QSFP Portfolio of Interconnects

Get the Speed You Need, from Q to Z!

The complete quad small form factor pluggable (QSFP) portfolio of interconnects, including QSFP/QSFP+ and zQSFP+ (QSFP28), delivers a large range of simple and customizable design options.

Built to meet your requirements for today and tomorrow, our QSFP/QSFP+ and zQSFP+ interconnects offer data rates up to 28 Gbps in an industry standard, scalable design. The flexibility of the entire QSFP portfolio provides a simple upgrade path from 10 Gbps to 28 Gbps — including four channels of data in one pluggable interface. Each channel is capable of transferring data from 10 to 28 Gbps and supports a total of up to 100 Gbps per port. These interconnects have 3x the density of SFP products, and the QSFP product portfolio includes cages in single, ganged, and stacked configurations with various light pipe, bezel mount, and heat sink options.

↑DATA

Up to 28 gigabits per second data transfer rates

↓EMI

Improved EMI performance through 28 Gbps

10-28

Designed for simple upgrade from 10–28 Gbps

Backwards Compatible and Flexible

for a Simple Upgrade Path

The backwards compatibility with QSFP/QSFP+ cables and transceivers and the flexibility of the entire QSFP portfolio offer a simple upgrade path from 10 Gbps to 28 Gbps. The infographic below compares each product in this portfolio: 

Speed Comparison for QSFP/QSFP+ and zQSFP+ Interconnects

Speed Comparison for QSFP/QSFP+ and zQSFP+ Interconnects

Features and Benefits

zQSFP+ Connectors
  • Increased data rates up to 28 Gbps per lane
  • Supports 100 Gbps Ethernet (28 Gbps x 4), 100 Gbps InfiniBand (IB) Enhanced Data Rate (EDR), 128G Fibre Channel, and 25G/50G Consortium
  • 2.5 times more throughput than traditional QSFP solutions
  • Higher loss budget for optics and copper cables at 10 Gbps
  • Dual-sourced product available through Molex LLC
  • Backwards compatible with QSFP/QSFP+ cables and transceivers 

QSFP/QSFP+ Connectors
  • 4 channels in one interface
  • Supports 10 Gbps Ethernet and 14 Gbps IB requirements (FDR)
  • 3–4x the density of SFP+ and XFP
  • Uses 38-position SMT connector
     

Designed Today for Future Speeds: zQSFP+ Interconnects (English)

Our portfolio of zQSFP+ interconnects offers 2.5 times more throughput than existing interconnect solutions to help meet today’s design challenges.

Applications

The QSFP Product Portfolio
  • Network Interface
  • Switches, Servers, and Routers
  • Wireless Base Stations
  • Test and Measurement Equipment
  • Storage and Optical Transport
     
Network Interface
Network Interface
Switches, Servers, and Routers
Switches, Servers, and Routers
Wireless Base Stations
Wireless Base Stations
Test and Measurement Equipment
Test and Measurement Equipment

Cage Configuration Options

Single, Ganged, and Stacked

The QSFP product portfolio includes cages in single, ganged, and stacked configurations with various light pipe, bezel mount, and heat sink options. 

Single and Ganged Cage Configurations with Multiple Bezel Mount Options
Single and Ganged Cage Configurations with Multiple Bezel Mount Options
Stacked Cage Configuration with EMI Springs
Stacked Cage Configuration with EMI Springs
Various Cage Configurations Available with Heat Sink and Lightpipe Options
Various Cage Configurations Available with Heat Sink and Lightpipe Options
Low Insertion Force Bezel Cage
Low Insertion Force Bezel Cages for high density faceplates.

Frequently Asked Questions

QSFP/QSFP+ and zQSFP+ Portfolio

Question Answer
What data rate does QSFP product portfolio support? zQSFP+ connectors support 100 Gbps Ethernet and 100 Gbps InfiniBand requirements. QSFP+ connectors support up to 10 Gbps per channel Ethernet (40G total) and 14 Gbps per channel InfiniBand (56 Gbps total).
Is TE’s footprint compatible with other suppliers? Single port QSFP+ cages are industry standard footprints. Most zQSFP+ cages are footprint compatible with Molex. It is always recommended to double check PCB footprint and bezel cutout compatibility.
Are heat sinks available? Yes, we offer a generous portfolio of heat sink heights and styles, as well as custom heat sinks upon request.
Is application tooling required? Single port cage assemblies require only flat-rock tooling, while ganged and stacked assemblies require specific application tooling.
What are the main differences between TE's QSFP+ and zQSFP+ products?
Electrically, QSFP+ is a 10 Gbps solution while zQSFP+ is a 28 Gbps solution. Mechanically, they share the same interface, but the footprint of zQSFP+ is slightly deeper than QSFP+.