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TE Connectivity, AppliedMicro Connect on Data Center Cable Effort

March 23, 2015

AppliedMicro Circuits Corp. and TE Connectivity are collaborating to create high-speed cable connectivity solutions for the data center.

The endgame for these vendors is to provide active copper cables to connect servers to top-of-rack switches at 40gbps and 50gbps data rates. Users of these solutions stand to benefit by reducing the number of cables needed to connect CPUs to switches by up to 75 percent; that, the vendors says, can translate into improved cooling and management, and lower costs.

The effort will leverage AppliedMicro’s 28nm low-power DSP-based PAM transceiver and TE Connectivity’s high-speed copper cable assemblies, which are available in a range of gauges from 24 to 33.

AppliedMicro sells a variety of gear, including a serial 40G PAN solution offering low power and high-speed ADC/DAC, a Multi Link Gearbox that allows for low-cost, high-efficiency server connectivity within a data center rack, and the HeliX 2 embedded ARMv8-A, 64-bit system on a chip for use in such applications as video streaming.

TE Connectivity is a $14 billion technology company that sells a wide variety of solutions, including distributed antenna solutions and sensors. In other news from TE Connectivity this month, the company announced that Terrence Curtin has been named president. The 14-year company veteran came from TE Connectivity’s industrial solutions business.

Tom Lynch, TE Connectivity chairman and CEO, to whom Curtin reports, commented:  "We are consistently executing our strategy and are well positioned to capitalize on the world's increasing demand for connectivity. Our product portfolio is stronger than ever with an unmatched range of connectivity and sensor solutions that serve customers in just about every industry. An essential part of our strategy is to evolve our organization and leadership to meet the increasing demands of the global environment in which we operate.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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