple Read More >>

Optical Transceiver Product Roundup

Check out this week’s product roundup for information about some of the industry’s latest and greatest optical transceiver products. Optical Transceivers Product Roundup Amphenol ICC’s 300Gb/s Leap® High-Speed Optical Transceiver Module is faster, smaller, and more efficient with regard to both cost and power than most conventional datacenter interconnects. It is capable of speeds up to Read More >>

How Will Connectors Deliver Terabit Speeds?

As the IoT drives the demand for faster networks, the need for one-terabit speeds is just around the corner.   The march to ever-faster data transfer has been an assumed objective since the development of the first computer. Information transmitted at the rate of kilobits per second (kb/s) evolved to megabits per second (Mb/s), which Read More >>

Small Pluggable Form Factor

SFP Connectors: Always New and Improving

The acronyms may change, but new SFP connectors continually emerge with enhanced port densities and data rates.   For anyone who does not work with communication standards, protocol specifications, or data rates on a daily basis, navigating the world of telecom acronyms as it relates to interconnect can be a daunting task — sort of Read More >>

Best of DesignCon 2017

Several trends were apparent at last week’s DesignCon 2017 conference. Foremost among them was the advance of copper solutions that include wiring as an alternative to PCB traces.   DesignCon 2017 opened amid a thoroughly drenched Bay Area, but did not deter more than 5,000 attendees to this premier exhibition of leading edge electronic design, Read More >>

TE and Molex dual source alliance

Molex, TE partner for high performance connectors

Joint efforts ensure compatible products from multiple sources   The complexity of high-end electronics creates many opportunities for hardware and/or software problems, while pricing and time to market pressures create problems for those tasked with setting up the supply chain. For the connector world, the merger of these trends often means that second sources need Read More >>

Trends to improve speed, size and pricing continue

Connector makers upgraded lines, extended product families and unveiled new interfaces to meet customer demands for increased circuit density and higher data rates.   2016 Connector Trends In a continuation of trends we’ve seen for several years now, a host of faster, smaller, and more affordable electronic components propelled the connector industry forward in 2016. Connector Read More >>