SeaLATCH Brackets Use Motherboard Headers to Easily Add USB Ports to Systems

February 15, 2008

“Most customers have unused USB headers on their motherboard,” states Marc Foster, Director of Sales at Sealevel Systems. “This new product line of SeaLATCH brackets makes it easy for them to use these headers to easily add USB ports to their systems. As an added benefit, the brackets use SeaLATCH locking USB ports which provide customers the ability to protect against accidental cable disconnection.”

The SeaLATCH bracket product line provides three mounting options for adding USB Type A ports: a low profile PCI bracket, a standard PCI bracket, and a panel mount bracket. All products in the line have an integrated 2mm 4-pin Molex header that connects to the motherboard header on the host system. Sealevel has internal USB connector cables available as optional accessory items.

The PCI bracket and low profile PCI bracket simply use the respective PCI/low profile PCI slots as a mounting platform. The brackets do not transmit any data via the PCI bus.

The PCI bracket is also available in a dual connector model that has two SeaLATCH locking USB Type A connectors.

The panel mount bracket is secured directly to the enclosure. An opening is cut into the metal to expose the port then the bracket is secured using the included stainless steel (#4-40) screws. The panel mount bracket is compatible with 13-21 gauge sheet metal and 11-19 gauge aluminum panels. Threaded inserts are integrated into the molded bracket which eliminates the need for threading on the enclosure.

The brackets utilize SeaLATCH locking USB ports that provide a secure metal-to-metal connection using a thumbscrew design. Users have the option of using a SeaLATCH USB cable when a secure connection is desired or they can use a standard USB cable. USB cables with SeaLATCH locking USB connectors are available as optional accessory items.