Backplane connector system supports up to 28 Gbps

February 28, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Molex' Impact zX2 Backplane Connector System supports data rates of up to 28 Gbps in a modular design. The system utilises Impel patented ground shielding and footprint technology to enhance signal integrity performance.

The zX2 system is backward compatible with standard Impact headers, allowing current Impact customers to keep their existing architecture in place while upgrading their chassis’ data rates. A common-ground structure improves crosstalk isolation, resulting in increased near-end crosstalk (NEXT) margin. Tuned to lower functional impedance of 95 Ohms, discontinuities are minimised throughout signal channels. Reduced-size compliant pins (0.36mm) on both the backplane and daughter-card modules optimises PCB footprint, which helps to further enhance the SI performance of the connector system by reducing impedance in the footprint.

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