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High-Speed Connectors support pluggable, optical transceivers.

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Press Release Summary:

April 24, 2012 - With 4 mm connection height, MEG-Array® Connectors perform at 28 Gbps per electrical lane, meeting/exceeding requirements of OIF Short Reach specification for insertion loss, insertion loss deviation, return loss, and integrated cross-talk noise. Eye patterns, bit-error rate, and bathtub curve simulations demonstrate 28 Gbps performance even without signal conditioning. Featuring BGA attachment for SMT assembly, connectors are suited for telecom, datacom, and instrumentation applications.

Original Press Release

FCI MEG-Array® Connectors Perform Up to 28 Gbps for Next-Generation Pluggable Optical Transceivers

Press release date: April 11, 2012

ETTERS, Penn. - FCI, a leading manufacturer of connectors and interconnect systems, has announced that its MEG-Array® Connectors, in 4mm connection height, can now be recommended for next-generation pluggable, optical transceivers because they perform at the higher speeds of 28 Gbps per electrical lane.

"The MEG-Array® Connector design is a successful, legacy electrical interface to PAROLI, SNAP-12, POP4, PPOD embedded optical modules and 300 pin MSA transponders," said David Hansen, FCI Product Manager. "This level of performance will allow MEG-Array® connector customers to reach new speeds in high-speed telecom, datacom and instrumentation applications with a trusted, proven connector."

The 28 Gbps high-speed links through 4mm stack height connectors meet/exceed requirements of the OIF Short Reach specification (CEI-28G-SR) for insertion loss (IL), insertion loss deviation (ILD), return loss (RL) and integrated cross-talk noise (ICN). In addition, eye patterns, bit-error rate (BER) and bathtub curve (BTC) simulations demonstrate 28 Gbps performance even without signal conditioning.

The MEG-Array® connector is designed to meet the needs of high-speed, high density applications. The combination of multiple stack heights (4mm to 14mm) and multiple sizes (81 signals to 528 signals) optimizes design flexibility. BGA attachment supports low cost, standard SMT assembly processes. FCI has manufactured the MEG-Array® Connector System since 1996, shipping more than 17 billion BGA lines.

For more information on the high-speed interconnect and power product portfolio from FCI, please visit the web at or contact FCI at 825 Old Trail Road, Etters, PA 17319-7883; call 800-237-2374; or email at

About FCI
With 14,000 employees in 30 countries and sales of 1.1 billion euros in 2011, FCI is a global manufacturer of connectors for various markets such as automotive, telecommunications infrastructure, consumer and industrial electronics. For more information:

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