FCI announces the successful demonstration of a 20+ Gb/s data stream over


its new ultra-high density TwinMezz(TM) mezzanine connector system, which has


also been named a finalist in the 2010 DesignVision Awards program in the


Interconnect Technologies and Components category by the International


Engineering Consortium (IEC). The TwinMezz(TM) connector system provides


superior electrical performance at the highest data rates, the highest


signal density, and the lowest insertion force when compared to other


available mezzanine connectors.



The TwinMezz connectors exhibit very well-matched impedance, low insertion


loss, and low crosstalk, which make them well-suited for applications in


very high-speed environments.



Configurations with six differential signal pairs per column provide maximum


signal density, delivering 25 high-speed signal pairs in a square


centimeter, or 161 signal pairs in a square inch. The innovative


hermaphroditic design mates to itself and supports stack heights ranging


from 12mm to 40mm with 200 to 800 total contacts.



The TwinMezz connector system provides exceptional flexibility with options


for integrated molded or optional metal guides and the capability to mix


signal and power wafers in a single connector. The versatile open pin field


design offers additional flexibility by allowing for mixed differential,


single-ended or power pin assignments in a single connector. TwinMezz


connectors also feature FCI's patented BGA connector termination for easy


surface-mount attachment and efficient trace routing. For more information,


visit www.fciconnect.com/twinmezz.



The TwinMezz(TM) connector system, along with other leading edge high-speed and


power products from FCI, will be displayed February 2-3 in booth #515 at the


DesignCon conference and exhibition in Santa Clara, CA. DesignVision Award


winners will be announced at the conference on February 2.



About FCI's MezzSelect(TM) Program:


Today, eight of FCI's product families are part of the MezzSelect product


portfolio. With a number of current ongoing developments, the MezzSelect


product portfolio will be expanded with high speed, high density and small


contact pitch mezzanine connectors. The MezzSelect program also includes a


product selector, which can be accessed via FCI's website and is available


in printed copies as well. Based on mechanical and electrical selection


criteria the MezzSelect product selector allows for quick and easy selection


of the product that best suits the application.



About FCI:


With operations in 30 countries and sales of 1.25 billion euros in 2008, FCI


is a leading manufacturer of connectors. Our 13,000 employees are committed


to providing customers with high-quality, innovative products for a wide


range of consumer and industrial applications. For more information:


www.fci.com.