Jaren May
Our LGA 3647 socket addresses the next generation design requirements of Intel Corporation’s processors specified under their new server platforms that offer higher performance and better system scaling.

Jaren has worked in Product Management with TE Connectivity for seven years while being based in Asia for the past four years.  During his time with TE, he has led product strategies in both data center and consumer electronics markets. He is currently leading the team to develop next generation processor sockets. When Jaren is not working, his passion is diving in the waters of Southeast Asia. 

1

TE is the first to produce LGA sockets featuring a two-piece design. What impact will the design have?

The LGA 3647 is an industry standard design for the x86 platform. Typically in the processor socket industry there are only a few suppliers that are validated for proprietary processors. Our LGA 3647 socket addresses the next generation design requirements of Intel Corporation’s processors specified under their new server platforms that offer higher performance and better system scaling. Specifically, the two piece design improves performance by reducing potential warping issues as IC processors get larger and more powerful.

2

Will LGA sockets with two-piece design be adopted in data center connectivity and will TE continue to develop socket products?

Yes. TE is a leader in the data center industry when it comes to processor sockets connectivity due to both our strong technical and operational capabilities. Next generation data center processors demand more robust designs that provide reliable coplanarity. The two piece design better addresses many of the performance requirements of these newer processors and will likely be a concept employed for similar future designs. Being one of a limited number of suppliers, TE is committed to being a key source for this new socket and other next generation sockets.

3

What is the advantage of a two-piece design?

The main difference between traditional LGA sockets and the new two-piece socket is the size. A previous generation data center socket has 2,011 pins, while this new LGA socket has 3,647 pins. A two-piece design improves issues with warpage and offers better coplanarity and contact reliability.

4

How did LGA 3647 socket address connector warpage issues?

As sockets become larger it becomes more challenging to maintain the flatness. The old LGA socket design had a limit of approximately 3,000 pins to maintain flatness in a one piece solution. The two piece design allows us to maintain the flatness in two smaller pieces rather than one very large piece. TE’s operational processes (capabilities) ensures that products shipped meet stringent flatness requirements.

5

When do you think these new LGA sockets will be widely adopted?

There are companies that have started to adopt the LGA 3647 design. We forecast that the majority of the market will adopt the two piece design by the end of 2017 and by 2018 we expect the two-piece socket to be the mainstream processor socket in data centers.

6

What is the current development status, as well as the trends, of CPU sockets?

Shipments of servers will continue to increase while the number of connected devices and need for data explodes. I expect the need for standard processor sockets for the x86 platform will be strong. There will also be a need for customized sockets to meet the needs of niche markets where higher speeds and even larger IC packages are required. TE is positioned to support both the general market, as well as the niche markets.

... by the end of 2017 and by 2018 we expect the two-piece socket to be the mainstream processor socket in data centers.
Jaren May,
Product Manager, Data and Devices