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Mouser, Fairchild, Littelfuse and Amphenol team up for USB Type-C

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Mouser, Fairchild, Littelfuse, and Amphenol are co-operating to deliver the building blocks of  USB Type-C products. With suggested data rates up to 10Gbps and up to 100W of power and a reversible interface for mating, USB Type-C technology delivers a multifunctional, single cable for audio/video, data, and power. Fairchild’s USB Type-C portfolio includes discretes ranging from controllers to power switches and USB 3.1 SuperSpeed switches. As ...

Predictions 2016: contact technology will change connectors

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Electroforming contacts is better than stamping and pressing when manufacturing miniature connectors, writes Hafeez Najumudeen Whilst semiconductor manufacturers have been halving the size of transistors roughly every two years, connector manufacturers have been a long way from keeping pace. One of the reasons is there has been no fundamental change in contact manufacturing techniques. Electroforming is a new technique which ...

Analogix enables streaming mobile video

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In Q2, Analogix Semiconductor will ship its SlimPort NANO∙CONSOLE USB-C, a mobile-enabled dock with remote for both Android and Windows-powered mobile devices supporting DisplayPort over USB-C. A simple, plug-and-play solution for streaming digital media, performing home office computing tasks, and playing mobile games, all from a smartphone or tablet, the SlimPort NANO∙CONSOLE allows users to: Connect their mobile devices with ...

FTDI Chip launches evaluation modules for next-gen USB technology

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To encourage the widespread use of its next generation USB interfacing technology, FTDI Chip has unveiled a new family of evaluation/development modules. The company’s FT600/1Q USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ICs, which are already in full volume production, are forthwith backed up by the UMFT60XX offering. This module family is made of 4 models, which provide different FIFO bus interfaces and data ...

UK manufacturer says semi-flexible RF cables can deliver

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UK-based RF connector manufacturer Intelliconnect has decided to supply its own brand of semi-flexible RF cables as alternatives to Multiflex, T-Flex and Flexiform cables used in defence, security and test system applications. According to the supplier, any small reductions in performance of semi-flexible cables compared with semi-rigid cables “are more than compensated for by competitive pricing and compatibility with standard semi-rigid ...

ERNI to launch 100G ATCA connectors

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ERNI Electronics is to launch its ERmet ZDpro connector family for 100G ATCA systems next month. This high-speed differential hard metric connector system enables data rates of >25 Gbit/s and claims to be the first connector system that meets the requirements for 100G ATCA technology. The data rates and the improved transmission behaviour are mainly based on the reduced size ...

USB will carry 4K video with new connector design

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Could a USB connector support 4K high definition video? This is what the industry intends and a new look USB connector is likely to start appearing in PCs, TVs and mobiles over the next year. The Type-C connector, as it is called, is expected to take over from the micro USB as the standard connector for multi-gigabit USB 3.1 interfaces. What ...

EDAC integrated connector helps with gigabit Ethernet

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Connector firm EDAC is offering a range of magnetic jack connectors that integrate up to ten of the most sensitive discrete components inside a shielded RJ45 housing. Mainly targeting 10/100 Base T and 1000 Base T gigabit Ethernet applications the three device families in the edacJAX range offer single and stacked multi-port options and LED indicators that provide visual indication of port status ...

High speed D-Sub connector cuts RF noise

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Smiths Connectors has introduced a rugged high speed D-Sub series connector with 150Ω Quadrax contacts. It has been designed to ground the outer shield Quadrax directly to the shell of the connector, providing minimal RF noise. The connector is specified up to 1,000 mating cycles. To ensure that the correct high-speed connectors are mated to address specific wiring requirements and ...

Hybrid connectors address challenges of PoE

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Hybrid interfaces have been used in IT for a long time. Everyone is familiar with the USB and power over Ethernet (PoE) interface standards, through which end devices are supplied with both data and energy. These developments are also in demand in the more general industrial environment. Data transmission rates are increasing and industry standard interfaces such as RJ45 and ...