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Tyco Z-PACK HM-Zd product line supports 10Gbps speed

Posted: 16 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:tyco electronics? z-pack? hm? connector? iec 61076-4-101?

Tyco Electronics announced that its Z-PACK HM-Zd connector product line, an extension of its IEC 61076-4-101 hard metric (HM) connector family, will now be categorized as capable of supporting 10Gbps serial speeds. This is an update to the original performance categorization of the connector for differential applications in the 3Gbps to 5Gbps range.

"At the time the Z-PACK HM-Zd connector was introduced into the market, we conservatively categorized and marketed it based on the known electrical signaling requirements of the time," explained Bob Hnatuck, product manager for the connector family. "Since then, our investment in channel research, standards participation, and semiconductor vendor relations has helped us to determine the performance capabilities of the product. This is a case where the actual performance of the connector has exceeded our initial design estimates."

Tyco said it has been working with both semiconductor vendors and standards bodies to explore the bounds of performance of the system interconnect, which is a combination of performance of its active and passive components. "Tyco Electronics first demonstrated 10Gbps performance across a Z-PACK HM-Zd connector based platform at DesignCon 2002," said John D'Ambrosia, manager of semiconductor relations for Tyco Electronics. "Since then, we have had a multitude of other successful demonstrations as well as in-depth simulations by leading chip vendors demonstrating that the Z-PACK HM-Zd connector is capable of supporting 10Gbps speeds with proper channel design and emerging signaling techniques, such as NRZ with linear and non-linear equalization, PAM-4, and duo-binary."

This specification update provides a future upgrade path for system vendors who selected the Z-PACK HM-Zd connector for their XAUI based systems, added Tyco.

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