Sliver Connector Family

High Speed has never been more flexible

Our Sliver internal cabled interconnect system provides a solution to data rate increase challenges. It is flexible, robust and provides optimal signal integrity – while also saving space and lowering design costs. With a 0.6mm contact pitch, Sliver products are super slim, allowing you to fit more inside the box. In addition to card-edge configurations, we provide a highly robust metal housing design on the connector cage to help withstand cable pull while an active latch provides additional connection security. This new connectivity technology simplifies design and helps lower overall costs by eliminating the need for re-timers and more costly lower-loss PCB materials while reaching speeds up to 25 Gbps with the use of TE high speed cable.

Product Features

Specifications for Sliver
  • 0.6mm contact pitch 
  • Receptacle includes robust metal shell with cable latching
  • Vertical and Right Angle receptacle options accepts Sliver cable assemblies or PCB plug-in cards
  • Cable assemblies incorporate our high-speed, low-loss 33 AWG cable and can support both 85 and 100 ohm environments
  • 12G & 25G options provide economic solutions for a variety of applications

Sliver is scalable

Extends in increments of 8 differential pairs (DP)
  • 16DP (50pin)
  • 24DP (74pin)
  • 32DP (100pin) [Proposed]
  • 40DP (124pin)
  • 48DP (148pin) card edge only
Sliver right angle plug and vertical receptacle
Sliver right angle plug and vertical receptacle
Sliver right angle receptacle and vertical plug
Sliver right angle receptacle and straight plug

New Product: Sliver 2.0

Product Features
  • Rated up to 112G PAM-4 (56G NRZ)
  • Meets all current protocol performance requirements for PCIe Gen 3/4 (8G & 16G), SAS-3/4 (6G, 12G, & 24G), Ethernet protocols (10G & 25G per lane), InfiniBand (28G), and expected to meet performance for IEEE & OIF 56 Gbps, PCIe Gen 5, and SAS-5
  • Sizing options include 1C (x4), 2C (x8), and 4C (x16) in both right angle, and vertical sizes. All module cards can plug into any alternate configuration by design
New SFF-TA-1002 Spec Connector – Sliver 2.0

New SFF-TA-1002 Spec Connector – Sliver 2.0

  1. Sliver Internal Cabled Interconnects (English)

Designed to be one of the most flexible solutions on the market for making internal I/O connections on the board, TE’s Sliver product portfolio is a robust connector and cable assembly system that helps extend the reach for high data signals inside networking equipment from the microprocessors to other locations while maintaining optimal signal integrity.

Efficient & Effective

Sliver solutions lower overall costs and improve signal performance by:

  • Eliminating re-timers required due to lossy PCB materials
  • Eliminating more costly, lower loss PCB materials
  • Eliminating complex board-board PCB signal routing
Sliver card edge connector
Sliver card edge connector
Sliver vertical receptacle
Sliver vertical receptacle
Sliver right angle ribbon cable 74 pin (12G) and Sliver straight TwinAx 50 pin (25G) cable assemblies

Sliver right angle ribbon cable 74 pin (12G) and Sliver straight TwinAx 50 pin (25G) cable assemblies

Multiple Protocols Supported

Integrating protocols and high speed flexibility

Equipment designs using various standard and custom signal protocols are broadly adopting mid-board copper connectivity technology.

Protocols supported by Sliver include, but are not limited to:

  • PCIe Gen3/4 (8G & 16G)
  • SAS-3/4 (6G, 12G, & 24G)
  • Ethernet protocols (10G & 25G per lane)
  • Infiniband (28G)
  • Custom protocols (up to ~32G per lane)

Application Options

Opening up your design options and extending your reach with Sliver is possible for a wide range of applications including the following:

Sliver chip to chip
Chip to chip within a server with detachable interface (e.g. Sliver to Sliver with standard or custom protocol).
Sliver board-to-board
Board-to-board within a server or storage device (e.g. Sliver to Sliver or Sliver to standard PCIe or SAS).
Sliver chip to front panel I/O
Chip to front panel I/O within a server, router or switch (e.g. Sliver to Sliver or Sliver to custom cable & connectors).
Sliver card edge
High-speed card edge within a server or storage device (e.g. Sliver high density 25G or x16 PCIe interface).
Sliver is a flexible, robust, and cost effective connector and cable assembly solution providing improved performance and extended reach for high data rate signals within data networking applications.
Melissa Knox,
Product Manager
Various applications for Sliver interconnects

Sliver Interconnects: one solution enables multiple new designs including 1) mid-board cable applications, 2) backplane/mid-plane applications, 3) low-profile PCIe add-in card applications, 4) vertical card edge applications, and 5) horizontal card edge applications.