Amphenol Ardent Concepts has released a new form factor of its TR Multicoax connector. The new connector was designed specifically for solving signal integrity issues caused by serpentine trace routing from high speed devices. TR Equal Trace delivers superior signal integrity from multiple high-speed channels in an arched footprint, making it ideal for applications where equal and short trace lengths are imperative for performance tuning. In these cases, TR Equal Trace can eliminate the need to create complicated serpentine traces, helping to ensure signals reach their destination at the same time in data and clock routing for peak performance. The tight pitch of TR Equal Trace gets the connector closer to the device to reduce signal loss.

“Higher frequencies, data center and networking interoperability, and increasing board and component complexity and costs are driving a need for greater integration of transmit and receive optical components,” said Nat Stevens, Amphenol Ardent’s Director of Marketing. “Furthermore, small form-factor pluggable compliance and hosts boards are being manufactured in high volume for compliance testing. We recognized this as an opportunity to simplify or solve the challenges of characterizing these devices by offering a product with exceptional signal integrity, high density, and repeatability, in a novel new form factor.”

Ardent’s patent pending form factor of TR Equal Trace was designed to be used alongside the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) Type-1 IC-TROSA (Integrated Coherent Transmitter-Receiver Optical Subassembly). The Type-1 IC-TROSA project aims to help to reduce optical module size and to drive an industry consensus across leading optical component developers. The arched footprint of TR Equal Trace allows the traces coming off the back side of the IC-TROSA to be exactly the same length and extremely short to best showcase the performance of these devices. Similarly, users can avoid the traditional layout of multiple surface mount connectors and simplify trace matching on a host or module compliance board with just a TR Equal Trace and a footprint symbol on the PCB. TR Multicoax series connectors are offered in a variety of channel counts and form factors, such as right angle cable escape, and can support speeds of 70 GHz+ with a roadmap to 110 GHz in the near future.

About Amphenol Ardent Concepts

Ardent Concepts, Inc., was acquired by Amphenol ICC (AICC), a division of Amphenol, and a world leading provider of interconnect solutions for the Information, Communications and Commercial electronics markets in June of 2018. Amphenol Ardent Concepts (AAC) is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance multicoax assemblies, probes, connectors, and sockets used in the development of next generation semiconductors and electronics systems. Our core technology is the smallest, fastest, most electrically efficient compression mount connector technology worldwide. It is used to connect integrated circuits and printed circuit boards to instrumentation and to each other offering superior signal integrity in a high speed environment. Markets for our products include: Semiconductor, Test & Measurement, Military/Aerospace, Communications and Medical.