Bigger is not Better – Molex Microminiature Connectors are the Holy Grail for consumer electronics design community

Think about it, the trends today in consumer electronics is not “bigger is better.” Yes, Americans have gone to great lengths to buy bigger houses, bigger cars, bigger dogs, and if you’re a passionate golfer like myself – a bigger driver. However, when it comes to consumer gaming systems, computers, tablets, notebook PCs, DVRs, smartphones, digital music players, electronics readers or digital cameras; we want them to be smaller, thinner, lighter, more portable, consume less power and last for weeks without a charge. We hate replacing batteries or picking up our favorite device to find that is dead. Gadget makers are having to pack more features in a smaller or similar footprint with stronger batteries. We want to take our consumer gadgets with us everywhere and anywhere. Kids today are filling backpacks when they go on vacation not with books, but with all the consumer devices that they must have with them on a 3-hour flight. Thank goodness for Molex Evaldi™ (503700 series) audio earbud headsets (shown below), so parents don’t have to hear these video soundbites 24/7.

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Smooth Operation for microSD Connectors

MicroSD cards are the smallest memory cards commercially available and are used in a host of devices such as mobile phones, tablet PCs, digital audio players, digital cameras and other electronic devices. At 15mm x 11mm x 1mm, these tiny cards are holding ever-increasing amounts of data at ever-decreasing cost to the consumer.

A range of card connectors are available in formats that best suit the application. Push-pull, push-push and hinged sockets all require a different mode of operation and a user’s experience with these connectors can be a significant contribution to the overall experience of the complete device. That’s why connector makers have to get it right when it comes to smooth operation of microSD connectors!

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