TE Connectivity (TE) recently introduced its new Sliver straddle-mount connectors that are the new standard form factor supporting a faceplate-pluggable Open Compute Project (OCP) NIC 3.0. A new extension of the Sliver product line, the straddle-mount connectors were designed to be useful for OCP NIC 3.0 cards in a low profile for ease of system maintenance and improved thermal management, says the company.
According to TE, the Sliver straddle-mount connectors for SFF-TA-1002 support high speeds through PCI Express (PCIe) Gen 5, with a roadmap to 112G. SFF-TA-1002 is a proposed alternative or replacement to many form factors, including M.2, U.2, and PCIe. The high-density, 0.6-mm pitch of the Sliver straddle-mount connectors also supports next-gen silicon PCIe lane counts, which is where current products in the market begin to max out.
OCP NIC 3.0 cards are horizontal and faceplate-pluggable, which helps to increase airflow through the enclosure and enable system ease of design. The Sliver straddle-mount products are among the most cost-effective and highest-performing solutions on the market, claims the company.
"OCP-compliant designs are taking the data center equipment industry by storm, and TE is a major supplier of connectors for these designs," said Ann Ou, product manager at TE. "Our Sliver straddle-mount products deliver high performance and density in a standardized form factor to facilitate design and manufacturing for our data center equipment partners."
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