Design Consideration: Cycle Life of Connectors

A while ago, I experienced firsthand the importance of connector cycle life. I made a late-night run into a local supermarket to print some photos for a family event that was taking place the next day. I loaded the photos onto a USB flash drive, but when I plugged the drive into the self-service photo kiosk, something felt wrong.

A 30-Year Run for the Parallel Key Line

Think back to 1984. Ronald Reagan was the president of the United States. The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale. Michael Jackson’s album Thriller sells over 37 million copies, and the Soviet Union boycotts the summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. This is also the year that Datakey introduced the parallel key family.

Security Risks of USB Ports on Embedded Devices

A recent BBC article explained how USB devices can be used for malicious purposes without the user opening an infected file on a USB flash drive, for example. In fact, the USB device doesn’t have to be a USB flash drive at all. It could be a smart phone or even a USB light or fan. The article and associated videos explain how the USB device can spoof being a network card and steal username and password data when it unknowingly takes a user to a legitimate looking site that is set up to harvest this data.

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