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Cable assemblies feature active latching

Posted: 22 Aug 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:USB+Power  Latch-N-Lok  cable assemblies  interconnect standards 

cable assemblies

FCI has expanded its offering of cable assembly devices with the introduction of the USB+Power and Latch-N-Lok cable assemblies. USB+Power and Latch-N-Lok have been used in the point-of-sale device market for several years and their popularity is growing in the sales of control systems, medical instrumentation, test and measurement, and inventory equipment.

FCI says that combining these two interconnect standards into one cable eliminates the need for a separate power source and their associated AC outlets. Adapting USB+Power and Latch-N-Lok cable assemblies is easy and cost-effective. With fewer cables being used, the assemblies lower installation costs, reduce footprint and eliminate risk of failure.

Active latching on the cable plugs of Latch-N-Lok and USB+Power cable assemblies provides positive retention ensuring a secure connection, while keying and colour options prevent the mating of incorrect cables.

Designed to address requirements for higher power in devices using USB signalling,

USB+Power adds four power contacts to the interface and provides a total of 5A of additional current-carrying capability. Standard USB devices only carry 1A. FCI says that USB+Power is fully compliant with USB standard 2.0 and offers capabilities that exceed those standards.

Latch-N-Lok is a rugged cable-to-equipment connector interface to connect signals or power, and is designed for user convenience as well as durability. This versatile connector system provides optional integral shielding and grounding for controlling EMI/ESD.

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