FCI MEG-Array connectors perform up to 28 Gbps for next-generation optical transceivers

“The MEG-Array Connector design is a successful, legacy electrical interface to PAROLI, SNAP-12, POP4, PPOD embedded optical modules and 300 pin MSA transponders,” said David Hansen, FCI Product Manager. “This level of performance will allow MEG-Array connector customers to reach new speeds in high-speed telecom, datacom and instrumentation applications with a trusted, proven connector.”

The 28 Gbps high-speed links through 4mm stack height connectors meet/exceed requirements of the OIF Short Reach specification (CEI-28G-SR) for insertion loss (IL), insertion loss deviation (ILD), return loss (RL) and integrated cross-talk noise (ICN). In addition, eye patterns, bit-error rate (BER) and bathtub curve (BTC) simulations demonstrate 28 Gbps performance even without signal conditioning.

The MEG-Array connector has been designed to meet the needs of high-speed, high density applications. The combination of multiple stack heights (4mm to 14mm) and multiple sizes (81 signals to 528 signals) optimises design flexibility. BGA attachment supports low cost, standard SMT assembly processes. FCI has manufactured the MEG-Array Connector System since 1996, shipping more than 17 billion BGA lines to date.

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