Nashua, N.H. Amphenol and FCI have entered into second-source agreements covering three connector product families: Amphenol's XCede and Crossbow interconnect platforms and FCI's ZipLine connector system.
The XCede and Crossbow platforms are said to be the highest performing backplane connectors in the market. Using Amphenol's innovative shielding technology, these products achieve over 20 Gbits/s performance, not only as connectors, but in complete backplane systems. Shipping in volume, the XCede and Crossbow connectors have already achieved broad customer acceptance, and are rapidly becoming the standard for next-generation backplane interconnect, said Amphenol.
FCI's ZipLine connector system offers designers the highest density at over 80 differential pairs per linear inch on a 25-mm card pitch. This dense packaging also allows extra space for signal routing on the backplane and improved airflow for cooling, while delivering high signal performance using FCI's unique shieldless technology. The ZipLine connector is available immediately and includes an orthogonal connector.