Amphenol, PCI-SIG launch PCIe Gen 6 connectors for next-gen enterprise servers

Dec. 28, 2022
New connectors are positioned for use in advanced servers, data center, storage, workstation, and networking equipment deployed to power big data applications, including those for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies.

Amphenol Communications Solutions this week announced the launch of its PCIe® Gen 6 Mini Cool Edge IO GH01 Series platform.

Co-developed with the PCI-SIG association, these high-speed and small form factor of 0.6mm pitch connectors perform fully to Gen 6 SI performance at 85ohm impedance.

The connectors are positioned for use in servers, data center, storage, workstation, and networking equipment deployed to power big data applications, including those for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies.

Oscar Yu, product marketing manager for Amphenol Communications Solutions, explained:

"Capable of transmitting at PCIe Gen 6 high-speed specification of PAM4 64Gbps, the Mini Cool Edge IO is already adopted by several world-leading enterprise data center solution providers in their next-generation server equipment."

Connectors support both cable and card edge applications

The PCIe® Gen 6 Mini Cool Edge IO is officially billed as a 0.60mm pitch connector family that comes with a slim form factor design and is capable of transmitting high-speed signals up to 64G PAM4/PCIe Gen 6.

Supporting both cable and card edge applications with one connector 85ohm impedance, and various pin number options meeting PCIe/NVMe/SAS specifications, the manufacturer says the GH01 is a high-speed connector geared to provide flexibility in system design to meet the modular, scalable, and easy-to-repair requirements of enterprise server solution providers.

Amphenol's Yu added:

"Mini Cool Edge IO not only provides a SI performance-ready signal transmission but also a new way of system design that is cost-effective, highly modular, scalable, and extremely easy to repair. Working closely with the PCI-SIG committee and in line with Amphenol's spirit of innovation, we are delighted to launch the PCIe® Gen 6 Mini Cool Edge IO GH01 Series."

Product availability

Amphenol Communications Solutions' PCIe® Gen 6 Mini Cool Edge IO standard product offering of 74-pin 8X right angle and 74-pin 8X vertical connectors are now available, along with options for customized features.

Product samples of 124-pin 16X vertical and 38-pin 4X vertical connectors will be available in Q1 2023.

Amphenol Communications Solutions has an expansive global presence in research and development, manufacturing, and sales. The company designs and manufactures a wide range of innovative connectors, as well as cable assemblies, for diverse applications including server, storage, data center, networking, industrial, business equipment and automotive.

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