TE’s CeeLok Offers Faster Ethernet Connection

Farnborough Air Show » 2012
July 8, 2012, 5:40 AM

TE Connectivity is featuring the recently launched CeeLok FAS-T Connector system at its Farnborough International Airshow display (Hall 4 Stand A17). CeeLok is made by the U.S. group’s aerospace, defense and marine division and the new product is designed to fill the need for rugged, small form-factor 10-gigabit Ethernet connectors. Existing network solutions typically use one-gigabit Ethernet, but there is a growing need for faster networking technologies, according to TE Connectivity, and “the 10-gigabit Ethernet protocol has emerged as the solution of choice.”

While greatly speeding up the network speed capability, CeeLok FAS-T connectors also weighs much less, uses less space, are more able to withstand harsh environments and minimize crosstalk while enhancing noise cancellation. The shell size of the CeeLok connector is just 0.75 inch, and the connector uses a 0.698-inch-diameter panel cutout. Noise canceling and decoupling to minimize crosstalk is enabled by the unique T-shaped pin pattern.

“This pattern was selected,” according to the company, “based on an existing TE Connectivity commercial connector interface that had met 10-gigabit Ethernet data transmission through signal integrity 3-D modeling software analysis and physical testing.”

CeeLok FAS-T is compatible with Cat5e, Cat6a and other protocols such as 90-Ohm USB 2.0 to 110-Ohm IEE FireWire. While incorporating all these improvements, FAS-T is also “mechanically robust and easily field repairable,” according to TE Connectivity. Also available to complement CeeLok FAS-T connectors, the company added, “are band straps, termination devices, molded boots, wire and cable and complete harnessing capabilities.”

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