CF extend 180
CompactFlash Flexible Extender Card
The CF extend 180 is a flexible extender card designed to provide easy access to a CompactFlash card for debug or test. Designed with the same low noise characteristics of our CF extend 160, the CF Extend 180 takes this design a step further by connecting the host and card via ribbon cables. The flexible extender consists of two PC boards, the host interface board and the card interface board. The host interface board is inserted into the host's CompactFlash slot. Four 26-pin ribbon cables connect the host interface board to the card interface board. The CompactFlash card to be tested is inserted into the card interface board's 50-pin connector. It will accept both 3.3mm type I and 5.0mm type II CF cards.
The CF extend 180 was designed with the engineer and technician in mind. Thoughtfully placed grounding posts provide a convenient place to ground a scope probe or analyzer. Vcc test points are available for easy voltage measurements. Dual LEDs indicate if the Vcc is at 3.3V or 5V. A resettable current protection device protects the host from Vcc to ground shorts. Jumpers can isolate Vcc and Vpp supplies for easy current measurements.
All too often extender cards are the source of many signal integrity problems. The CF extend 180 is designed to minimize the signal degradation by using proven design techniques. Separate Vcc and ground planes provide a low inductance path to the host socket. High frequency X7R and bulk tantalum capacitors keep supply rails clean. The CF extend 180 uses four 34-pin ribbon cables to connect the host and card interface boards insuring that each signal has a ground return.
The CF extend 180 comes standard with a 5" extension cable. Although distances greater than a few inches may effect the signal integrity, we have used longer cable lengths successfully in several applications.
Sycard Technology offers the CF extend 180 in several configurations. For those that need a ready made solution, the CF extend 180 comes with both the host side and card side boards along with a 5" extension cable. For those customers that wish to make their own cables, the host and card interface boards can be ordered without cables. The host (180HIB) and card (180CIB) interface boards can also be used individually for special test and development needs.
The CFextend 180 has been discontinued. No replacement is available.
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