Don’t blush! It’s time to get down and dirty as AVX shares five things to know about “naked” connectors.
If you’re not sure your design could benefit from a connector solution that has shed its plastic insulator, here are some considerations for utilizing “naked” connectors, according to AVX‘s Tom Anderson.
- Naked connectors are single contacts that provide all of the benefits of a full connector solution without the additional component and assembly costs associated with the plastic insulator.
- Contacts do not need to be enclosed in a plastic housing, even in harsh industrial environments. Exposed contacts are no different than exposed solder pads on a PCB. So, more often than not, the insulator simply adds to the total component and assembly costs and increases the footprint.
- Naked connectors are based on proven contact technologies and can be trusted to replace traditional connectors. Designed from the ground up rather than from a connector down, the base material selection, plating, and key design features of these latest single-contact solutions were tested and verified with FEA software prior to extensive final product testing and qualification.
- AVX’s Naked Connectors were developed to satisfy customers’ requests for cost-effective board-to-board and wire-to-board connector solutions that helped simplify the design and preserve board space while maintaining the robustness, reliability, and reparability of their existing connector solutions. Current offerings include compression contacts; lateral/coplanar contacts; pogo pin contacts; insulation displacement contacts (IDC); and poke-home contacts for horizontal, vertical, and inverse through-board WTB applications.
- Industry response to AVX’s new UL-certified and award-winning Naked Connectors is exceedingly positive, as they provide customers with instant cost savings and equivalent or improved performance, in addition to board space and/or height savings. Naked connectors also enable innovative PCB layout capabilities that were previously unattainable in fixed connector solutions.
What are your thoughts on naked connectors? Have you used them in a recent design? To learn more about this technology, post a comment or question below for Tom.
Tom Anderson, connector product manager for AVX, has been in the connector industry for more than 30 years and has held a variety of product marketing positions. For the last four years, he has focused on developing new connector technologies for the industrial and solid-state lighting markets. You can email Tom at Tom.Anderson@avx.com.