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PCI Express® is an I/O interconnect bus standard (which includes a protocol and a layered architecture) that expands on and doubles the data transfer rates of original PCI. PCI Express® is a two-way, serial connection that carries data in packets along two pairs of point-to-point data lanes, compared to the single parallel data bus of traditional PCI that routes data at a set rate.

High-speed edge card sockets support one, four, eight and sixteen PCI Express® links and mate with PCI Express® cable assemblies.

PCI Express® active optical cable assemblies in x4 and x8 form factors with four independent, full-duplex optical channels to support Gen 3 data rates up to 100 meters. They feature a fully integrated electrical to optical conversion engine available in full active optical cables with host and target, or half active optical cables with MTP end option.

Samtec offers both PCI Express® connector and cable solutions.

PCI Express® Form Factor

  • PCIE – PCI Express® Standard Board Level Receptacle
  • PCIEC – PCI Express® Extender Cable for debug and characterization
  • PCIEO – PCI Express® Optical Extender Cable, capable to Gen 3
  • PCOA – PCIe®-Over-Fiber Adaptor Card with FireFly™ Optical Cable
  • PCRF – PCI Express® Cable with SMA’s for debug
  • PCUO – PCIe®-Over-Fiber FireFly™ Optical Cable Assembly

PCI Express® Speeds

  • ECDP – Edge Rate® Edge Card Twinax Cable Assembly
  • ECUE – FireFly™ Copper Micro Flyover Cable Assembly
  • EPLSP / HDLSP – Eye Speed® and Eye Speed® HD I/O High-Speed Cable Assemblies
  • EQCD / EQDP – Q Strip® 0.80 mm Pitch Micro Coax and Twinax High-Speed Cable Assemblies
  • EQRD – Q Rate® Micro Coax High-Speed Cable Assembly
  • ERCD / ERDP – Edge Rate® Micro Coax and Twinax High-Speed Cable Assemblies
  • ERM8 / ERF8 – Edge Rate® High-Speed Connector Strips
  • DPAM / DPAF – High-Speed Differential Pair Array
  • FCF8 – High-Speed Cost-Effective Micro Coax Cable Assembly
  • QSE-DP / QTE-DP – Q Strip® 0.80 mm Pitch High-Speed Connector Strips
  • HQCD / HQDP – Q Strip® 0.50 mm Pitch Micro Coax and Twinax High-Speed Cable Assemblies
  • QMS-DP / QFS-DP – Q2™ High-Speed Connector Strips
  • QRM8 / QRF8 – Q Rate® High-Speed Slim Body Connector Strips
  • QSH-DP / QTH-DP – Q Strip® 0.50 mm Pitch High-Speed Connector Strips
  • RU8 - HSEC8-DV / HSC8 – Board Stacking System
  • SEAC – SEARAY™ High-Speed Open-Pin-Field Array Cable Assembly
  • SEAM / SEAF – SEARAY™ High-Speed Open-Pin-Field Array
  • 6QCD – Q2™ Micro Coax Cable Assembly

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