The XCede IO interconnect system is comprised of a 32 position, variable pitch connector built for use in high speed serial applications. Each port offers 4 channels to increase port density which contributes to more board real estate and immense cost savings. The XCede IO connector supports next generation 100 G+ applications and transmits up to 28 Gbps per-serial-lane. It features a stamped and formed contact design providing improved mechanical durability and resonance dampening features for superior performance. The design minimizes cross talk and transmission line impedance discontinuity across the connector interface at speeds up to 28 Gbps.