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Fiber Optic Connectors & Cable Assemblie...
This week’s Product Roundup highlights fiber optic connectors and cable assemblies from leading suppliers. Fiber Optic Connectors & Cable Assemblies The NEUTRIK opticalCON ADVANCED series accommodates 2-, 4-, 12-, andRead More
March 2021 Connector Industry News II
Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. March 2021 Connector IndustryRead More
March 2021 New Connectivity Products II
Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. March 2021 New Connectivity Products II March 2021 NewRead More
March 2021 New Connectivity Products
Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. March 2021 New Connectivity Products March 2021 New ConnectivityRead More
February 2021 New Connectivity Products
Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. February 2021 New Connectivity Products February 2021 New ConnectivityRead More
IP68 Medical Connectors Product Roundup
This week’s Product Roundup highlights IP68 medical connectors and cable assemblies from leading suppliers. IP68 Medical Connectors Axon’ Cable designs and manufactures custom cable assemblies and interconnect systems for a wideRead More
High-Speed I/O Connectors Product Roundup
This week’s Product Roundup highlights high-speed I/O connectors and cable assemblies from leading suppliers. High-Speed I/O Connectors and Cable Assemblies The Ex-El Group provides professional sourcing services and managed manufacturingRead More
January 2021 Connector Industry News
Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. January 2021 Connector IndustryRead More
January 2021 New Connectivity Products
Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. January 2021 New Connectivity Products January 2021 New ConnectivityRead More
December 2020 Connector Industry News
Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. December 2020 Connector IndustryRead More
December 2020 New Connectivity Products
Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, sensors, and antennas. December 2020 New Connectivity Products December 2020 New ConnectivityRead More
October 2020 New Connectivity Products
Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. October 2020 New ConnectivityRead More
Memory Module Sockets Product Roundup
This week’s Product Roundup highlights memory module sockets from leading suppliers. Memory Module Sockets Kensington Electronics supplies JAE’s MM80 Series memory module socket connectors for high-capacity, double-data-rate 3 (DDR3), synchronous,Read More
September 2020 New Connectivity Products II
Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. September 2020 New ConnectivityRead More
September 2020 Connector Industry News
Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. September 2020 Connector IndustryRead More
September 2020 New Connectivity Products
Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. Supplier names are generallyRead More
High-Speed Backplane Connectors Product Round...
This week’s Product Roundup highlights high-speed and hard metric backplane connectors from leading suppliers. Backplane connectors are designed to increase data rates and decrease signal rise to enable higher reliabilityRead More
DATACOM/TELECOM MARKET REFERENCE LIBRARY
Next-gen connector and cable technologies, design resources, specification tips, and application guides
Co-Packaged Optics Are On the Horizon
A progression of system packaging options provide a roadmap to supporting the high speeds inherent in next-generation equipment. As 112G becomes a reality, co-packaged optics offer the best signal integrity.Read More
USB4 is Coming to a Device Near You
In 2021, we’ll see USB4 begin to appear in computing products and peripherals. The latest iteration of the USB standard will be fast and backward compatible. In the connector world,Read More
New High-Speed Information and Communication ...
In the year ahead, we’ll see AI, IoT and IIoT technologies, cloud computing, 5G communications, blockchain, UAVs, and robotics impact nearly every market. These transformative technologies are becoming more pervasiveRead More
Disruptive Innovation in the U.S. and China
Longtime industry observer Bob Hult shares his informed opinions, saying that it’s time for all levels of government and industry to recognize that China has become a pragmatic competitor fully capable of disruptive innovation. Doing so may help WesternRead More
Five Technology Trends Driving New Connector ...
The connector world is constantly evolving to support dynamic market trends. Emerging high-speed connectivity products are currently responding to a number of technology trends and, once released to market, willRead More
Remote Work Opens Network Infrastructures to ...
As the workplace shifts to the home, network security becomes a greater challenge. Hardware authentication, strong encryption, and shielded cabling will become essential in computers and IoT products. The coronavirusRead More
The Evolution, Proliferation, and Future of P...
PCI Express is set to release its Generation 6.0 specification in 2021, expanding speeds and bandwidth, and enabling new capabilities needed for cloud-based architectures. A new generation of PCIe connectorsRead More
2020 Interconnect Innovations eBook
In this eBook, 29 suppliers with decades of proven experience developing innovative interconnect solutions share in-depth engineering insights and product highlights for our increasingly interconnected world. The articles and productsRead More
Finding the Right Route for 5G RF Connectors
The arrival of 5G RF networks will bring safe, reliable autonomous vehicles closer to reality. To make this possible, the integrity of RF transmissions must be protected. 5G RF networksRead More
Top 12 Trends: Rise of the Data Center to Clo...
The rise of the internet spawned the incredible growth of central data centers. Initially a key tool for companies that could not afford the hardware or expertise required to operateRead More
Combating Corrosion in High-Reliability Conne...
Galvanic corrosion can be significantly attenuated through thoughtful connector design, materials selection, manufacturing, and handling practices designed to maintain high-quality contact surface integrity and minimize connector exposure to adverse conditions. Read More
Direct Power Transmission: Did Edison Get it ...
The battle between AC and DC power may be fought all over again as rising demand for power and new technologies converge, bringing attention to direct current’s technical and economicRead More
5G and 6G Come into Focus at IMS Microwave We...
IMS2020, the virtual iteration of the world’s most important annual RF and microwave event, presented state-of-the-art products needed to advance 5G, 6G, and other high-speed technologies. With a 10% increaseRead More
Military Programs Use Multi-Port and Cluster ...
Multi-port connectors reduce system cost, speed installation time, and improve reliability. As 5G technologies continue to develop for commercial and military use, these important connectivity solutions will have greatly increasedRead More
Top 12 Trends: Copper to Optical Connectivity...
This is the fifth installment in a series of articles that address leading technology trends that have had a significant impact on the electronic connector industry over the past 20Read More
The Evolution of High-Speed Data Transfer
The connector industry continues to refine backplane and I/O connectors to provide a migration path to the next generation of high-speed architectures. This is the fourth in a series ofRead More
A High-Speed Connectivity Solution for Achiev...
System architects are using over-the-board technologies to extend signal reach and density and achieve high-speed data rates by routing signals through ultra-low-skew twinax cable instead of through expensive, lossy PCBs. Read More
New Power Shelf Connector Will Advance Cloud ...
The Open Rack V3 Power Shelf Input Connector will advance power management strategies as cloud computing continues to grow. As global demand for computing power escalates, connector companies are findingRead More
New RF Coaxial Connectors Evolve as Emerging ...
The IoT, 5G, and advancing technologies across markets have led to smaller, higher performance RF coaxial connectors. There are times when economics and technical advances join to produce major changesRead More
5G Wireless Networks and Connected Cars Advan...
New connector families have evolved to meet increasing bandwidth and connectivity needs as the rollout of 5G and the era of advanced vehicle technologies approaches. Wireless 5G and Internet ofRead More
New Network Architectures: Cloud and Fog Comp...
As the global volume of internet data increases, relying on the cloud for computing resources poses challenges. Edge and fog computing architectures offer alternatives. The concept of sharing information technologyRead More
5G Infrastructure Depends on a New Generation...
5G specifications are being implemented with the latest connectivity hardware, including advanced antenna systems, as well as ongoing investments in 4G infrastructure. The fifth generation of cellular network technology, 5G,Read More
Strategic Connector Selection Can Reduce Powe...
Smart component selection can help create cooler, more efficient data center architectures that save money and resources. The vast amount of energy consumed by data centers is a growing business,Read More
Five Factors to Consider When Selecting Rugge...
Rugged fiber optic connectors are available in a range of sizes, form factors, densities, termini, cabling options, and more. Evaluate your project goals and operating environment to narrow down theRead More
2020 Data Connectivity eBook
In our new 2020 Data Connectivity eBook, more than 25 connector suppliers with proven experience developing and deploying high-speed, high-bandwidth, and high-signal-integrity components share their unique perspectives on the bestRead More
The Evolution of Cellular Communication Techn...
In the past two decades, we’ve not only cut the cord between our phones and the wall, but we have gained the ability to stream video, play games, and accessRead More
How Smartphones and Miniature Device Design S...
Most designated wilderness areas are uniquely and specifically devoid of human development. But even these remote places can’t escape the reach of smartphones and other technologies. Smartphones have become anRead More
Connectivity is the Future of Automotive Desi...
In 2020, the world is adjusting to new automotive use patterns and considering competing fueling strategies. Only one thing is certain: Cars are becoming more connected. The future of automotiveRead More
Over-the-Board Technologies Raise High-Speed ...
Copper will reach its limits, but connector companies are pushing that day into the future with an exciting array of connectivity products that fly, jump, and pass over the boardRead More
Patch Cables Go the (Shorter) Distance
Adding a patch cable, patch cord, or jumper solution gives designers greater flexibility in system design. Patch cables are relatively simple connectivity devices: They consist of a length of cableRead More
The Open Compute Project Envisions Better Com...
Applying the open source concept to hardware development could spur the innovation we need to power a more connected future. As people, businesses, and governments transfer more activities to onlineRead More
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Unite in...
Advanced computing resources and connected technologies are converging in a range of automated applications, including robots, drones, and algorithm-driven applications. What could possibly go wrong? It’s hard to read aRead More
40 Years of the IEEE 802 Ethernet Standard
A unified standard for Ethernet networks developed four decades ago still serves as the foundation of today’s incredible connectivity. In 1973, engineer Bob Metcalfe proposed a simple but revolutionary method to connect computers in local area networks (LANs) using coaxial cable andRead More
COVID-19 Spreads, Demand for Ventilators Skyr...
Automotive and engineering companies have reworked their production lines to produce ventilators and other critical medical supplies needed to fight the virus. The medical technology companies that originally designed theseRead More
OFC 2020 Resists the Coronavirus
The 2020 Optical Fiber Communications Conference & Exhibition celebrated 50 years of optical connectivity with a combination of exhibits on the show floor and remote presentations. The 2020 Optical FiberRead More
Protecting Ethernet Connections in Industrial...
As Industrial Ethernet brings network connections into harsh environments, it’s essential to protect connectivity products from rugged conditions. The proliferation of digital information, the Internet of Things, and Ethernet intoRead More
Fiber Optics Move into Military Backplanes
The recent Embedded Tech Trends conference highlighted a trend: Boards and subsystems for military applications are increasingly employing optical cable. Fiber optic technology is continuing its push into high-end militaryRead More
Shielded, Twisted-Pair Cable Assemblies Provi...
Fiber optic, shielded copper, and foil-shielded, unshielded-twisted-pair (UTP) cables are among the hardware solutions implemented to meet stringent data security networking protocols. Critical computer networks dedicated to the storage andRead More
A Systems-Based Approach to Driverless Cars
Internal and external systems that include an expanded range of connected technologies will bring autonomy to the automotive world and make driverless cars a reality. By Guido Dornbusch, Senior Director,Read More
Significant Electronic Technology Trends Over...
The arrival of new, category-defining products and technologies has significantly impacted the connector industry in recent decades. We take a look at the evolution of these electronic technology trends. WeRead More
Designing with Waterproof USB Type-C Connecto...
As small consumer electronic devices infiltrate every aspect of our lives, they endure lots of rough handling and occasional accidents. The connectors that empower these systems must protect functionality andRead More
Connectors Get Tough for Industrial Robots an...
As more robots and other connected devices join the factory floor, the challenge is to protect sensitive electronics from dirt, debris, vibration, and other barriers to performance. As the IndustrialRead More
DesignCon 2020 Dazzles With New High-Speed Pr...
The DesignCon conference and expo celebrated its 25th anniversary with an array of impressive high-speed developments. DesignCon 2020 celebrated its 25th anniversary with an impressive program of keynote speakers, tutorials,Read More
High-Speed Fiber Cable Assemblies for the 5G ...
Active optical cables are key components in the high-speed systems needed to handle the exponential increase in data traffic that will come with 5G. Connector companies are helping data centersRead More
The COM-HPC Embedded Standard Will Facilitate...
To handle compute-intensive applications and edge-computing systems, a revised Computer on Module (COM) standard is required. At electronica 2018, Samtec and congatec introduced the concept of a new Computer onRead More
Preparing for Photonic Integrated Circuit
A gap between the current electronic integration industry and photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology is present under the subtle tension between “introductory delay” and “collapsing to zero.” Recent standards movementRead More
The 5G Revolution is Coming…Slowly
Years of hype have brought us to the year 5G was supposed to go big. But we’ll have to be patient to see it make an impact. The hype aboutRead More
Creating Ideal Connectors for Rugged Conditio...
As the Internet of Things extends into rugged territories, the connector that fulfills every requirement for some applications in development may not yet exist. That’s where customization comes in. RuggedRead More
SC19: Supercomputers Continue to Evolve
The premier exhibition and conference for supercomputers demonstrated technologies including artificial intelligence, big data analytics, machine learning, and a rapidly expanding array of applications that require high performance computing servicesRead More
Single-Pair Ethernet Will Revolutionize the I...
The new SPE connector standard will provide a comprehensive communication protocol, a shared networking infrastructure, and produce power for sensor technologies. The T-1 industrial interface developed by HARTING is setRead More
Cooling Strategies for Data Centers
Increased data volumes and high-speed switching requirements are pushing manufacturers to get creative when it comes to thermal cooling strategies. The proliferation of streaming services, social media, digital automation, andRead More
Five Connector Considerations for Data Center...
We rely on data centers to bring connectivity to the world in an efficient, economical, and sustainable manner. The connectors designed into these increasingly important connectivity hubs make a surprisinglyRead More
DC Data Centers: A Necessary Paradigm Shift f...
DC power supplies enable leaner, more powerful data center system architectures that — through skillful planning — can also mitigate total system cost. But first, we must make a paradigmRead More
Five Ways the Industrial Internet of Things i...
Connected technologies are making cargo and passenger rail transport more efficient, transparent, and secure. Dramatic changes are occurring in rail travel and transport as connected technologies come into use forRead More
Believe the Hype About the Internet of Things...
Avnet’s Lou Lutostanski says the promise of full IoT connectivity has been slow to arrive, but it’s real and it’s coming. It’ll just take a little more education, simplification, andRead More
LPWAN Wireless Standards Expand Opportunities...
5G has yet to fully arrive, but low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) activity is already influencing design trends in a wide range of connected products. The number and variety of wirelessRead More
Too Hot to Handle: Protecting Wire and Cables...
Fire poses real risks to sensitive electronics in data centers, building structures, vehicles, and other high-density electronics applications, especially as our reliance on connectivity continues to grow. New materials designedRead More
How the Rise of Edge Computing will Reshape t...
As the connected world of the 21st century comes into existence, the next decade will give rise to new technologies like connected vehicles that will continue to transform and automateRead More
Cloud Computing Security: Let’s Get Physica...
Data center operators need to prevent against theft, tampering, and disasters. New hardware solutions that depend on connectors, sensors, and antennas, combined with software-level security, offer an unmistakable improvement overRead More
NBASE-T Technologies are Changing Enterprise ...
Magnetics play an important role in Ethernet-based local area network (LAN) designs, and especially so as network infrastructure evolves to handle NBASE-T technologies. Integrated connector modules (ICMs) offer ideal solutionsRead More
Open19 Simplifies Data Center Installations
The Open19 Foundation has developed a server design solution that makes data center deployment faster, easier, and less expensive. The Open19 Foundation is advancing a new data center design standardRead More
IMS Microwave Week Shows the Impact of 5G
IMS Microwave Week, the world’s most important annual RF and microwave event, demonstrated the state-of-the-art products needed to advance 5G and other high-speed technologies. Bishop & Associates’ director of RFRead More
Cloud Computing, IT Infrastructure, and the N...
As more companies turn to the cloud for data storage, security concerns are rising. The current solution for protecting IT infrastructure from data breaches and network failures is a combinationRead More
An Inseparable Duo: Wires and Wireless Techno...
The evolution of the telecommunications industry began with a simple wire that expanded to become today’s fully interconnected and increasingly wireless world. Throughout human history, we have strived to improveRead More
5G Networks Demand More From Cables and Conne...
A new generation of fiber optic cable and high-speed connectivity products is laying the groundwork required to make 5G networks possible. Providers of fiber optic cables, high-speed connectors, and cableRead More
The World is Flat: FFCs Define Future Applica...
Flat flexible cables are sliding into places other cables dare not go and help keep devices cool, light, and fast. In the realm of cables, the usual suspects are round.Read More
The Connector World Embraces Antennas and S...
Acting in tandem with high-speed interconnects, antennas and sensors can collect and convey a world of data. They act as the eyes and ears of today’s connected world. Everything isRead More
The AI Impact: Artificial Intelligence Influe...
AI technologies are being used to help analyze rapidly growing data sets, which is generating substantially more data and further increasing demand for ever more powerful connectors. Artificial intelligence has become a prominent element in many advanced system designs, including leading sensing and analysis toolsRead More
Coming Soon: Two New USB Connectors
The newly announced USB4 will handle the high speeds and data operations required by connected and automated systems. But first, USB 3.2 is about to make its appearance in theRead More
OFC Spotlights Optical Connectivity
The Optical Fiber Communications Conference & Exhibition explored emerging optical connectivity technologies, including optical transmitters, multi-fiber cables, and connectors. The Optical Fiber Communications Conference & Exhibition recently held in SanRead More
QSFP-DD Strategies Help Data Centers Keep Coo...
The Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable Double Density (QSFP-DD) is the industry’s smallest 400GbE module and provides the highest port bandwidth density. Rigorous tests verify its suitability as a next-generationRead More
Connectors in a Futuristic World
TE Connectivity teams up with Hollywood to explore future technologies in the new film, “Alita: Battle Angel.” When Hollywood and Silicon Valley join forces to bring future technology to theRead More
Meeting Datacom and Telecom Application Deman...
As the need for bandwidth continues to increase, so does the need for higher data rates and smaller connectors capable of higher densities. What was once 1–3Gb/s moved to 4–8 Gb/s; then we saw the jumpRead More
High-Speed Products Dazzle at DesignCon 2019
The DesignCon conference never fails to live up to its reputation of being the premier platform for state-of-the-art chip and board technology, and DesignCon 2019 was no different. Once again,Read More
SMA RF Coaxial Connectors are Powerful and Ve...
The demand for SMA RF coaxial connectors has grown exponentially with the proliferation of wireless applications. We take a closer look at these connectors and the challenges they face inRead More
A Simple Radio, a Complex Domestic Manufactur...
This single-channel FM radio is a rare example of US-made consumer electronics. Could other companies pull off this feat of manufacturing? The product made its debut on Kickstarter, as soRead More
Top Technology Trends and Disruptions for 201...
A new wave of technologies including e-mobility, Industry 4.0, edge computing, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality will bring about big changes to society. The technology trends we are watching withRead More
Get Ready: 5G is Almost Here
5G connectivity is poised to change the world. Cities, data centers, networks, and device designers are preparing for the next big acceleration in data speeds. As for connectors? They areRead More
5G Connectivity Expands Connector Application...
We live in an age of technology disruptions. But 5G will make even bigger disruptions possible. We are about to experience a major transformation in the area of wireless communication.Read More
5G Brings Future Transportation Scenarios Clo...
High-speed 5G communications are key to widespread adoption of autonomous ridesharing. High-speed connectors, fiber cabling, and the Internet of Things will all play a role. By Neil Shurtz Today, there’sRead More
Server Design is Getting Complicated
As data rates increase, designers are encountering performance limits, signal loss, and higher costs, and congested PCBs. High-speed internal cable assemblies offer a potential solution. By I-PEX Connectors The increasedRead More
The Internet of Useful Things
IoT technology has enabled life-changing innovations in medicine, security, transportation, and communication. But it’s also unleashed a wave of unnecessary or downright goofy devices. Are we in the Age ofRead More
Is the Copper Backplane Running Out of Gas?
Higher speeds have pushed designers to find creative ways to manage conflicting issues of speed, density, signal integrity, and reach. But as we look past 112Gb/s, the picture is gettingRead More
Overcoming PCB-based Interconnect Design Limi...
Cabled interconnects could help system designers configure their architectures to achieve greater flexibility, performance, and cost savings. By Lucas Benson, Senior Business Development Manager and Manager of Global Product Management, TE Connectivity Global dataRead More
Market for RF Connectors Grows to Meet Rapidl...
As wireless connectivity continues to expand across business, home, industrial, and municipal environments, the demand for RF connectors is growing exponentially. A new market report details the history and forecastsRead More
Photons and Electrons, Living Together
Silicon photonics products are now on the market. Why are they necessary and what does this mean for interconnect manufacturers? By Neil Shurtz In 1965, Fairchild Semiconductor’s Gordon Moore publishedRead More
What’s a WEG?
Versatile wireless Ethernet gateway products can streamline designs and clean up complex cable situations. Wireless Ethernet gateways are a versatile all-in-one product, combining the function of a wireless access pointRead More