Backplane interconnect systems provider Amphenol and high-speed interconnect supplier FCI entered into second source agreements covering three connector product families: Amphenol's XCede and Crossbow interconnect platforms and FCI's ZipLine connector system. The XCede and Crossbow achieve over 20Gb/sec performance, not only as connectors, but in complete backplane systems. The components are becoming a standard for next generation backplane interconnect. FCI's ZipLine connector system offers over 80 differential pairs per linear inch on a 25mm card pitch. This dense packaging also allows extra space for signal routing on the backplane and improved airflow for cooling. "This relationship between the industry's technology leaders offers customers unmatched performance and density choices from the industry's most respected sources,"Martin Loeffler, Chairman & CEO of Amphenol Corporation, said in a statement.