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Card-edge connectors from FCI support PCIe ExpressModule

Posted: 10 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Gina Roos? FCI? 10055293? 10055295? card-edge connector?

FCI has developed card-edge connectors for PCI Express ExpressModule modular I/O adapters used in rack servers.

Available in two connector size and interface options, part series 10055293 devices are 98-position connectors that support up to a x8 PCI Express (PCIe) connection, while part series 10055295 are larger, 140-position connectors that also provide an internal storage interface for up to four x1 ports of SATA/SAS and sideband signals in addition to the x8 PCIe link.

The card-edge connectors utilize an "eye-of-needle"-compliant section for termination to a backplane. The press-fit connectors are targeted for use on 2.36mm to 4.19mm thick PCBs. By using press-fit connectors, manufacturers can eliminate soldering problems and improve manufacturing yields when implementing I/O slots on thick backplanes. RoHS-compliant connector versions are available.

ExpressModule adapters are designed for closed chassis insertion and removal, while the chassis is under power, without damage to the server chassis or module. This capability, in combination with the enclosed module design, is expected to significantly reduce IT service and support costs since the installation or replacement of modules will not require skilled personnel, according to the company.

Typical pricing ranges from 1 cent to 2 cents per contact for 2,000-piece order quantities, depending on configuration. Samples are available for delivery, with production lead times from stock to eight weeks.

- Gina Roos

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