New Product: microQSFP Interconnects

microQSFP Interconnects

TE's micro-QSFP Enables Next-Generation Infrastructure for Data Centers

New Connectors Increase Faceplate Density by 33% for Greater Data Throughput

July 27, 2016

Harrisburg, Pa. – TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, today announced the launch of its micro Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (microQSFP) product line, the next generation of pluggable input/output (I/O) interconnects. The microQSFP connectors help solve key challenges relating to bandwith, thermal performance and energy costs in data storage centers. TE is the first company to bring microQSFP products to market from the microQSFP Multi Source Agreement (MSA) group that is creating an industry-wide ecosystem for microQSFP, and ensuring that products can be easily adopted and integrated into existing data center designs.

The increase in consumer demand for video content and streaming internet services requires significant increases in bandwidth, but standard I/O connectors are limited in their ability to deliver greater throughput in existing infrastructures because of their size and external heatsink. MicroQSFP connectors deliver QSFP28 functionality in a smaller, generally SFP-sized form factor while providing significantly better thermal performance to help save energy costs, improved electrical performance at 25 gigabits per second (Gbps) and 33 percent higher density than QSFP to fit more ports on a standard line card.

“At a time when faceplate real estate and thermal performance are at a premium, TE’s microQSFP products deliver on both counts,” said Phil Gilchrist, CTO, TE Data and Devices. “The technological innovations of TE’s microQSFP products can revolutionize the industry by enabling customers to place up to 72 ports of 100 Gbps each on a 1RU line card.”

The new microQSFP connectors deliver 56Gbps performance with backward compatibility to 28Gbps to support next generation designs. Built-in fins on TE’s new connectors eliminate the need for additional clips and heatsinks and allow faceplate airflow to the interior of the equipment, which helps microQSFP deliver significantly better thermal performance than QSFP28 and other leading solutions.

TE’s microQSFP products are the first available to the market from the microQSFP MSA group. TE led the formation of the microQSFP MSA group, which also includes 19 other leading suppliers and manufacturers in the industry. For more information on the microQSFP MSA, please visit

About TE

TE Connectivity Ltd. is a $13 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 78,000 employees, including more than 7,000 engineers, working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS.

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