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Molex Introduces TransFlash* Connectors For World's Smallest Memory Card System

LISLE, Ill. August 1, 2004 Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA) has introduced two types of connectors for the new TransFlash* memory card format, the world's smallest removable memory card system. The new connectors accept industry standard TransFlash memory cards, which are smaller than a postage stamp and can store up to 256 megabytes of data. Molex's TransFlash connectors save about 70 percent of space compared to miniSD versions. The connectors are designed for use in cell phones and other mobile devices that use removable flash memory cards to store data such as text, games, photos, video and audio.

Molex's TransFlash connectors feature both hinged and push-push (push lock/push release) versions that include metal shielding and integral solder tabs for ESD protection. The hinged version is used in a similar way as with SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) cards, which are not normally removed after installing. The hinged version has a slide lock that is easily actuated by hand and stays open in various positions to facilitate card insertion. The hinged function also enables the card to be inserted from the top angle, making sequence pins for power on/off unnecessary; while the white color housing provides good visual contrast to the normally black-colored cards. The push-push version includes an integral friction lock and cam mechanism for secure and user-friendly card insertion and extraction. Plus, it includes a beveled front portion to facilitate card removal.

Both versions are eight-circuit SMT designs that include solder tabs for secure PCB retention and additional grounding. The push-push version is rated at 100V and 5,000 cycles durability; the hinged version is rated at 10V and 1,000 cycles durability. Both are rated at 0.5 Amps.

Gold-plated contacts provide good electrical properties and are lead-free. In-line SMT tails are designed on the inside part of the connector for space savings and windows in the shields enable visual solder inspection. The push-push version includes first-mate/last break terminals to provide power on/off support. When used with adapters, the TransFlash connectors are fully compatible with systems that support SD and miniSD. The connectors come in embossed tape packaging and include wide flat areas to accommodate pick-and-place machines.

The new TransFlash connectors offer flexibility at an affordable cost. Lead time for the TransFlash connectors is stock to nine weeks.

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* TransFlash is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation.

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