Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced it is now stocking 3M connectors and ejectors for CFast cards. These products have been tested to comply with the CFast specification and provide 10,000 mating cycles to deliver high durability and long product life.
These products are now available for purchase on Digi-Key’s global websites and will be featured in future print and online catalogs.
The latest generation flash device architecture developed by the CompactFlash Association (CFA), the CFast card is a small cartridge that contains flash memory chips and incorporates SATA serial storage architecture and performance into a package similar in size to existing CF cards. This allows for faster throughput, lower consumption of power, and hot-swap functionality.
The new N7G24 series board mount header for CFast cards from 3M is available in a low profile configuration or with optional 2mm standoffs that allow the designer to populate the board underneath an inserted card. Integral grounding clips discharge electrostatic charge before the card mates with the connector, thereby protecting its sensitive electronic circuits. Extended guide rails reduce the possibility of misalignment during card installation and prevent the card from “flying” out during ejection. Single-row surface mount co-planar tails allow for higher yields and simplified inspection.
Optional left or right button dual-push ejectors provide a balanced force against the card for smooth and even card removal. A retainer clip is available that clips onto the header to provide a wire latch for robust retention, which is ideal for applications subject to shock and vibration.
CFast is geared toward markets where performance and system downtime are major considerations. Such markets include the embedded computer, industrial, and network communications markets.