TE Connectivity has introduced its new zSFP+ stacked belly-to-belly connectors that are designed to support data rates at both 28G NRZ and 56 Gbps PAM-4. The upright latching feature for zSFP+ stacked belly-to-belly connectors is a key capability that can accommodate four row belly-to-belly applications to enable higher faceplate density and maximize printed circuit board (PCB) space usage for hyperscale data centers and networking switch applications.
This expanded portfolio includes 2×4 and 2×12 configurations, which offer design flexibility to address different application needs. zSFP+ stacked belly-to-belly connectors are backward-compatible to previous generations by sharing the same mating interface and cage dimensions with the entire SFP/SFP+/SFP 28 portfolio, facilitating easy design-in and system upgrades.
“We see that 56-gigabit PAM-4 performance is becoming a standard in hyperscale data centers and high-end network switches and routers, and many customers are demanding PAM-4 support as well as higher faceplate density,” said Jimmy Ju, product manager at TE Connectivity’s data and devices business unit. “TE’s new zSFP+ stacked belly-to-belly connectors offer both features to facilitate higher data center performance.”