High-speed Impel data cable solution supports Open19 initiative

22nd March 2017
Posted By : Anna Flockett
High-speed Impel data cable solution supports Open19 initiative

Supporting the Open19 initiative, Molex has announced it will be backing platform which aims to establish a new open standard for data centre servers. Open19 defines a common form factor, the power distribution and network connectivity to servers, storage and other data centre hardware that can fit within a 2RU or smaller chassis.

“Molex enthusiastically supports the dynamic Open19 initiative and the development of cost-optimised hardware standards to serve the open server and rack ecosystem of data centres,” said Ryan Wade, Global Product Manager, Molex.

Open 19 actively solicited partner participation and contributions to achieve a lower cost per rack, lower cost per server, and optimised power utilisation in an adoptable, economical and customisable open standard to fit any 19” rack environment for server, storage and networking. 

The Open19 platform will be on display and spotlighted in a live demonstration at the CeBIT exhibition in Hannover Hall 4, booth B34, in Germany, from 20th-24th March 2017.

The Open19 demonstration will include a Molex Impel Customised Data Cable solution delivering superior signal integrity and density. Impel and Impel Plus Backplane Connectors and Customised Cables provide a scalable price and performance path to meet today’s data rates and future data-rate enhancements. The Molex Impel footprint and interface can drive speeds that achieve 25GNRZ with a migration path to 56GNRZ and 56GPAM4, so OEMs do not need to completely redesign architecture or replace existing hardware in data centres.

Molex Impel solutions achieve data rates up to 56Gbps while delivering optimal signal integrity using a grounding tail aligner that minimises impedance discontinuities and crosstalk. An innovative signal interface improves insertion loss over in-line beams, pushing frequencies past 30GHz. Driving the density and speeds required to support next-generation 100Gbps data centre deployment, the customised Impel cable allows connection of 48 servers to one Open19 switch. The plug-and-play solution aligns with standard 19” rack deployment and allows quick upgrade of legacy hardware.

Wade added: “The Molex Impel line supports key advantages the Open19 platform can bring small-scale to large data centre customers. Impel solutions are scalable, modular, economical, interoperable, highly efficient, and easy to source and integrate into existing server and data centre technologies.”

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