Ardent Concepts announced Thursday CA Series, its 32Gbps OEM optical connectors designed to meet needs and delivered with short lead times. Ardent’s proven technology satisfies extremely high node count requirements without extreme force. With contact heights as low as .030”, stack ups can be reduced without sacrificing signal integrity.
Cutting edge data centers and communications networks utilizing high speed optical ICs need interposers that can handle increasing data rates out to 32Gbps. With the growth of Internet of Things and increased data analytics, the need for engines and components that can handle this bandwidth growth becomes paramount.
The scalability of Ardent’s CA Series technology is enabling the next generation of optical device IC manufactures to allow for solderless high speed optical Electrical Modules. These connectors offer high speed input data rates in cost effective and real-estate friendly form factors.
“Many of our customers are building large scale systems and need to plan for future optical module upgradability and/or replacement. In the past, most data transmission modules were soldered down in manufacturing and required expensive rework to introduce new designs or replace faulty modules,” said Ardent’s president and chief technology officer, Gordon Vinther.
Last month, Ardent expanded its TR Multicoax series with a 20 GHz version of its Multicoax product. As a cost reducing alternative to cumbersome surface mount connectors, TR 20 is a value connector that has exceptionally low loss.
TR 20 is the realization of the needs of engineers whose bandwidth may not exceed 20 GHz, but that require a reliable, high density, and low loss alternative to solder-down components like SMAs. Moreover, with the ability to re-use TR 20 Multicoax across programs, savings can be exponential compared to single use soldered surface mount components and connectors.
The TR Multicoax Series line uses the same footprints across bandwidth versions, so as speed requirements grow, users don’t have to re-design their PCBs.