ITT Interconnect Solutions is launching a 24-pin surface-mount CFast host connector that meets Compact Flash standards introduced by the Compact Flash Association (CFA). A founding member of the CFA since 1995, ITT ICS helped develop the CF standards, which required designers to integrate both parallel and serial interfaces into a single connector and cover set package. The new CFast specifications are based on the SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) standard and require connectors that combine Compact Flash (CF) and ATA Serial Transport (AST) to provide flexibility and speed in a wide variety of applications, from enterprise storage systems to handheld portable devices.
The new ITT CFast 24-pin surface-mount host connector was developed to meet the demand for faster storage speeds needed by devices such as high-end video and digital cameras, personal computers and security and medical equipment. It mounts to the PCB for reflow, hot bar or hand soldering and is robust enough to withstand 10,000 mating cycles. Customised ejector mechanisms are supported, giving OEMs greater flexibility in end product design. The new CFast host connector meets all current CFA standard requirements and is also RoHS-compliant.
In 2009, ITT ICS was one of the first companies to introduce a two-piece CF ultrasonic weld frame kit and is now claimed to be a leading supplier of this technology worldwide.
More details about the 24-pin surface-mount CFast host connector are available in an Application Note freely downloadable from: www.ittcannon.com