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  • DesignCon 2018 in Review

    The industry continues to take impressive steps forward, as evidenced by new products in the connector and cable world. DesignCon 2018 opened under sunny Bay Area skies, which seemed a perfect match for the mood among attendees. This conference featured over 100 technical sessions organized in 14 conference tracks, along with a two-day exhibition with Read More >>

  • As TTI’s New COO, Mike Morton Emphasizes Specialization

    We talked to Morton about his experience with TTI, which encompasses the most exciting years for the company and the electronics industry. When Mike Morton joined TTI in 1978, the electronics industry was just beginning its meteoric rise. Known as Tex-Tronics when it was founded in 1971, the Texas-based distributor of interconnect, passive, and electromechanical Read More >>

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The Increasing Importance of Rugged Automotive Interconnects

Rugged automotive interconnects are essential for the reliable operation of automotive battery management and power delivery systems Kevin Oursler, US – Director Marketing and Business Development at ERNI Electronics, Inc. Automotive battery management systems (BMSs) continue to progress in complexity and storage capacity, challenged by architecture and interconnectivity solutions that require ruggedization and reliability criteria Read More >>

Customization is Coming to Vehicle Interiors

Buyers can choose displays, lights, and infotainment elements, and use connectors to position them in the vehicles of the future. As consumers increasingly view cars as an extension of their home and workspaces, features that increase infotainment and productivity are becoming more important requirements. As a result, vehicle interiors are going to change a lot Read More >>

Cantilever Beam Compression Contacts for Pluggable Medical Modules

Cantilever beam compression contacts for pluggable medical modules employ advanced contact materials, geometries, and designs to deliver high-reliability performance in harsh environments.  Tom Anderson, Connector Product Manager, AVX Interconnect To achieve high-reliability connectors for pluggable or disposable medical modules, design engineers must perfectly match the critical contact base material and form geometry to the intended product Read More >>

Smart-Home Technology for the Disability Community

A new wave of connector-rich technologies are giving greater independence to people with disabilities By Adam Wahlberg When Mark Siegel wants to play music in his Minneapolis condo, he twitches his left ear. This is how he controls his iPad, which is how he manages his home environment. To him it’s all quite remarkable. “I Read More >>

Five Medical Systems That Stand to Benefit from Proper Cable Protection

Specialized conduit systems provide high-reliability cable protection in a variety of medical applications. See how designs for five top devices can be improved. By George Sims, Vice President, AerosUSA The demand for variety in medical cable protection products is increasing as medical devices continue to evolve with technological advances. These specialized products are designed to Read More >>

Choosing the Right Interconnect Systems for Medical Device Designs

Guidelines for the effective selection of medical connectors By Tom Kannally, product specialist/applications engineer, Contact Technologies, Smiths Interconnect Choosing the Right Interconnect Systems for Medical Device Designs Medical devices, such as patient monitors, imaging systems, electrophysiology catheters, and other diagnostic and therapeutic systems, require dependable connectivity and accurate signal transmission. Equipment for the medical market Read More >>

ITT Cannon’s QLC Solderless plug

Medical Connector and Cable Product Roundup

This week’s product roundup highlights some of the highest-performance medical connectors and cable assemblies currently available on the market. Medical Connector and Cable Products ITT Cannon’s QLC Solderless plug is a groundbreaking, 260-pin zero-insertion-force (ZIF) connector with a two-card edge and slider design that eliminates the need for hand soldering fine-pitch contacts onto PCBs, enables Read More >>

High-Speed Connector Designs Morph to Meet Challenging Data Demands

Traditional connector challenges are magnified as speeds increase, but new design tools, mezzanine approaches, and thermal management strategies help high-speed connector designs morph to meet challenging data demands. Jairo Guerrero, Director of Marketing, Enterprise Business Unit, Molex, LLC The continuous proliferation of IP services and access speeds has led to exponential growth in bandwidth and Read More >>

RCx MSA Offers New Alternative for Data Centers to Connect Servers

The cabling system promises to streamline rack interconnect systems. Companies that design components for Ethernet systems will want to take a look at the RCx Multi-Source Agreement (MSA), a new intra-rack connection technology aimed at Ethernet applications. RCx MSA, an industry working group with members from Amphenol, Broadcom, Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and JAE Electronics, Read More >>

High-Speed Connector & Cable Product Roundup

This week’s product roundup features high-performance, high-speed solutions from leading connector and cable assembly suppliers. High-Speed Connector & Cable Products Samtec’s SEARAY™ high-speed, high-density, open-pin-field arrays offer enhanced design flexibility with stack heights spanning 7–18.5mm and compatibility with a variety of high-speed protocols and standards. Rated for speeds up to 56Gb/s PAM4 and 28Gb/s NRZ, Read More >>

Connectivity Requirements for High-Vibration Medical Equipment

High-reliability, robust designs, peak performance, and simple assembly are some of the most critical connectivity requirements for high-vibration medical equipment. Alfred Lee, Business Development Manager at Hirose Electric Engineers must take many factors into consideration when designing connectors for medical equipment in high-vibration environments. From stationary high-vibration equipment, like computed tomography (CT) scanners, to portable Read More >>

Virtual Reality Isn’t Better than the Real Thing — Yet

Companies are working on new cable designs that will help move this promising technology beyond gaming and into the real world. Virtual reality (VR) is one of the fastest-growing segments of the electronics arena, with implications for the industrial, medical, consumer, automotive, and other markets. This is a young and quickly evolving segment, with potential Read More >>