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Molex Debuts High-Speed Solutions, Processes and Partnership at DesignCon 2016

January 18, 2016
By Business Wire News


Molex, LLC will showcase its extensive technical expertise and broad product portfolio at DesignCon 2016 Expo and Conference, to be held January 20-21 at the Santa Clara Conference Center in Santa Clara, CA. Demonstrations at Molex booth 817 will highlight products that meet growing demand for increased network bandwidth and advanced technology. The company will also have on display its deep portfolio of products that support a wide-range of data rates in multiple connector sizes and shapes.

“Molex will focus on solutions that meet the most stringent high-speed performance requirements in the industry,” said Jairo Guerrero, director of marketing, enterprise business unit, Molex. “Our interconnect solutions also allow the flexibility and scalability required to meet the needs of next-generation system architectures.

Product Showcase

In addition to these offerings, Molex will be debuting several other new products, including advanced analysis tools and heat dissipation options.

Molex Events

David Brunker, technical fellow, Molex will join other industry experts in a panel discussion titled “Getting Smooth Copper and Keeping It” in Ballroom F on Thursday, January 21 from 3:45pm to 5:00pm. Copper surface roughness has become a defining element in establishing high-speed channels. The session will address the manufacturing of copper foils; discuss the application of smooth foils to PCB laminate materials; provide detail on the PCB fabrication process; and elaborate on the role of standards committees in providing surface metrics, among other topics.

Also, Molex will host a cocktail reception open to exhibition attendees on Wednesday, January 20th from 5:00 pm to 6:00pm in booth 817.

Molex Product Demonstrations

Four demonstrations will take place in Molex Booth 817, including:

  • Molex and Credo Semiconductor will be demonstrating both 50 Gbps NRZ and 50 Gbps PAM4 live serial traffic. The companies will use a high-speed copper cable to demonstrate the error-free 50 Gbps NRZ and the 50 Gbps PAM4 live serial traffic on the zQSFP™ form factor. Credo will supply transmitting and receiving electronics and will drive a cable assembly using 50 Gbps NRZ and 50 Gbps PAM4 encoded data streams. The demo will use a Molex zQSFP+ cable assembly and a zQSFP+ SMT connector interface.
  • Impel Backplane Connector System: Molex will be demonstrating the Impel backplane technology operating in compliance to OIF CEI-56G-LR, on various channel lengths using Megtron 6 material and Avago Technologies’ PAM4 test silicon. The live demonstration will provide critical channel output through a complete high-speed link, leveraging Avago’s PAM4 SerDes technology to transmit 56 Gbps PAM4 data through Molex’s Impel/Impel Plus copper backplane solution. The Impel backplane connector demonstration will allow customers to witness and engage with Molex and Avago’s technical resources to better understand the requirements and challenges related to OIF CEI-56G-LR and how Molex and Avago’s innovative solutions can address these requirements.
  • zQSFP+™ Thermal Management: Molex will demonstrate the latest stacked zQSFP+TM connector thermal management technologies. Featured solutions will be the zQSFP+ Thru-Flow and Internal Riding Heat Sink (IRHS). Molex thermally enhanced products allow customers to select the option that is best suited to their application.
  • NeoPress High Speed Mezzanine System: Molex will be demonstrating the NeoPress High Speed Mezzanine solution at 28 Gbps. This live demonstration will showcase NeoPress channel performance, and the ease of operating Tektronix’s equipment and software. The demonstration will also show customers the rugged and configurable design of NeoPress with mated stack heights 15 to 40mm.

“As a global leader in interconnect solutions, we find that DesignCon provides the right forum to showcase our complete product portfolio and introduce new technologies to our customers in a relaxed, informal environment,” said Guerrero. “It is all about the customer experience, and interactive demos allow us to demonstrate key performance features alongside our silicon partners in real channel applications, making it a more hands-on experience.”

For more information please visit Molex booth 817 or

About Molex, LLC

Providing more than connectors, Molex delivers complete interconnect solutions for a number of markets including: data communications, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle, aerospace and defense, medical, and lighting. Established in 1938, Molex is a global company with a presence in more than 40 countries. The Molex website is Follow us at, watch our videos at, connect with us at and read our blog at

Molex is a registered trademark of Molex, LLC in the United States of America and may be registered in other jurisdictions.

NeoPress is a trademark of Molex, LLC in the United States and may be registered in certain jurisdictions.

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