Along with the digital revolution, the ability to create, store and distribute vast amounts of music data and games is continually driving demand for higher speed, higher capacity storage drives with increasingly smaller form factors. This has opened up new storage applications for Serial ATA as hard disk drives are increasingly being designed into a growing number of HDD-DVD recorders, home servers, multimedia hubs, LCD TVs, digital jukeboxes, HDD-enabled game consoles, audio players and automobile audio visual products.
Molex is positioned to help storage makers take an early shot at this fast popularizing technology market. With the broadest line of Serial ATA Board-to-Board and Cable-to-Board interconnects that support storage applications for desktop, mobile and enterprise computing, and consumer electronics, Molex is helping the world's leading storage makers and their users get their products to the market sooner, with greater reliability and lower cost.
Locking latches for signal cables have recently been approved by the Serial ATA Working Group. Positive locking latches ensure cables will stay connected. Molex offers latchingcable receptacles in both straight and right angle versions. This ensures an easy transition when converting existing designs from Parallel ATA to Serial ATA.
Locking PCB signal plugs are also available in both vertical and right angle versions and are backwards compatible. The extra plastic shroud used by the cable locking mechanism ensures the signal plugs are more robust than the original SATA design. The vertical plug will be available in both SMT and through-hole versions.