October 28, 2008 -- W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. announced the addition of the GORE QSFP copper cable assemblies to its line of products specifically designed for the high-performance computing (HPC) industry. Ideally suited for InfiniBand, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 40 Gigabit Ethernet applications, the new assemblies improve signal reliability at speeds over the standard InfiniBand QDR data rate 10 Gbps/channel, maintains the company.
A proprietary design and the low dielectric materials used in the cable's construction improves bend radius over longer distances in small cross-sectional areas, contends Gore. Sean Souffie, Gore's product specialist for the GORE QSFP copper cable assemblies says, "Our cables have been designed to reach farther than other cables and ease cable management through tight spaces due to its smaller size. It does all of this without sacrificing signal quality and reliability."
The QSFP copper cable assemblies are also offered with the GORE EYE-OPENER+ conductor technology, a patented design that yields the highest data rate and longest distance in the smallest cable available in the marketplace today. Gore's QSFP active assemblies are currently being field tested and will allow the cable to either extend three times farther or use a smaller diameter cable than a passive interconnect. Other key features, according to the company, include very low latency, reduced jitter and a maximum signal eye opening.
Souffie adds, "Creating a superior cable requires an understanding of a variety of complex issues. For example, technical issues such as crosstalk, jitter, and the relationship between distance and signal quality all have a direct effect on a cable's design. In addition, the impact of environmental issues like energy consumption and physical location must be considered during the design phase. Our development team works closely with users from the Top 500 List to ensure that our cables meet all of the HPC industry's needs - high-quality signal transmission, easier installation, improved reliability, and lower maintenance costs."
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