Connectivity is key to any computing device, whether it is a display, a smart phone, or an industrial robot. And the key to connectivity is reliability. As data rates increase, product form factors change, and mechanical connectors are exposed to an increasing number of environmental hazards, creating a reliable point-to-point connection can be a major challenge. Keyssa focuses on six markets where connectors can pose major issues:
- LED Video Walls and Displays
- Test and Diagnostics
- Board-to-board Interconnects
- Test and Diagnostics
LED Video Walls
Very few products have as many connections as an LED video wall. And with each of these hundreds of connectors comes the very real possibility that one will fail.Cabinet-to-cabinet:
- Eliminates unreliable cables and connectors and improves system reliability.
- Simplifies installation and decreases install and teardown time. LED Display Module-to-Backplane/cabinet:
- X, Y, Z tolerance of +/- 1.5 mm ensures perfect pixel alignment.
- Eliminates mechanical connector module, saving module space and eliminating connector misalignment/breakage.
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Production line test can be an operational nightmare. Manual testing is slow, expensive, and risks damage to the device connector. And testing of IoT products that have no data connector increases testing challenges.
Automated testing requires actuators to align pogo pins/probes. Every extra second of test time and every false negative test increase overall product cost.
- High-speed wireless connectors decrease test times and increase test throughput.
- With wide mechanical tolerances, there is no need for expensive actuators.
- Embedded connector allows for quick diagnostic check without opening products.
Augmented reality glasses need to balance high functionality with a slim, lightweight form factor. Virtual reality headsets require high-speed data inputs but are currently tethered to clumsy cables or connected wirelessly introducing unacceptable latency and lag.
In both cases, mechanical connectors can limit product design.
- High-speed connections through AR glass hinges.
- High-speed contactless data uploads to VR headsets..
- Hidden connector provides test and firmware upload access point as well as connector-less access system access for diagnostics and provisioning.
Smartphones continue to get thinner and thinner, eliminating external connectors as the product category moves towards the era of the connector-less phones. High-speed, device-to-device connectivity continues to be a market need and Keyssa’s wireless connector enables high-speed connectivity without relying on Wi-Fi or cellular connections
Internal phone connectors also face challenges as data rates increase and fragile (and expensive) flex cables connecting camera modules and displays face reliability issues.
- High-speed wireless data connector – combined with wireless power, smart phones can become completely sealed devices.
- Internal connectors connecting camera modules and displays.
- Wireless high-speed attach for modular phones and accessories.
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Commercial and industrial tablets and laptops are continually exposed to a number of hazardous environmental conditions. Even in the seemingly most benign environments, mechanical connectors and pogo pins can become unreliable and/or fail.
In harsher environments, like factory floors or moving vehicles, exposure to dust, dirt, water, and vibration wreak havoc on fixed mechanical connectors. And with portable PoS terminals, constant docking substantially increases overall wear and tear of connectors.
- Wireless connectors in docking tables used in commercial and industrial environments.
- Ruggedized laptops, impervious to common external hazards that render mechanical connectors unreliable.
- PoS terminals that require constant docking and undocking putting undue strain on traditional connectors.
There are just as many internal device-to-device connectors as there are external connectors, and like all mechanical connectors, reliability is a major issue.Board-to-board connections can suffer from EMI/RFI emissions that exist inside every compute device, vibration when two PCBs are directly attached with B2B connectors, and signal integrity issues, especially in cascading PCBs where each connection point introduces signal loss.
- Wide X, Y Z tolerances enable a PCB-to-PCB high-speed interconnect even in applications where there is heavy vibration.
- Cascading board-to-board connections with no signal loss between links.
- Secure internal link that cannot be probed or tapped.