b2ap3_thumbnail_Blogpost-Image-4.jpgEver sit at a large table, try to have a conversation with someone across the table, only to be blasted by the chatter of many different conversations all around you?

 Welcome to an open format connector trying to conduct many parallel streams of data.  Think of the adjacent table conversations as electrical crosstalk, electromagnetic noise that is spewed out like sound waves, interfering with the electromagnetic energy that was meant to interface with a single recipient.

In an open format, it does not take much to have enough crosstalk such that the intended data gets lost in the noise.  The faster the data flow, the harder it is to separate the desired data from the noise generated by crosstalk.

Amphenol has numerous examples of open format connectors, which are great for transmitting lots of low speed signals and power in their standard state.