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Press Release
For Immediate Release

SFP Multi-Port Connectors from Molex Meet Increased Density and Speed Requirements for Storage and Networking Applications

LISLE, Ill. - October 12, 2005 - To meet the networking and storage industry's demands for increased density and speed, Molex Incorporated has expanded its Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) product offering. The new SFP Stacked Multi-Port Connectors offer high port density with complete integration of stacked 20-circuit SFP connector ports within a cage. Also, an integrated lightpipe option provides port status indication and activity feedback. Ideal for networking, storage and telecommunication applications, such as hubs, routers, servers and switches, their high-speed contact design meets 4.25 Gbps SFP requirements and accommodates speeds up to 10 Gpbs.

The connectors have five port configurations (two-by-one, two-by-two, two-by-four, two-by-five and two-by-six) and are available in two heights. The medium height of 25.50mm (1.004") meets industry standards and is consistent with the stacked multi-port modular jack design. The tall height of 29.30mm (1.154") is designed for 1U applications and is only available in the two-by-one port configuration.

"With increased port density, as well as up to 12 ports and an integrated lightpipe option, the SFP Stacked Multi-Port Connectors offer design engineers a complete solution," said Dave Stevenson, product manager, Molex Incorporated. "Expanding our SFP line further strengthens our commitment to developing products that meet the networking and storage industry's requirements for higher density and increased speeds."

The connector's modules when inserted are oriented belly-to-belly to ease module removal from the port. Their integrated lightpipes support mono and bi-color SMT Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). The new connectors accept SFP MSA-compliant modules, allowing installers to configure and upgrade high-speed Ethernet and Fibre Channel (FC) ports. With a pitch of 0.80mm (0.031"), the SFP Multi-Port Connectors are designed with tin-lead press-fit tails, allowing the connector to be removed from the PCB for rework purposes. Plus, tin-plated tails are also available to meet lead-free requirements.

The SFP Stacked Multi-Port Connectors offer a high-density solution that meets the demand for increased speeds.

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