Ruggedized SATA connectors allow solid-state drives (SSDs) to survive harsh environments where industry-standard SATA connectors are inadequate. The connectors, designed for Microsemi’s TRRUST-Stor in partnership with Hypertronics Corp., safeguard data flow while solving severe shock and vibration issues prevalent in defense and industrial applications.
Offered in several form factors from board-mount to cable sets, the connector family has a contact and pin design that eliminates pin fretting and intermittent disconnects. The extended-environment connectors also boast 50% lower contact resistance than conventional designs and provide a minimum of 100,000 insertions with little to no performance degradation. Mating connectors come in right angle, vertical, and cable-set configurations, supporting SATA rates up to 6 Gb/s. The cable-mount version of the connector includes a quarter-turn latching mechanism that simplifies installation and assures a reliable long-term connection.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.