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automotive CANbus
Cable Basics
Cable Basics

30 Years of Automotive CAN

In 1991, the new Mercedes S-Class debuted as an engineer’s luxury sedan with dozens of innovations, including the first automotive CANbus on a production car. What started in luxury isRead More

automotive e-mobility systems
Connector basics
Connector basics

Three Key Connectivity Trends Improving Perfo...

Innovations in connectivity component materials, wiring designs, and modularization are three key drivers that are helping to improve the productivity, efficiency, and costs of e-mobility systems.  By Shawn D’Gama, FieldRead More

Connector Industry forecast
Market Update
Market Update

Connector Industry Shows Resilience in a Year...

As we put the pandemic year behind us, it clear that the connector industry met the many challenges it faced with strength and turned a dire forecast into a seriesRead More

Sealed connectors for harsh environments
Connector basics
Connector basics

Sealed Connectors Protect Against the Hazards...

When it comes to sealing, not all connectors are created equal. Sealed connectors destined for use in transportation equipment must be rugged and protected in order to provide reliable performance.Read More

Electrical Connectors eBook
Connector basics
Connector basics

Connector Basics: Three Types of Electrical C...

Do you know your connector basics? In this excerpt from the new book, “Electrical Connectors: Design, Manufacture, Test, and Selection,” two professors share fundamental knowledge about the principles of interconnectRead More

Expert insights
Expert insights

ECIA Charts a Resilient Electronics Industry

We talk to ECIA’s chief analyst Dale Ford about how the electronics industry weathered a challenging year with success and how the lessons learned will impact the way it operatesRead More

EV Charging connectors
Standards
Standards

EV Charging Connectors are Key to Power and S...

As e-mobility continues to gain acceptance in both consumer and commercial markets, EV charging infrastructure equipped with safe and secure charging connectors provides a critical link between the power grid,Read More

Standards
Standards

EV Charging Connectors are the Foundation of ...

A growing number of automakers are set to turbocharge electric vehicle adoption in the years ahead. Charging connector designs support this evolution. By Levon Altunyan, Product and Marketing Manager, andRead More

New technology
New technology

Five Technology Trends Driving New Connector ...

The connector world is constantly evolving to support dynamic market trends. Emerging high-speed connectivity products are currently responding to a number of technology trends and, once released to market, willRead More

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AUTOMOTIVE MARKET NEWS

Comprehensive coverage of the latest connectivity news in the automotive market

cable-terminated automotive connectors
Product Roundup
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Cable-Terminated Automotive Connectors Produc...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights cable-terminated automotive connectors from leading suppliers. Cable-Terminated Automotive Connectors Lumberg designs and develops several series of RAST connectors that are widely employed in OEM andRead More

new connector products
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March 2021 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. March 2021 New Connectivity Products March 2021 New ConnectivityRead More

Industry News
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February 2021 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. February 2021 Connector IndustryRead More

Industry News
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January 2021 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. January 2021 Connector IndustryRead More

automotive-qualified connectors
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Automotive-Qualified Connectors Product Round...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights automotive-qualified connectors from leading suppliers. Automotive-Qualified Connectors JAE’s MX72A/MX72B Series self-rejecting AK2 squib (igniter) connectors employ the AK2 standard interface, which has been adopted asRead More

EV charging
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Electric Vehicle Charging Connectors Product ...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights electric vehicle charging connectors from leading suppliers. Electric Vehicle Charging Connectors Phoenix Contact’s e-mobility product portfolio offers innovative, high-power, DC charging technology for infrastructure andRead More

July 2020 Connector Industry News
Industry News
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July 2020 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. July 2020 Connector IndustryRead More

Product News
Product News>

June 2020 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. Supplier names are generallyRead More

sealed wire-to-wire connectors
Product Roundup
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Sealed Wire-to-Wire Automotive Connectors

This week’s Product Roundup highlights sealed wire-to-wire automotive connectors from leading suppliers. Sealed Wire-to-Wire Automotive Connectors JAE’s new MX80 Series compact, waterproof automotive in-line connectors are miniaturized for use inRead More

Industry News
Industry News>

March 10, 2020 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. March 10, 2020 ConnectorRead More

New Mill-Max FMLB connectors
Product News
Product News>

March 3, 2020 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. Supplier names are generallyRead More

high-temperature connector products
Product Roundup
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High-Temperature Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights high-temperature connector products rated for maximum operating temperatures of +125°C or higher and well suited for use in industrial, automotive, and transportation applications, as wellRead More

automotive connectors
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Cutting-Edge Automotive Connectivity Products...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights cutting-edge automotive connectivity solutions from leading suppliers, including connectors, cable assemblies, and antennas for EV, HEV, and V2X applications. Cutting-Edge Automotive Connectivity Products  Newark stocksRead More

Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

FAKRA Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights FAKRA connector products from leading suppliers. FAKRA Connector Products Rosenberger’s FAKRA RF connectors are used as standard interfaces for high-frequency automotive applications including radio antenna,Read More

AUTOMOTIVE MARKET REFERENCE LIBRARY

Next-gen connector and cable technologies, design resources, specification tips, and application guides

2020 Innovation ebook
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2020 Interconnect Innovations eBook

In our latest eBook, 29 suppliers with decades of proven experience developing innovative interconnect solutions share in-depth engineering insights and product highlights for our increasingly interconnected world. The articles andRead More

5G RF connectors
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New technology>

Finding the Right Route for 5G RF Connectors

The arrival of 5G RF networks will bring safe, reliable autonomous vehicles closer to reality. To make this possible, the integrity of RF transmissions must be protected. 5G RF networksRead More

automotive connector systems
How to Specify
How to Specify>

Four Key Features to Consider When Choosing A...

Legacy connectors have served automotive connector systems through many design evolutions. Now, however, as new technologies make it possible to design safer, smarter, and greener cars, a new generation ofRead More

Facts & Figures
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Top 10 Automotive Connector Manufacturers

The automotive market is the largest market for connectivity products. As connected, autonomous, and electric automotive technologies continue to advance, demand for connectors and other key connectivity products continue toRead More

Expert insights
Expert insights>

The Automotive Industry is on the Brink of To...

In 10 years, the automotive experience will be vastly different than it is today. Automotive capabilities, fueling strategies, usage and ownership patterns, and the overall driving experience are rapidly changing,Read More

Automotive applications
Connector basics
Connector basics>

Automotive Connectors Meet New Challenges as ...

Connectors used in automotive applications enable everything from stereo systems to drivetrains. As these systems become more connected, more automated, and more energy-efficient, they require connectors that can deliver high-speedRead More

2020 Mobility eBook
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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 andRead More

automotive ethernet
Connector basics
Connector basics>

Growing Demand for Data is Fueling the Automo...

The connected vehicle brings freedoms for drivers and passengers but takes a toll on in-vehicle network design and performance. A new Ethernet standard enables lighter, more powerful systems. The oldRead More

MIPI A-PHY
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MIPI A-PHY Automotive Interface Helps Integra...

As automotive applications expand to include complex sensor, camera, and infotainment capabilities, a more powerful, design-friendly connectivity specification will help manage the required power and data. As the connected carRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Connector Contact Materials for Elevated-Temp...

Applications that reach high temperatures require rugged connectors that can withstand these harsh operating environments. A variety of spring and contact materials should be considered.  The consumer electronics market segmentRead More

5G wireless networks
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Market Update>

5G Wireless Networks and Connected Cars Advan...

New connector families have evolved to meet increasing bandwidth and connectivity needs as the rollout of 5G and the era of advanced vehicle technologies approaches. Wireless 5G and Internet ofRead More

New technology
New technology>

Connectivity is the Future of Automotive Desi...

In 2020, the world is adjusting to new automotive use patterns and considering competing fueling strategies. Only one thing is certain: Cars are becoming more connected. The future of automotiveRead More

automotive
Connector basics
Connector basics>

Five Aspects of Modern Automotive Design That...

Evolving connector design has helped transform the driving experience. Better lighting, greater comfort, and advanced safety are just the beginning. Today’s automobiles are more connected than ever before. Automotive electronics deliverRead More

wiring harnesses
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Standards>

Standards Help Ensure Peak Performance for Wi...

IPC/WHMA-A-620 updates manufacturing requirements for cable and wire harness assemblies to ensure performance as cross-market demand for these specialty components increases. Cable assemblies and wire harnesses are complex, multipart systems comprisedRead More

New technology
New technology>

Vehicle Technologies in Transition

JAE and Yazaki are two companies on the forefront of automotive innovation. We talk to experts from both about the challenges of autonomous and electric vehicles. By Gale Morrison andRead More

driverless vehicles
New technology
New technology>

A Systems-Based Approach to Driverless Cars

Internal and external systems that include an expanded range of connected technologies will bring autonomy to the automotive world and make driverless cars a reality. By Guido Dornbusch, Senior Director,Read More

high voltage and electric powertrains
New technology
New technology>

Five Key Trends Linked to High-Voltage Electr...

As high-voltage electrification and automation drive the greatest period of automotive innovation in a century, the electronics that serve the industry must balance material properties and design to achieve saferRead More

CES 2020
New technology
New technology>

From CES 2020: Connector and Cable Producers ...

Innovation is happening at warp speed as machine learning, AI, and autonomy come into broad use. Product designers must work closely with component manufacturers to ensure that these enabling electronicsRead More

New technology
New technology>

High-Speed Connectivity Accelerates the Devel...

As 5G networks are activated, connected and automated vehicle systems will evolve from emerging technologies into widespread intelligent transportation systems (ITS) that guide the multimodal transport of goods, people, andRead More

New technology
New technology>

Formula E Racing Takes Another Spin

The world’s premier electric car racing series has become an important R&D experience for electronics companies. The 2019–20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship racing season is underway. The globe-spanning electricRead More

Market Update
Market Update>

Electric Vehicles Reach a Fork in the Road

Sales of electric vehicles are growing, but still account for only 2.1% of new car sales worldwide. What does the industry need to address to reach a tipping point forRead More

New technology
New technology>

How the Rise of Edge Computing will Reshape t...

As the connected world of the 21st century comes into existence, the next decade will give rise to new technologies like connected vehicles that will continue to transform and automateRead More

Market Update
Market Update>

The NAV Alliance Wants to Bring Autonomy Clos...

Fleets of autonomous cars and trucks aren’t taking over the roads quite yet, but several technology companies are combining forces to solve the remaining challenges to making autonomy a reality.Read More

New technology
New technology>

Automotive Wiring Undergoes an Architectural ...

The electronic content in cars has exponentially expanded, leading to more than 150 pounds of wiring in a single vehicle, all assembled by hand — for now. As vehicles increaseRead More

Industry News
Industry News>

Safety, Comfort, and Drivetrain Innovations B...

The automotive connector market continues to expand and diversify as the electronic content in cars increases. A new report by Bishop & Associates takes a closer look. By Bishop &Read More

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New technology>

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Offer Alternative to Batt...

Connector makers are helping automobile makers in their push to make hydrogen fuel cells a clean-energy option for cars. Falling lithium-ion battery prices, continuous hydrogen fuel cell technology advancements, changingRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Connectors for Automotive LED Applications ar...

Connector solutions for automotive LED applications must combine ruggedness, reliability, long-term operation, increased functionality, apex performance, and ease of assembly — and all within a miniature and lightweight package. AutomotiveRead More

Standards
Standards>

Standards for Automotive Connectors Differ in...

In a global economy, we see many of the same cars on the roads in Europe and the US. But the electronics packages inside them may differ due to differencesRead More

New technology
New technology>

New Electronics Fuel Formula E Racing

As the racing series continues, we take a closer look inside the new Gen2 Formula E race car to learn about the new electronics packages that make this machine faster,Read More

New technology
New technology>

New Connectors Deliver Lightning Fast Chargin...

Electric vehicle charging stations that can provide a full charge in less than five minutes are about to eliminate one of the key roadblocks to EV acceptance. Connectors that canRead More

New technology
New technology>

Top Technology Trends and Disruptions for 201...

A new wave of technologies including e-mobility, Industry 4.0, edge computing, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality will bring about big changes to society. The technology trends we are watching withRead More

New technology
New technology>

The Top Three Trends in the Electronic Compon...

New automotive technologies are changing the ways that cars are wired. Here’s a look at some of the systems that are rising in importance as automation, electrification, and connectivity takeRead More

New technology
New technology>

5G Brings Future Transportation Scenarios Clo...

High-speed 5G communications are key to widespread adoption of autonomous ridesharing. High-speed connectors, fiber cabling, and the Internet of Things will all play a role. By Neil Shurtz Today, there’sRead More

New technology
New technology>

Automated Vehicles Drive Change in Warehouse ...

Efforts to improve automotive safety are trickling down to the smallest vehicles, including those that never hit the roads. Automated Vehicles The quest to develop safer cars is also influencingRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

More Power to the HEV/EV Connector for Electr...

Innovative, high-density connectors deliver higher current-carrying capacity and help usher in new levels of performance for electric and hybrid vehicles. By Kirk Nelson, Director of Sales – Automotive, Hirose ElectricRead More

New technology
New technology>

Adoption Accelerates in LED Automotive Lighti...

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 lightingRead More

Cable Basics
Cable Basics>

Dependable Quality for Automotive Wire Harnes...

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 specializedRead More

New technology
New technology>

Automotive Complexity Sparks Shift in Design ...

The growing complexity of automotive electronics and wiring is prompting automakers to augment geometric models with functional tools. By Terry Costlow Modeling and Simulation Tools Automakers are relying more onRead More

New technology
New technology>

The Rapid Evolution of the Connected Car

In the past 20 years, connectivity has become a defining feature for vehicle performance, function, and experience. By Amphenol RF Rapid Evolution of the Connected Car The automotive industry hasRead More

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Formula E Takes a Victory Lap

TE Connectivity looks back on a season of innovation and excitement in all-electric auto racing. Season 4 of the world’s premier electric auto racing championship series is over, but SeasonRead More

New technology
New technology>

Automakers Try to Get More From Each Drop of ...

Internal combustion engines continue to fuel the market, pushing connector designers to improve reliability for components destined for harsh under-hood environments. By Terry Costlow Many factors are changing the typesRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Five Recent Developments in the Automotive Co...

Connector products are evolving to accommodate the new technologies that make the 21st century automobile an incredible machine. By Tom Anderson, Connector Product Manager, AVX Interconnect Electronic systems are behindRead More

New technology
New technology>

No Drivers, Lots of Connectors – Autono...

Autonomous vehicles will need as many as 30 sensors, creating volumes of data. In-vehicle infotainment systems will further increase demand for high-speed networks. Self-driving cars are already on the roads.Read More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

The Increasing Importance of Rugged Automotiv...

Rugged automotive interconnects are essential for the reliable operation of automotive battery management and power delivery systems Kevin Oursler, US – Director Marketing and Business Development at ERNI Electronics, Inc.Read More

New technology
New technology>

New Plating Technologies Evolve as the Indust...

RoHS rules inspire innovative, electroplated press-fit solutions that eliminate tin and lead from the terminal plating and board mounting processes. By Frank Schabert, Senior Manager Research and Erika Crandall, TERead More

New technology
New technology>

Customization is Coming to Vehicle Interiors

Buyers can choose displays, lights, and infotainment elements, and use connectors to position them in the vehicles of the future. As consumers increasingly view cars as an extension of theirRead More

New technology
New technology>

Connectors Help Drive Electric Vehicle Expans...

Plug-in vehicles continue to grow in appeal and in power. 2018 promises to be the biggest year yet for the electric car. As automakers invest in electrified powertrains and chargingRead More

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