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MODULAR, HYBRID, ADAPTABLE: CONNECTORS GET FLEXIBLE

Published by OMNETICS Connector Corp.

In most popular consumer electronics systems, modularity is out – at least for the end user. Sealed units, limited repairability or customisation, and wireless only connectivity are the order of the day. In a few markets – custom gaming PC builds, for example – users still select each component to connect together. But for the vast majority, the device is all (in one) or nothing.

That trend is most clear in the smartphone market, where modular systems periodically become a fashionable idea (motivated by a desire to upgrade, say, a camera unit without junking the handset) but are rarely commercialised.

System-on-a-chip – where the function of formerly discrete components is subsumed to the main CPU – is the ultimate expression of this movement, resulting in a range of computerised products with fewer and fewer hardware modules and physical connections.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking this means modules don’t exist – or that connections between them aren’t critical. Even in a sealed-unit smartphone, versions of micro-connectors are still vital to enable the connection of a camera, touch screen and other components. If anything, the quality and reliability of those connectors must be even higher if they can’t be replaced easily.

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