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PICMG Colibri Connectors for COM Express

High Speed SMT PCB Connector for 10 Gbps applications

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  • Number of contacts:
  • Pitch:
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  • Packaging:
  • Plug & Receptacle
  • 220, 440
  • 0.5 mm
  • 10 Gbit/s
  • Tape & Reel, Tray
Hardware developers have been telling us time and again that requirements on highspeed connectors have increased, calling for SMT connectors that can provide speeds of over 5 Gbps. My colleagues in the development department had a brilliant idea. Our Colibri SMT connectors for COM Express applications already had such an optimal contact design that they thought applications for highspeed connectors with speeds of 10 Gbps or above would be possible without further modification. Indeed, the signal integrity was excellent in the simulations – even with high data transfer rates. I have complete faith in the highspeed capabilities of our Colibri COM Express connectors. Take a look at the features yourself and feel free to order a sample! S-parameters are available on request from ept for use in simulating your proprietary designs.Wolfgang Schmid, Product Manager ept GmbH
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Product Overview

 Type   Number of Contacts  
Class    Mating Connector  
 Colibri
Plug
40, 80, 120, 160, 200, 220, 440COM Express®
carrier board
Colibri
Receptacle
 Colibri
Receptacle
40, 80, 120, 160, 200, 220, 440COM Express®
COM module
Colibri
Plug
High Speed Connector

Features of Colibri COM Express Connectors

Colibri® is a shielded, two-row SMT connector system with a 0.5-mm pitch.It meets all of the specifications for PICMG COM Express®, SFF-SIG CoreExpress®, and nano-ETXexpress. Colibri® products are compatible with all popular connector systems on the market and have been thoroughly tested.SMT connector system
Termination Technologies
PCB Connections
Applications
Features
  • meets PICMG COM Express® and SFF-SIG CoreExpress® requirements
  • for applications with 10+ Gbps
  • compatible with all popular connectors
  • robust connector design
  • integrated pick-and-place area
  • packed in tape and reel
Applications
  • COM Express®
  • CoreExpress®
  • Mezzanin board-to-board
  • VITA59

The COM Express Standard

The COM Express® standard was developed by PICMG for the computer-on-module (COM) form factor. The standard specifies, among other things, what size the module should be and where the mounting holes and pin connections for the carrier board should be positioned.
COM Express® modules integrate the core functionalities of a bootable PC, including CPU, a graphics professor, internal memory, and standard interfaces.
Connecting a COM module to a carrier board reduces development time and costs. In addition, it is possible not only to extend the cycle of a product, but also to upgrade it by attaching newer, higher performance COM Express® modules to the carrier board.
COM Express Standard

PICMG COM Express® Module Sizes

COM Express Boards

Typical areas of application for COM Express

  • Industrial automation
  • Kiosk and POS systems
  • Medical technology
  • Metrology
  • Consumer electronics and gaming
  • Transportation
  • Facilities engineering

Questions & Answers Regarding Colibri Highspeed Connectors

What data transfer rates are the Colibri SMT connectors suitable for?

Simulations with the Colibri® COM Express® connector system at 8 or 10 Gbps demonstrate first-rate signal integrity, making the COM Express connector system the top choice for your applications with high data transfer rates of up to 10 Gbps and higher.

Colibri Mask Output Eye

What highspeed applications are Colibri connectors used for?

Colibri highspeed connectors are ideally suited for high data transfer rates – that is, for all types of highspeed applications. These include COM Express and Mezzanine board-to-board systems with data transfer rates for 10 Gigabit Ethernet and PCI Express Gen3, for example.

Where are PICMG-compliant Colibri connectors already being successfully used?

Colibri COM Express connectors are already in use in the fields of industrial automation, kiosk and POS systems, medical technology, metrology, consumer electronics and gaming, the transportation industry, as well as facilities engineering.

How can Colibri SMT circuit board connectors be processed?

The Colibri connector system is processed using surface-mount technology (SMT) – in other words, it is soldered directly onto the circuit boards. The connectors are delivered in tape-and-reel packaging, allowing for fully automatic pick-and-place processing.

Is a placement aid necessary for processing Colibri highspeed connectors?

The Colibri receptacle is designed to have a big enough pick-and-place area for vacuum pipettes and therefore needs no additional placement aid.
The Colibri plug, too, can be assembled reliably without extra placement aids using a narrow vacuum pipette.

Are the PICMG Colibri connectors also delivered in tape-and-reel packaging?

Yes, Colibri SMT connectors are delivered in tape-and-reel packaging, allowing for fully automatic pick-and-place processing. Delivery in tray packaging is also possible on request.

Are Colibri COM Express connectors UL-recognized components?

Yes, Colibri connectors from ept are UL-recognized components in the U.S. and in Canada.

Are the ept circuit board connectors RoHS compliant?

RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) is a directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
We confirm that Colibri connectors from ept are RoHS certified and compliant with the RoHS directive (2011/65/EU). You can find more detailed information at RoHS & REACH.

Testimonials about the Colibri 10 Gbps highspeed circuit board connectors

Out of respect for our customers’ wish for discretion, we do not list the sources of the following quotes. However, we guarantee the full authenticity of these testimonials.

The fact that COM Express connectors from ept provide the best eye diagram values (jitter, eye height, and eye width) was the decisive factor for us.

Development engineer for embedded computing technology

We were able to extend the level of automation of our mounting machines thanks to the tape-and-reel packaging for Colibri connectors, allowing us to save production costs.

Production planner for COM Express baseboard production

We have exclusively approved the Colibri connectors for our 10 Gbps application.

Development engineer for COM Express module development

We have had no problems whatsoever with the wetting step during reflow soldering ever since we started using Colibri highspeed connectors.

Production manager for COM Express baseboard production

Our manufacturing productivity has increased enormously thanks to the tape-and-reel packaging of Colibri SMT circuit board connectors.

Production manager for COM Express module production

We received phenomenal support from ept when we were introducing Colibri connectors to our production environment. We felt that we were in excellent hands.

Quality assurance manager for embedded computing

ept guarantees the availability of Colibri connectors. This was extremely important for us.

Production planner for COM Express module production

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+ 49 (0) 8861 / 5507
Bergwerkstr. 50
86971 Peiting, GERMANY

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