Recently we spoke to Julian Ferry, high-speed R&D manager at Samtec, to learn more about the latest developments in high-speed interconnects, which applications are driving them, and how Samtec is meeting the challenges. Read on for more from Samtec on signal integrity.
CS: What are the primary applications in which system designers would look to high-speed interconnects?
JF: “High speed” is a fuzzy term, and its definition can change over time. A decade ago, applications were mostly concentrated in areas such as high-end computers, telecom and datacom, some military applications. But with continued increase in processing and networking speeds, they are now used practically anywhere a microprocessor can be found.
CS: Are there any applications where high-speed connectors would be a smart solution but in which they haven’t been used traditionally?
JF: It’s fairly well known that signal integrity (SI) problems increase as data rates go higher. But SI issues also increase as signal densities get tighter. So high-speed connectors can make a lot of sense in applications which r