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Molex has announced the Ipass+ high-speed channel (HSC) pluggable CXP copper and optical interconnect system that enables 12 channels of 10Gbps data for up to 120Gbps of total bandwidth.

The Ipass+ CXP provides both copper and optical direct attach options for the same system port, thereby increasing the flexibility of system-level hardware for end users.

This dual paddle-card system was adopted as the Infiniband Architecture Specification Vol 2 Release 1.2.1; Annex A6 in September 2009.

The unitary press-fit connector and cage assembly provides one-step placement to the host board and is offered in both single and stacked dual-port configurations.

Molex CXP 12X direct attach copper cables are designed to accommodate single, ganged or stacked connector configurations in extremely high-density requirements.

CXP passive copper cables are available in a variety of lengths.

Molex is developing optical CXP solutions with AOC (active optical cables) pluggable optical module cable assemblies and loopbacks.

Cabling options for CXP optical products include 24-fibre round OFNP (optical fibre nonconductive plenum) rated jackets in 3.8mm and 5.4mm diameters filling both shorter rack-to-rack and longer riser cabling requirements.

The round cable construction is claimed to offer better fibre management over traditional flat cables for connecting CXP ports.

CXP optical cable assemblies for pluggable transceiver applications utilise 24-fibre (12 transmit and 12 receive) high-bandwidth OM3 cable using industry-standard MTP/MPO connectors.

This design meets the Infiniband bandwidth requirements for CXP modules for lengths up to 300m (984.25ft).

Products also include MTP/MPO-to-LC cable assemblies for connections to small form-factor pluggable (SFP) or LC patch panels.

MPO CXP loopbacks feature a compact housing that loops optical TX to RX ports for testing, burn-in and field troubleshooting.

Molex’s Ipass+ HSC CXP system is the latest addition to the Ipass product range.

The Ipass interconnect system offers connectors and cables that enable flexible speed compatibility for applications ranging from 1Gbps to 10Gbps and is suitable for the high-performance computing and data centre markets.

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