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Molex launches pluggable module solution for CPO

Molex has launched a pluggable module solution for co-packaged optics (CPO). Its new External Laser Source Interconnect System (ELSIS) is a complete system of cage, optical and electrical connectors with a pluggable module that uses proven technology to speed the development of hyperscale data centres.

The company is currently sampling the ELSIS hybrid optical electrical connector and cage system, giving engineers a head start on development and testing before the Q3 2023 target for release of the fully integrated solution. 

As a blind-mating solution, ELSIS eliminates user access to optical fibre ports and cables, providing a complete external laser source system for safe, easy implementation and maintenance. The design also eliminates high-speed electrical I/O drivers on the IC and in pluggable modules, further reducing thermal loads and power consumption within the equipment. 

It also offers advantages as a comprehensive, all-in-one solution. External laser source systems comprise a complex mix of optical and electrical connectors, pluggable modules, internal host system fibre optic cabling and cages. By designing all these elements in-house, Molex created a complete, fully engineered system that obviates the lengthy design cycles needed to integrate these components. The result is a highly interoperable, high-performance system that gives designers and end-users a plug-and-play experience. Visit Molex on booth #127 at ECOC to see the new blind-mating, hybrid optical electrical connector.


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