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  • Space Connectors Get Tough for the Harshest Environment

    Heat, shock, vibration, and radiation are all in a day’s work for the special components that explore worlds beyond our own. by Ann R. Thryft The most mission-critical of military/aerospace systems are the ones that go into space, where they encounter the toughest environments. Mil/aero systems must be tough enough on Earth to withstand the Read More >>

  • Ruggedness and Reliability Starts at the Contact

    In critical mil/aero applications, a connector’s dependability begins where the pins and sockets meet: the contact system. By Robert Kleinschmidt, Senior Vice President, Air & Defense Business Unit, AirBorn, Inc. Many electronic systems in the military, defense, and aeronautics industries are designed to excel in some of the harshest environments imaginable. Deep-sea systems must endure Read More >>

Featured Products

Automotive

Hermetically Sealed Connector Products

This week’s product roundup highlights hermetically sealed connector solutions from leading suppliers. Newark element14 stocks MIL-DTL-38999 Series III Hermetic Connectors from SOURIAU. These stainless steel, high-density connectors have a compact footprint with a low profile that delivers up to 30% space savings, threaded couplings for quick, reliable mating, a robust glass-to-metal hermetic seal, and 45 Read More >>

LED Adoption Accelerates in Automotive Lighting

Automakers are moving away from incandescent bulbs at increased speeds, eliminating a longstanding connector market. Opportunities for interconnect suppliers to shift gears and merge into more advanced automotive LED lighting applications abound. Much of the automotive industry’s attention is focused on the requirements of safety systems and autonomous driving, but there’s a similar revolution happening Read More >>

Dependable Quality for Automotive Wire Harnesses

To make the connected car and autonomous driving possible, quality wire harnesses are essential. Since quality assurance is a complex and largely manual manufacturing process, the use of a specialized manufacturing execution system (MES) is paramount. By Bernd Jost, Managing Director, DiIT AG, and Pete Doyon, VP Product Management, Schleuniger, Inc. Digitization has long been Read More >>

Computer

FFC and FPC Connector Product Roundup

This week’s product roundup highlights FFC and FPC connector solutions from top suppliers. I-PEX Connectors’ DW5 two-way FPC and discrete wire connectors can accommodate 0.2mm-thick (±0.3mm) FPC cables or 34AWG discrete wire using the same PCB and receptacle combination, making them ideal for use in a variety of space-constrained portable electronics, including laptop screens. These Read More >>

Compression Connector Product Roundup

This week’s product roundup highlights some of the highest-performance compression connector products currently available on the market. Compression Connector Products AVX Interconnect’s 9155-400 Series two-piece battery connectors have a 4mm pitch and a unique angled contact lead-in on both sides, which, unlike most other connectors in this category, allows pluggable devices to engage from either Read More >>

We’ll Always Have Paris

Dry earth globeIn December 2015, 195 countries signed an agreement at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. In June 2017, President Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the agreement, joining Syria as the only countries to remain outside of the agreement. What does that mean for the connector industry? By Caroline Read More >>


Consumer

New Product News: September 2018 — Part II

Summary coverage of the latest, new-to-market connector and cable products Interconnects, etc.  TE Connectivity launched the new BUCHANAN WireMate Two-Piece Poke-In connectors to provide easy-to-use, three-directional mounting solutions for wall-mounted smart home devices. The two-piece connectors have a panel-mounted, poke-in style terminal block and a blade-style mating header for device PCB attachment, enabling push-in, slide-on, Read More >>

New Gaming Hardware Revealed at E3 2018

Accessible gaming and a new console? Yes, please. This year’s E3 show revealed modest but solid innovations for gamers — and new opportunities for connectors. This year, for the second year, the general public could attend the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, the video gaming industry’s premier trade show. Those of us who couldn’t make Read More >>

Wire-to-Board Connector Products

Molex EdgeLockThis week’s product roundup highlights wire-to-board connector solutions from leading suppliers. Molex’s new 2mm-pitch EdgeLock Wire-to-Edge-Card Signal System offers space savings and positive latch locking for secure, solderless mating to PCB edge cards, which reduces assembly time, eliminates the need for a mating header assembly, lowering overall assembly cost, and enables easy release if rework Read More >>

Industrial

High-Temperature Connector & Cable Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights high-temperature connector and cable solutions from leading suppliers. BTC Electronics offers Hermetic Seal Corporation’s HTX Series hermetically sealed interconnects for ultra harsh environments, which are made using advanced HTX glass seals designed to withstand much higher temperatures and higher vibration than their predecessors and to outperform borosilicate and alkali barium Read More >>

The IoT Revolution Dips into the Internet of Water

A team of scientists is tapping electronics distributors and open source data to create better, cheaper environmental monitoring stations — and they want to help others do it themselves. Our water resources are under constant assault. Agricultural runoff, chemical pollutants, pharmaceuticals, water-borne pathogens, and other factors can render water unsafe to drink or swim in, Read More >>

Fast, Small and Lean: System Cabling Pays Off

Panel builders can reduce wiring time, achieve a denser, leaner cabinet, and cut costs by moving to a system cabling solution. By Michael Hardman, Product Marketing Specialist, Phoenix Contact USA In today’s industrial controls marketplace, customers are insisting on control cabinets that are less cluttered and take up less real estate than ever before. They Read More >>


Transportation

Golf Carts Drive Towards Autonomy

Driverless golf carts and neighborhood electric vehicles may become mainstream well before autonomous cars become common. By Terry Costlow Golf cart suppliers have beat the auto industry in the race to electric power. Now they’re striving to make big inroads into the autonomous vehicle field. The challenges and benefits of using both electrified powertrains and Read More >>

Four Qualities to Look for When ​Selecting D-Sub Backshells for Transportation Applications

It’s easy to overlook backshells, but they play a critical role in protecting connectors, cables, and overall system reliability. Mike Kahn, Director of Marketing, NorComp Connector reliability is essential to the performance of electronic systems in transportation applications. Off-highway equipment, long-haul freighters, bus and rail systems, and all other modes depend on critical systems including Read More >>

Ethernet Cable Connector Products

This week’s product roundup highlights Ethernet cable connector solutions from leading suppliers. Kensington Electronics stocks Stewart Connector’s S-RJFTV Series RJ45 D38999 connectors. Based on the rugged D38999 shell, these high-performance RJ45 connectors provide reliable Ethernet connectivity in harsh-environment military, railway, oil and gas, and renewable energy applications. Available in the industry’s smallest shell sizes, 17 Read More >>

Medical

Small Form Factor Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights small form factor (SFF) connector solutions from leading suppliers. I-PEX Connectors’ NOVASTACK35-HDP shielded board-to-board FPC connectors provide high-reliability data transfer and power delivery. They have a 0.35mm pitch, a maximum mated height of 0.75mm, full 360° shielding for closer placement to antennas, heat-resistant UL94 V-0 LCP housings for enhanced protection, Read More >>

Tiny Interconnect Products Bring Sound to Life

A new generation of micro-sized electronics is helping hearing-impaired people connect with the world. By Bob Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics Connector Corporation The cochlear implant, one of the most dramatic and effective treatments for hearing impairments and loss, has been around since 1957. In its earliest version, the device consisted of a simple six-channel Read More >>

New Materials Expand the Capabilities of Medical Connectors

The exploding growth of the medical device market is putting more pressure than ever on the components that make today’s life-saving technologies possible. By Jean Thilmany Connectors destined for use in medical devices face a number of unique challenges. They must be able to withstand frequent connect and disconnect cycles, provide continued precision performance in Read More >>


Military/Aerospace

Space Connectors Get Tough for the Harshest Environment

Heat, shock, vibration, and radiation are all in a day’s work for the special components that explore worlds beyond our own. by Ann R. Thryft The most mission-critical of military/aerospace systems are the ones that go into space, where they encounter the toughest environments. Mil/aero systems must be tough enough on Earth to withstand the Read More >>

Ruggedness and Reliability Starts at the Contact

In critical mil/aero applications, a connector’s dependability begins where the pins and sockets meet: the contact system. By Robert Kleinschmidt, Senior Vice President, Air & Defense Business Unit, AirBorn, Inc. Many electronic systems in the military, defense, and aeronautics industries are designed to excel in some of the harshest environments imaginable. Deep-sea systems must endure Read More >>

Hermetically Sealed Connector Products

This week’s product roundup highlights hermetically sealed connector solutions from leading suppliers. Newark element14 stocks MIL-DTL-38999 Series III Hermetic Connectors from SOURIAU. These stainless steel, high-density connectors have a compact footprint with a low profile that delivers up to 30% space savings, threaded couplings for quick, reliable mating, a robust glass-to-metal hermetic seal, and 45 Read More >>

Tele/Datacom

Microwave & RF Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights microwave and RF connector solutions from leading suppliers, including non-magnetic connectors designed for use in MRI machines and other sensitive equipment. Omnetics’ Nano Coax Connectors exhibit excellent VSWR, return loss, insertion loss, and impedance, and are available as Hybrid Micro-D or standalone contacts. The Hybrid Micro-D version offers a variety Read More >>

New Product News: September 2018 — Part I

Summary coverage of the latest, new-to-market connector and cable products. Interconnects, etc. Molex introduced the new Coeur CST High-Current Interconnect System, which features an innovative float design that accommodates pin-to-socket misalignment for easy PCB-to-PCB, busbar-to-busbar, and PCB-to-busbar mating without the risk of overstress damage to the socket contact system. The new design achieves 1mm of Read More >>

Is the Copper Backplane Running Out of Gas?

Higher speeds have pushed designers to find creative ways to manage conflicting issues of speed, density, signal integrity, and reach. But as we look past 112Gb/s, the picture is getting fuzzier. Traditional backplane architecture has served the electronics industry exceptionally well for nearly 70 years. The advantages of modularity, manufacturability, repairability, as well as the Read More >>


Instrumentation

RF Connector Product Roundup

This week’s product roundup highlights RF connector solutions from top suppliers. I-PEX Connectors’ MHF® I LK Connector System delivers simple, secure connections in applications exposed to high shock and vibration, including: automobiles, aircraft, and drones, and is the only RF connector/harness system with a built-in locking feature that doesn’t require epoxy or tape to keep Read More >>

Product Roundup: Push-Pull Connectors

This week’s product roundup highlights push-pull connectors from leading suppliers. Heilind Electronics offers the MediSpec™ Medical Plastic Circular (MPC) Interconnect System from Molex, which delivers high-reliability electrical performance especially designed to meet stringent medical standards at a fraction of the cost of competing machined-contact systems. This system features lightweight, medical-grade plastic housings compatible with autoclave, Read More >>

Wire and Cable Products Roundup

Wire and cable product roundup September 2017This week’s product roundup highlights some of the most robust, reliable, and highest-performance wire and cable products available on today’s market. Stewart Connector’s SealJack™ Cable Applied Series preassembled cable assemblies provide high-reliability connectivity in harsh-environment Ethernet applications, including those within the IoT umbrella. They can be customized with IP67 and RJ45 ends using CAT 5e Read More >>