October was a big month for Samtec.com. We released the first phase of a long project to translate Samtec.com into four additional languages, a new section in the main navigation, improved our mobile experience for our growing mobile user base, and added several new Standards pages.
Read more below on these and the rest of the major updates to Samtec.com for October 2018.
Translation of Samtec.com into Four Additional Languages
The majority of Samtec.com has been translated into four additional languages, German, Hindi, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese. Users can access the translated pages by navigating to Samtec.com and clicking on the “Languages” tool at the top-right of the website. This setting will be stored for the future.
This update will also auto-detect the user’s browser settings and direct them to the correct language.
Phase 1 of this update is completed and covers about 75% of Samtec.com throughout each language. The next steps will work in some of our deeper down pages, and some of the checkout portions of the website.
We’ll write a more detailed blog post in the coming weeks regarding this update. Try it out by navigating to https://www.samtec.com and clicking the Language tool.
New Standards Pages
We rolled out a few new updates to our Standards section this month as well, for the Altera, Nexus 5001, and Power.org standards.
Altera® HSMC defines electrical and mechanical properties of a high speed mezzanine card interface. This specification standardizes the way in which mezzanine cards communicate and connect to host boards. By taking advantage of the high-performance I/O features found in today’s FPGA devices, manufacturers can build a single mezzanine card that will then interface to multiple host boards. Similarly, they can build a host board that can leverage many different, pre-built, mezzanine cards.
Check out the new page here: https://www.samtec.com/standards/hsmc
The Nexus 5001™ Forum, formerly known as the Global Embedded Processor Debug Interface Standard Consortium, was formed in April 1998 to define and develop a much-needed embedded processor debug interface standard for embedded control applications. IEEE-ISTO 5001™-1999, The Nexus 5001™ Forum Standard for a Global Embedded Processor Debug Interface, is an open industry standard that provides a general-purpose interface for the software development and debug of embedded processors.
Check out the new page here: https://www.samtec.com/standards/nexus
The Power Architecture was originally developed by IBM in the early 1980s. Power Architecture technology is used in many applications from consumer electronics to supercomputers. Facilitated by POWER.org, recent adoption of the high speed signal protocol required a new search for effective trace and debug connectors, new cables, and overall cost effective solutions that resolved a number of existing issues.
Check out the new page here: https://www.samtec.com/standards/power-org
Several New Development Kits on SI Evaluation Page
Our Signal Integrity team has been working hard on creating and supporting several new SI Evaluation Development Kits. We have added several new kits to our landing page.
You can check out the new kits here: https://www.samtec.com/standards/kits
Improved Mobile Experience
As corporations worldwide become more mobile-friendly to their workforce, the Internet needs to evolve to match. This has been a huge trend in the B2C space for the last decade, and is now quickly catching up to the B2B space.
We’ve seen our mobile user base grow rapidly in the past 12 months, and we expect this trend to continue.
This month we rolled out several optimizations to mobile Samtec.com, and will continue to do so next month as well.
This month’s mobile updates include:
- Updates to our mobile navigation
- Easier use of Solutionator
- Adding a mobile language switcher
- Adding a full / mobile toggle
- Updating the styling on our major pages to be more mobile friendly
Next month we’ll roll out a few more tooling updates to make the major features of Samtec.com easier to use.
Resources Section in Main Navigation
One of the things we’re most proud of about Samtec.com is the wide array of technical documentation and resources that are available to all users, without even logging in. While this is a huge benefit to our users, it’s also a huge challenge to organize and deliever all of this information effectively.
Over the last couple of years, we’ve created several resources that, up until now, have been deeper down in some of the secondary pages on our website. With this release, web users can now access these resources straight from the main navigation menu.
This includes easy access to online design tools, technical documentation, product literature, videos, and more.
You can read more about this update in this recent blog post.
Coming Soon to Samtec.com
That does it for the major web updates in October 2018.
Here is what we’re currently working on, and a few other updates that are coming soon!
- An updated login process across all of Samtec.com
- An improved experience for finding Samtec Locations across the globe
- Updates to all of our on-site cable builders
- Continued translation for all of Samtec.com into several languages
- Continued upgrades to our e-commerce experience across the website
Keep an eye out for these updates and more in 2018!
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