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Molex interconnect targets coplanar apps

Posted: 22 Mar 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MTP-CPI connector  Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture  ATCA  Molex  Gina Roos 

Molex's MTP-CPI

Molex Inc. said the MTP-CPI (coplanar interconnect) is the only MT-ferrule-based interconnect designed specifically for coplanar applications. This interconnect is designed for Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) Zone 3 and board-to-board applications.

As ATCA continues to be adopted by system designers, there will be a need for an optical coplanar interconnect to handle future bandwidth requirements, according to the company. The MTP-CPI is designed to meet the dimensional requirements of the ATCA Zone 3 connector specifications. However, the interconnect may be used in any coplanar application such as internetworking, telecommunication, and test and measurement equipment.

When used in coplanar applications, the MTP-CPI offers maintenance flexibility and minimal service interruption, since it allows front cards to be replaced without disrupting cable at the rear of the chassis. It is easy to design-in and is mounted directly to the card with a simple pass-through cut out in the backplane.

The MTP connector is the industry standard connector system for multi-fibre and parallel optical transceiver applications. MTP interconnects are available in fibre counts from eight to 72 fibres.

The MTP-CPI interconnects are available in rear-mount and side-mount styles, providing flexibility for boards with limited space.

Typical pricing for the MTP-CPI is Rs.708 ($16) each. Delivery is within two weeks.

- Gina Roos

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