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Active optical cables

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Molex has announced the introduction of its next-generation active optical cables (AOC), capable of transporting 12Gbps signals up to 100 metres. Molex has expanded its iPass connector cable assembly solution with the introduction of its high-density active optical cables, capable of delivering 48 Gbps data rates over four lanes of 12 Gbps.

The high-density AOCs feature a 3.00 mm cable outer diameter, the smaller size provides additional board space for system designers to implement more I/O ports.  The iPass+ HD system enables four 4x ports on low-profile PCIe cards, increasing the port density while providing easier routing through the cable management system. 

The high-density AOCs also offer a low power consumption of 0.9 W per cable for improved data-centre power consumption and thermal efficiency.  The cables are compliant with SAS-3 (12 Gbps) systems with optical-mode capability, InfiniBand (10 Gbps), Ethernet (10 Gbps) and are backward compatible with  SAS-2.1 (6 Gbps) optical-mode capable systems.