Molex Acquires Keyssa Wireless Connector Technology to Support Demand for High-Speed Board-to-Board, Contactless Connectivity
Acquisition of Keyssa's technology and intellectual property will drive commercialization and market penetration of contactless connectors
Accelerate the development of next-generation contactless connectors for point-to-point data transmission, free from reliance on mechanical connectors
Ideal for supporting high-volume mobile and consumer electronics, as well as industrial, automotive, and medical applications
Leverage its world-class mmWave antennas, high-speed signal integrity, and volume manufacturing expertise to expand Molex's portfolio of miniature connector solutions
Molex, a global electronics industry leader and connectivity innovator, has acquired the core technology and intellectual property (IP) of Keyssa Inc., a pioneer in high-speed contactless connectors. The acquisition of this unique wireless chip-to-chip technology, including more than 350 patent applications, will accelerate the implementation of Molex's strategy to further expand and enrich the micro-connector product portfolio for near-field, device-to-device direct-connect applications (D2D) Offers highly flexible cable-free connectors.
"Keyssa's wireless chip-to-chip technology complements Molex's development in mmWave antenna connectivity to meet the growing demand for high-speed data transmission," said Justin Kerr, vice president and general manager of Molex's Micro Solutions business unit. To meet the needs of our mobile and consumer electronics customers, we continue to drive technological advancements that provide greater product design freedom while supporting the demands of next-generation wireless connectivity."
Optimized device-to-device communication
As mobile and consumer products become smaller, thinner, and sleeker, the need to optimize communication between devices increases. At the same time, it is equally important to simplify the internal communications of mobile devices, such as the ever-increasing volume of data transfers between displays, cameras and other critical components. In addition to getting rid of the reliance on solid-wire cables or connectors, the acquisition of the technology also alleviates mating and reliability concerns. Fully encapsulated, dust- and water-tight packaging with wide alignment tolerances also enhances design manufacturability.
Currently, the acquired technology delivers data rates of up to 6 Gbps in the 60 GHz band without the interference issues of WiFi or Bluetooth. This tiny, low-power, low-latency solid-state contactless connector addresses critical data transfer needs at the lowest cost. Molex plans to enhance current capabilities by supporting higher data rates and full duplex communications. In addition, Molex will leverage long-established signal integrity expertise and mmWave antenna capabilities to accelerate commercialization of new contactless connectors while complementing its existing product portfolio.
Molex will also leverage Virtual Pipeline I/O (VPIO) technology developed by Keyssa to address protocol inefficiencies. By aggregating low-speed and high-speed protocols transmitted simultaneously on one or more links, VPIO can help compensate for real-time events that affect the integrity of link performance. The combination of VPIO and contactless connectors creates scalable and efficient I/O that is not limited by mechanical connectors, while being able to adapt and scale to application needs.
Strategic investment drives market momentum
Molex is building a team of more than 25 engineers in the US and India to develop next-generation products based on this technology. Initially, the focus will be on the unique connectivity needs of high-volume mobile devices, with contactless connectors offering potential advantages in design manufacturing, serviceability, reliability, signal aggregation and security. Over time, Molex will target this technology in emerging applications including smart factories, advanced automotive safety, medical robotics and more.
"Molex has a longstanding commitment to investing in world-class solutions that not only solve today's problems but also anticipate their future challenges for leading mobile and consumer device manufacturers," said Eric VanAlstyne, director of corporate development at Molex. The acquisition of Keyssa The technology and intellectual property decisions have allowed us to strengthen our position as the preferred supplier through innovations in the field of mechanical and contactless connectivity."
Molex Consumer and Commercial Solutions
Molex has proven expertise in 5G, mmWave, RF, signal integrity, antenna, power, camera and display technologies, providing critical connectivity for the entire mobile device ecosystem. Strengths such as precision, volume manufacturing and miniaturization enable Molex to meet changing market demands, providing leading mobile device manufacturers and their suppliers with the smallest, densest and most advanced connectors available on the market today.
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Molex is a global electronics industry leader dedicated to making our world a better and more connected place. Molex operates in more than 40 countries, enabling transformative technological innovations in the automotive, data center, industrial automation, healthcare, 5G, cloud computing and consumer device industries. Through trusted customer and industry relationships, unmatched engineering expertise, and product quality and reliability, Molex realizes the limitless potential of Creating Connections for Life.