FCI, a leading developer of connectors and interconnect systems, has developed module connectors and module kit components to support module manufacturers' implementation of ExpressCard™ technology. The Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) has developed the ExpressCard™ Standard as replacement for the PC Card Standard, which defines the popular CardBus and PC Card add-in cards. The new standard will carry forward the benefits of removable communication, storage, I/O, multimedia, security and adapter cards to new generations of mobile and desktop personal computers.
The ExpressCard™ standard supports both USB 2.0 and PCI Express™ high-speed serial interfaces. "Connector electrical performance has been validated at the initial PCI Express™ data rate of 2.5 Gb/s and the anticipated second-generation speed of 5.0 Gb/s," said David Sideck, FCI regional market manager. "The connector meets the insertion loss, return loss and crosstalk requirements of the ExpressCard™ Standard Release 1.0." FCI module connector 10030570 has passed the mechanical and performance requirements of the ExpressCard™ Compliance Program run by PCMCIA. This program is designed to assure the interoperability and intermateability of ExpressCard™ connectors used in host systems and module products.
The ExpressCard™ Compliance ID for this connector is EC100028. The connector system utilizes a simple beam-on-blade contact interface that is rated for up to 10,000 durability cycles. Longer power and ground contacts in the 26-position module connector provide first-mate and last-disconnect in relation to the signal contacts. The RoHS-compliant connector also features a single-row, in-line configuration for surface-mount soldertails to facilitate easy soldering and inspection. Module components are provided for both the ExpressCard™/34 and ExpressCard™/54 module form factors. ExpressCard™ modules are smaller than today's CardBus form factor. The more compact ExpressCard™/34 module is a mere 55% of the size of a CardBus module. FCI's snap-together module designs enable card assembly without requiring the use of adhesives or ultrasonic equipment. The assembled modules provide EMI/ESD contact areas, notches for optional security lock support, and a finger grip ridge for manual module removal.