The next generation of pluggable I/O interconnects
TE is leading the industry in the design of microQSFP interconnects which offer 33% increased density over QSFP connectors and significantly better thermal performance than other pluggable solutions.
micro quad small form-factor pluggable (microQSFP) interconnects provide zQSFP+ (QSFP28) functionality in a smaller, generally SFP-sized form-factor. At 33% higher density than QSFP, microQSFP interconnects fit more ports (up to 72) on a standard line card, saving significant design space. The integrated module thermal solution on these products offers significantly better thermal performance than many other pluggable solutions on the market today, requiring less energy to cool equipment and allowing greater ease in system thermal design.
The technological innovations of the microQSFP connectors and cages have the potential to revolutionize the future development of pluggable interconnects for next-generation designs.
microQSFP sets a new standard for data center designs by doubling bandwidth and improving thermal performance with an integrated heatsink.
Key Benefits and Features
Higher Density Design Saves Space
- 4x28G solution (QSFP28 functionality in a smaller, generally SFP-sized form-factor)
- 33% higher density than QSFP
- Up to 72 ports on a standard line card
- 14.25mm port-to-port pitch
- Routable, three-high, belly-to-belly faceplate architecture
- Low-cost PCB design
Increased Thermal Performance Saves Energy Costs
- Integrated module thermal solution offers significantly better thermal performance than QSFP28 solutions
- Removed largest source of thermal resistance
- Heat sink material can be changed based on power level of optical engine
- Thermal performance does not suffer with highest density application
- Connector requires less energy to cool equipment and increases ease of system thermal design
Standardized Form Factor Supports Next-Generation Designs
- 56 Gbps performance with backwards compatibility to 28 Gbps
- Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) group has defined the mechanical features of the plug, cage and receptacle to provide standard interface with multiple connector and cable assembly sources
- Total data center functionality and broad market adoption on networking equipment expected to lead to higher volumes and lower costs