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autonomous tractors

Autonomous Tractors Take the Farmer Out of the Fields

New partially and fully autonomous tractors and agricultural equipment leverage the evolution of connected automotive technologies to bring e-mobility to the farm. As engineers race to fulfill OEMs’ desire to be amongst the first to have driverless cars hit the highway, the advanced electronics contributing to these innovations are making their way into other modes Read More >>

M12 and M8 connectors

M12 and M8 Connectors: The Perfect Choice for Harsh Environments

Water, dust, and mud present challenging conditions for vehicle and equipment electronics in transportation, agriculture, and other off-road and outdoor operating environments.  Modern industrial operations that feature outdoor installations and equipment depend on resilient and reliable electronic connections to facilitate communications between equipment and operators in harsh environments. Industries such as agriculture, food and beverage Read More >>

2020 Mobility eBook

2020 Mobility Connectivity eBook

In our new 2020 Mobility Connectivity eBook, more than 25 leading interconnect authorities well experienced in automotive, transportation, mil/aero, and industrial mobility share market trend and application insights, design and specification tips, best practices, and product solutions for solving today’s mobility challenges and driving the industry ever forward — faster and more efficiently, safely, precisely, Read More >>

Space grade connectors

Space-Grade Connectors are Ready for Liftoff

As government and commercial missions into space become more prevalent, connectivity suppliers are challenged to deliver space-grade connector products that can handle uniquely extreme operating conditions. The joint mission between SpaceX and NASA to send a team of astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) is one of the technology world’s 2020 highlights. In a Read More >>

Connector Industry Meets Pressing Demand for Advanced Medical Connectivity Products

In a year of changing market conditions and unprecedented global demand for lifesaving medical technologies, the electronics industry has stepped forward to meet new challenges. The world is facing challenging times stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, including healthcare uncertainties, record high unemployment, and social unrest. These turbulent market conditions are fueling a global economic recession Read More >>

Power Connectors for Medical Equipment Prioritize Safety

The first point of connection is the first opportunity to establish rigorous safety standards for medical technologies used in home healthcare and clinical settings. The base electrical standard for medical equipment, IEC/UL 60601-1, guides the design of safe and effective power supplies. As medical equipment becomes more powerful, more portable, and more accessible to users Read More >>

high-speed connectors and cables

The Evolution of High-Speed Data Transfer

The connector industry continues to refine backplane and I/O connectors to provide a migration path to the next generation of high-speed architectures. This is the fourth in a series of articles that review leading technology trends that have had a significant impact on the electronic connector industry. high-speed 112Gb/s 3.125Gb/s NRZ to 112Gb/s PAM4 It Read More >>

data rates and signals

A High-Speed Connectivity Solution for Achieving 112Gb/s PAM4 Data Rates

System architects are using over-the-board technologies to extend signal reach and density and achieve high-speed data rates by routing signals through ultra-low-skew twinax cable instead of through expensive, lossy PCBs.  Industry observers have noted that emerging high-speed system requirements of 28Gb/s and 56Gb/s, and now 112Gb/s, are nearing the physical limitations of traditional electronic hardware Read More >>

New Power Shelf Connector Will Advance Cloud Computing

The Open Rack V3 Power Shelf Input Connector will advance power management strategies as cloud computing continues to grow. As global demand for computing power escalates, connector companies are finding new ways to bring flexibility and efficiency to information technology infrastructure. Managing the flow of signal and power distribution in data centers, to edge devices, Read More >>

Ethernet cable connections

Five Common Solutions for Connecting Two Industrial Ethernet Cables

How do you connect two Ethernet cables to each other while maintaining environmental ratings, signal integrity, and data speeds? We examine the capabilities, pros, and cons of five common solutions. By Nate Owens, Product Marketing Manager, Industrial Field Connectivity, and Sam Hartman Product Marketing Specialist, Industrial Field Connectivity, Phoenix Contact USA Industrial Ethernet How do Read More >>

military UAVs

Small Military UAVs Demand Smaller, Lighter Connectors

A new generation of more powerful unmanned aerial vehicles carry a payload that includes sensors, cameras, processors, and other electronics. Small, lightweight connectors help make their missions possible. Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for military use are getting even smaller and more powerful as trends toward miniaturization in modern military equipment extends to the skies. Read More >>