Zipline® Backplane Connectors

The ZipLine® connector system addresses customer demand for maximum signal density – a paramount requirement for future equipment platforms – at data rates up to 12.5 Gb/s.

The initial ZipLine® signal modules with 1.8mm column pitch support backplane and orthogonal midplane applications. A module with 72 differential pairs provides the maximum density available by delivering 84.6 differential pairs per inch of card edge. Allowing a minimum 1-inch card slot pitch, the compact module dimensions help system designers address mechanical and thermal concerns. ZipLine® connectors can also be configured on 1.5mm column pitch to provide more than 100 signal pairs per inch of card edge for even more backplane signal density.                    

  • Routers
  • Switches
  • Networking
  • Access
  • Transport
  • Servers
  • Storage Systems
  • Medical
  • Test & Measurement
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Features & Benefits


Modules with 6 differential pairs/column provide maximum linear signal density along card edge: 84.6 differential pairs per inch
An optional power wafer with up to 36A capacity can be integrated within a 6-pair module
Stainless steel organizer allows use of flat-rock tooling for connector installation
Halogen-free signal modules aid efforts to minimize the use of environmentally sensitive materials
Available power and guide modules complement signal connector offering

Types of Connectors


ZipLine® Backplane
ZipLine® Orthogonal
ZipLine® Coplanar
ZipLine® Accessories
For more information on the following technical documents, please send your request by submitting the Request Form:
Capability matrix
Electrical model
Qualification report
SI report
Test report