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Connectors target high-speed xDSL apps

Posted: 09 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FCI? SOFIX? cable? board connectors?

FCI's SOFIX cable and board connectors

FCI has developed SOFIX cable and board connectors for high-speed xDSL communications and data links. The adaptation of shielded SOFIX interconnects for ADSL links, which expands the applications of the SOFIX technology, provides EMC-protected, long-distance links.

The SOFIX I/O interconnection system consists of right-angle PCB headers and cable connectors that are suitable for the distribution of signals or power. Signal connectors provide high-density, shielded and high-speed connections, making them suited for use in communications and data equipment. The complete range of SOFIX products can be customized for specific applications.

SOFIX 4x6 signal connectors feature densities up to 96 lines per 10cm on 20mm slot pitch and 25mm connector pitch. The 2x4 signal connectors provide 45 lines per 10cm on 15mm slot pitch and 17.5mm connector pitch. The connectors are fully shielded down to the PCB level and support a wide range of cable types and diameters. The SOFIX PCB connectors may be specified for either wave- or "pin-in-paste" reflow solder termination and cable plugs with either insulation displacement contacts (IDC) or solder cable termination.

The fully-shielded 2mm I/O system is said to meet the demanding requirements of ADSL and VDSL markets. Custom SOFIX solutions have been tested in real-world applications and are currently used for 10/100 BaseT and 1000 BaseT interfaces. The SOFIX I/O system has shown cross-talk performance of less than -55dB in VDSL 20Mbps applications with custom pin assignments, said the company.

- Gina Roos

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