Stacking connector contacts can suit different tasks

Paul Boughton
Tyco Electronics is launching the Strada Mesa mezzanine connector for use where there is limited space available for stacking board-to-board connections. The Strada Mesa product offers a stacking connector that delivers a high-speed performance of 15Gbps. In addition, the design provides three pin and socket signal contact arrangement options to suit various application requirements: high-speed differential, high-density single-ended and RF/coaxial.
John Larkin, the product manager for Strada Mesa products at Tyco Electronics, comments: "The Strada Mesa mezzanine connector is a fantastic product line that was created to more closely align with our customers' customisable and spatial system needs. We are extremely pleased with the release of this practical, high-speed product."
Stack height options start at 8mm and grow to 42mm in 1mm increments, making the connector suitable for high-speed differential architectures utilising PCBs arranged in mezzanine applications. The product solves power issues associated with board-to-board stacking through integrated power contacts that are each capable of carrying 14A.
Strada Mesa connectors are available in eight pairs per column and in sizes one, two and three, which, when fully loaded with differential pairs, will yield 40, 80 and 120 pairs, respectively. The product design incorporates a pin and socket separable interface and a press-fit PCB attachment, creating the conditions required for mating multiple connectors simultaneously. Additional features include optional open space for airflow and optional guide systems to accommodate blind mating. Product samples are available upon request.
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