LISLE, Ill. — February 7, 2007 — A new series of microSD memory card connectors from Molex (NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA) offer ultra-compact space savings and a brake feature for smooth card extraction. These new microSD memory card connectors are designed for cell phones and other mobile devices that use removable flash memory to store data, such as text, photos, games, video, and audio.
“Having a connector that will secure these miniature memory card connectors while still providing smooth card extraction is a key benefit for mobile device makers,” said Bill Kysiak, product manager for Molex. “The new microSD memory card connectors address these concerns and offer additional space savings to allow for thinner and smaller designs.”
Normal and reverse-mount connectors are available in a push-push design, enabling easy external card extraction from the side of a mobile device. These styles both have brake tabs to help slow the speed of the card during ejection. Additional features include a detect switch to identify card insertion and inner or outer solder tabs. The smallest connector is 1.80 mm (.071 in.) high and 15.50 mm (.610 in.) deep. The push-push versions also include four PCB ground tabs for secure board retention and polarization features to ensure correct card insertion.
The connector also comes in a hinge-type version for cards mounted inside the unit. This way, it can be inserted from the top angle. The card is held in the metal lid and includes a spring function to ensure easy card extraction. The lid has an audible click and positive lock to ensure solid electrical contact. The shell also includes probe holes for electrical testing.
The full range of card connectors is rated at 0.5 A and includes metal shielding for ESD protection. The eight circuit connectors have gold-plated terminals and high-temperature housings and come in embossed tape packaging for robotic pick-and-place. When used with adapters, they are compatible with systems that support SD and miniSD.
Molex is a 68-year-old global manufacturer of electronic, electrical and, fiber optic interconnection systems. Based in Lisle, Illinois, USA, the company operates 58 manufacturing facilities in 19 countries.
For more information on the Molex microSD Card Connectors, please visit: www.molex.com/product/memory/microsd.html.
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