As system designers browse through connector catalogs and interconnect websites for mezzanine solutions, we tend to expect their considerations to be focused on signal density, high-speed signaling capabilities, circuit counts […]
As data rates trend upward, electronic OEM design engineers need new strategies to push the speed-density envelope of backplane interconnects, without degrading signal integrity. Data transmission magnify over longer links in backplanes, cables and PCB materials. High-speed networks typically require closely-coupled high-speed links, which are prone to noise, cross-talk and signal degradation. Signal integrity is paramount to reliable performance, which makes it vital that designers prevail in specifying the best solutions.
As data-transmission speeds continue rising, design engineers are tasked with delivering scalable systems to ease the transition from 10Gbps speeds to 25Gbps. The proliferation of high-speed and broadband systems in telecom, datacom, networking and other industrial and commercial applications yields greater potential for signal-integrity problems. As bandwidth, signal speed, and port density increase, so too the number of links (or ports), upping the likelihood of signal loss, cross talk, reflection, and mode conversion problems degrading performance, in addition to the potential for serious electromagnetic interference (EMI) and power integrity issues.