AppliedMicro and TE Connectivity Collaborate to Develop High-Speed Cable Connectivity Solutions for Data Center Networks

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Applied Micro Circuits Corporation and TE Connectivity collaborate to develop high-speed cable connectivity solutions for data center networks. The collaboration will result in active copper cables for connecting servers to top-of-rack (TOR) switches at 50Gbps and 40Gbps speeds using AppliedMicro's DSP-based transceiver and TE Connectivity's high-speed copper cable assemblies.

Rapid growth in data center and the ever-increasing CPU density within a rack typically create challenges in managing cable connections to the TOR switches while still maintaining the airflow required for cooling. By enabling market leading bandwidth over copper cables, data center operators will be able to reduce the number of cables connecting CPUs to TOR switches by up to 75 percent resulting in higher manageability, better cooling and lower cost.

"TE's high-performance copper cable assemblies, based on Madison TurboTwin parallel pair copper cable with unique drainless construction, provide the low insertion loss and low cross-talk margin necessary to support both NRZ and PAM4 signaling as will be required by networking and hyper-scale computing customers," said Omar Hassen, Associate Vice President at AppliedMicro."

Available in a broad range of wire gauges from 24 to 33 gauge and with cables from two pairs up to eight pairs in jacketed cable and breakout configurations, TE's copper cable assemblies are ideal for connecting server clusters, switches, routers and transport equipment in current and future data center requirements."

"AppliedMicro's 28nm low-power, high-speed PAM transceivers represent tremendous value to data center operators. They reside at the heart of cost, performance and manageability that will be required by tomorrow's cloud-based economy," said Arash Behziz, technologist on TE's system architecture team.

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