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Versatile Connector Paves Way From PCIe Mini Card To M.2

Versatile Connector Paves Way From PCIe Mini Card To M.2

Keeping in step with the oncoming transition from PCI Express Mini Cards to slim M.2 solutions, TE Connectivity developed a series of next-generation form-factor (NGFF) connectors that meet the new interface standard’s size and volume requirements. The devices come with either a standard top printed-circuit-board (PCB) mount or a midplane (offset) PCB mount. Their dense form factor has a 0.5-mm pitch, and maintains 67 positions. They support PCI Express 3.0, SATA 3.0, and USB 3.0. Compared to the PCIe Mini Card, connector height is reduced by 15%. The connectors also save more than 20% of PCB space. Both single- and double-sided modules are supported. Applications include solid-state drives and wireless cards for notebooks, ultraportable devices, tablets, desktops, and servers.


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