The Most Universal Components: Cables and Connectors

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  • Author: Gary Breed
Interconnections are probably the most common, and among the most important, design choices in all electronic equipment, especially at high fre-quencies. In recognition of that importance, we cover cables and connectors several times each year—with featured product coverage (see page 40), in our Technology Report, and with application articles on product performance, selection and installation. To a layman, this segment of the high frequency market may seem mundane, relating it to AC wall sockets, power adapters or the headphones for an MP3 player. The only exposure to high frequen-cies is the occasional F connector for their entertainment system compo-nents. Engineers specializing in other parts of the system might not appre-ciate the importance of these products beyond the basic factors of cable loss and connector standardization.