MD&M West — Medical Design and Manufacturing — is next week in Anaheim, California. Samtec will once again present our line of connector systems designed for use in the medical industry.
These are rugged, high-performance, high-bandwidth connector systems that meet the stringent quality, production, and compliance requirements of the medical industry. They also address the design challenges of signal integrity, power consumption, system optimization, and cost. Samtec connectors are used in imaging, medical equipment, surgical, point of care and monitoring, and therapeutics applications, among others.
If you can’t make it to MD&M (BTW, we’re in booth #4332), here’s a quick (and I mean quick) overview of Samtec connector product families that are well-suited for the medical industry:
Micro Rugged Connector Systems
Designers don’t usually think of micro pitch connectors as being rugged, as being able to handle high mating cycles, or as having robust mechanical strength on the PCB, or with strong retention of mated connector sets. Samtec has a complete line of micro rugged products that can do all of the above. Our micro rugged products are just that — micro, and rugged. Here’s a quick overview of two of our leading micro rugged product lines:
The Tiger Eye™ system is designed for high-reliability, high-cycle applications. Tiger Eye is available in board-to-board, discrete wire, and IDC cable systems, and in a variety of centerlines. Tiger Eye contacts are multi-finger, heat-treated, Beryllium Copper (BeCu) contacts designed for rugged environments. The superior spring properties of Beryllium Copper make it ideal for high mating cycle applications.
Samtec Edge Rate® interconnect systems are optimized for signal integrity performance (some are rated at 56 Gbps PAM4), feature increased contact wipe for reliability and durability, and are designed for higher cycle applications.
Edge Rate connectors are available in vertical, right angle, and edge mount terminations. They are available with all kinds of design options, like full 360 degree shielding, latching systems, guide posts, and differential pair configurations, to name a few.
High-Speed Cable Assemblies
High-speed cable assemblies are most frequently used for medical imaging (MRIs, CT/CAT Scans, PET Scans, and Ultrasound) and rapid diagnostics. High-speed cable assemblies are available with micro coax and twinax cable for both single-ended and differential applications. Most designers incorporate a Samtec Flyover® cable system; this extends signal reach and density to achieve next generation speeds by routing signals through ultra-low skew cable instead of through a lossy PCB.
As bandwidth requirements increase, effectively managing heat and routing signals through lossy PCBs, vias and other components have become complex challenges. Samtec Flyover cable systems break the constraints of traditional signaling substrate and hardware offerings, resulting in a cost-effective, high-performance and heat efficient answer to the challenges of 112 Gbps bandwidths and beyond.
Optical cable assemblies were originally of interest to medical designers because they are non-magnetic. But they have become popular because of the data rates (obviously) and the connector’s miniature footprint. The FireFly™ optical cable system allows for greater density and closer proximity to the IC, enabling chip-to-chip, board-to-board, on-board, and system-to-system connectivity. The data rates achieved with optics allow designers to incorporate future functionality upgrades without having to redesign their boards.
Learn More About Samtec Medical Connector Systems
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