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Microsemi unveils rugged SATA connector design

Microsemi unveils rugged SATA connector design

Microsemi's SATA connector design provides protection against vibration and shock, but if you have to ask how much it costs you likely can't afford it.

Microsemi has announced the launch of a solid-state drive featuring a redesigned and more rugged SATA connector which it claims solves the issue of disconnections due to shock or vibration.

Designed primarily for industrial or military use, the TRRUST-Stor drive is the first SSD to feature the company's redesigned SATA connectors, which boast 50 per cent lower contact resistance and a guaranteed minimum 100,000 insertions with no degradation of performance.

The key feature of the new connectors, which were designed in partnership with Hypertronics, is their latching mechanism: when a cable mount connector is used, the cable is latched into place with a quarter turn. As a result, the cable is going nowhere - regardless of the abuse to which its mounting system is subjected.

'The weakest link in many embedded applications is the connector, which can sabotage the operation of critical hardware,' claimed Microsemi's BJ Heggli at the launch. 'Our new connector family protects against the effects of severe shock and vibration, which safeguards the flow of data. As a result, we can now offer customers what is perhaps the most secure and rugged SSD available on the market.'

While Microsemi is concentrating its efforts on the rugged nature of its design, there's also no loss in performance: the company claims the design is fully compatible with SATA 6Gb/s controllers for full-speed performance from connected devices.

Microsemi's design isn't the first attempt to address the issue of loose SATA connectors: cables featuring a small metal latch, which provides resistance against accidental disconnections, have been in common use since 2005. These cables, while suitable for consumer use, don't quite go as far as Microsemi's design - and with the military willing to pay top dollar for the guarantee that field equipment won't suddenly stop working because of something as minor as a near-miss from an artillery strike, it's a design that could give the company a serious step up over its competitors.

Microsemi has yet to confirm if there are plans afoot to license the connector design for use in commercial products. Pricing, naturally, is only available upon application to the comapany.

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wuyanxu 11th April 2012, 12:05 Quote
LOL:
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something as minor as a near-miss from an artillery strike


military applications always shows over-engineering at its best.
B1GBUD 11th April 2012, 12:42 Quote
Microsemi: was I the only person to giggle at the name?
[USRF]Obiwan 11th April 2012, 12:49 Quote
The idiot who invented the SATA connectors should be fired anyway. It's to most flimsy connector in the history of flimsy connectors.
Jampotp 11th April 2012, 12:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF
Obiwan]The idiot who invented the SATA connectors should be fired anyway. It's to most flimsy connector in the history of flimsy connectors.

Along with the inventor of Molex connectors... I once spent at least 10 minutes fiddling with a pair, trying to align the pins
B1GBUD 11th April 2012, 12:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF
Obiwan]The idiot who invented the SATA connectors should be fired anyway. It's to most flimsy connector in the history of flimsy connectors.

I actually find that the SATA Power connectors are the 1st to break!
steveo_mcg 11th April 2012, 12:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
The committee who invented the SATA connectors should be fired anyway. It's to most flimsy connector in the history of flimsy connectors.

ftfy

The level of stupidity displayed in the SATA connector could only have been brought by a committee of morons, no one person could possibly perform this badly and still feed them self without tubes.
west 11th April 2012, 13:57 Quote
Always thought SATA was flimsy but I've never had problems with disconnects (of course I don't have to deal with minor things like a near-miss from an artillery strike).
IvanIvanovich 11th April 2012, 14:31 Quote
What is the point of this when msata exists? Surely a card that slots into the motherboard and gets bolted down is even more secure, and its already an established standard consumer part.
azrael- 11th April 2012, 14:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
The idiot who invented the SATA connectors should be fired anyway. It's to most flimsy connector in the history of flimsy connectors.
You forget the HDMI connector. :)
thEcat 11th April 2012, 17:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
Quote:
Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
The committee who invented the SATA connectors should be fired anyway. It's to most flimsy connector in the history of flimsy connectors.

ftfy

The level of stupidity displayed in the SATA connector could only have been brought by a committee of morons, no one person could possibly perform this badly and still feed them self without tubes.

It's a well known fact that the collective common sense of a committee can be approximated by two simple equations:

Sum of the individual IQs divided buy the square of the number of individuals
and
Sum of the individual IQs divided buy the product of their current salaries and their potential financial gains
r3loaded 11th April 2012, 17:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
Microsemi: was I the only person to giggle at the name?
I think it's one of those things where you only get the joke if you've had personal experience of it. For that reason, I don't get it. :)
SimonStern 11th April 2012, 19:45 Quote
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Microsemi: was I the only person to giggle at the name?

No, no you weren't :)
enciem 11th April 2012, 23:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by SimonStern
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Microsemi: was I the only person to giggle at the name?

No, no you weren't :)

here here, a term for when you meet your girlfriends mum. Anything more would be inappropriate
PingCrosby 13th April 2012, 10:18 Quote
Microsemi? isn't that somewhere where dwarves live?
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