Molex microSD connectors offer space savings and card extraction protection

LISLE, Ill., 26 March 2007. Molex Inc. in Lisle, Ill., is offering a series of microSD memory card connectors that offer ultra compact space savings and a brake feature for smooth card extraction.

LISLE, Ill., 26 March 2007. Molex Inc. in Lisle, Ill., is offering a series of microSD memory card connectors that offer ultra compact space savings and a brake feature for smooth card extraction.

These microSD memory card connectors are for mobile phones and other mobile devices that use removable flash memory to store data such as text, photos, games, video and audio. The microSD format offers about a 70 percent space saving compared to the miniSD.

Molex offers normal and reverse-mount style microSD connectors in a push-push design that enables easy external card extraction from the side of a mobile device. These styles include 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 to suit various design needs.

The smallest of these versions offers a height of 1.80 millimeters and a depth of 15.50 millimeters. These push-push versions include four PCB ground tabs for secure board retention and polarization features to ensure correct card insertion.

A hinge-type version is also offered for cards mounted inside the unit, enabling the card to be inserted from the top angle. Molex's unique hinge design holds the card in the metal lid and includes a spring function to enable easy card extraction.

The durable metal lid stays securely fastened to the connector even after multiple cycles, and provides an audible click and positive lock to ensure good electrical contact. The shell has no sharp edges or corners to ensure safe usage and includes probe holes for electrical testing.

Molex's microSD card connectors are rated at 0.5 amps and include metal shielding for ESD protection. These eight-circuit connectors include 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.

For more information contact Molex online at www.molex.com

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