At Interop 2008, Molex featured its I-Trac backplane connector system in an error-free 10GBASE-KR (IEEE Std 802.3ap 2007) 10+ Gbps data transmission demonstration. The I-Trac reference backplane is a versatile system-level evaluation platform that quickly and accurately evaluates channel performance under a variety of design parameters and conditions. A 10GBASE-KR PHY device from Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) was used to generate data over a 1 m channel on the I-Trac backplane. Because of the backplane‚â€™s error-free signal transmission, it can be used in new platforms designed to operate in the 10+ Gbps environment.
The Molex I-Trac system features a broadside-coupled, skew-equalized design that handles speeds to 12.5+ Gbps. It offers multiple benefits over other backplane products, including superior impedance control, lower crosstalk, and higher overall bandwidth. With its open pin-field design, the I-Trac System gives designers the flexibility to assign high-speed differential pairs, low-speed signals, power, and ground contacts anywhere within the pin-field.
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