Change is a necessary part of life (that is, if you wish to continue moving forward). But change can be hard. At times, it requires a step or two backward before progress can be made. That feels costly because…well…it is! But often the reward outweighs the cost. Wouldn’t it be nice to adapt without a cost though? That’s where hot swap connectors enter our discussion.
What is “Hot Swapping”?
When it comes to high-level computing, it’s awfully inconvenient when you have to shut an entire system down to simply replace a single component. The use of how swap connectors (referred to as “hot swapping”) makes life a lot easier for these technical professionals. It makes swapping computing components very easy and convenient for systems engineers. Hot swapping allows them to add, replace, or remove parts of a computing system. Some parts can even be configured with redundancy so that redundant parts take over when a component is swapped. That’s quite an advance!
Hot Swapping Tips
Here’s an important thing to know. If you want the “hot swap” to be successful (no damage to your equipment), you’ll want to make sure you find a specialized connector to meet your need. The pins of these connectors are designed in a staggered fashion, so that some pins will connect before others. This is called sequential mating, and it allows ground pins to mate before the others. Why does this help? Well, it allows the connectors to ground themselves before connecting data lines and sending power. These 3 steps (grounding, connecting, powering) happen quickly, but there’s a huge benefit to power connectors working in sequence like that.
When To Use a Hot Swap Connector
They are best used in a situation where you need to modify your system without causing an interruption. But they can also be used for simple convenience. We all know how annoying it can be to have to shut-down and then restart a computer. These connectors help avoid that. That is their biggest gift to the world of computing.