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Consumers Adopt Wearable Tech for Greater Hea...

From multifunctional fitness trackers and smartwatches to tiny medical devices that deliver medicine or vital information, consumers have embraced wearable technologies. Consumers have embraced the concept of wearable devices andRead More

New technology
New technology

Powerful e-Textiles Promise Washable, Wearabl...

Small, lightweight, and wearable doesn’t cut it for designers of e-textiles. New flexible, conductive fabrics make wearable electronics even more comfortable and connected. The continuous downscaling of connectivity products hasRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics

The Evolution of Proprietary to Open Source C...

Sometimes a custom connector design will remain a limited-use product. Other times, it may become a popular proprietary connector. In some instances, the evolution continues and the connector experiences widespreadRead More

Facts & Figures
Facts & Figures

Continued Growth Expected in the World Connec...

As the electronics industry continues to adjust to changes brought by the global pandemic, it’s clear that technological innovation will play a key role in the future of every market.Read More

public safety
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New technology

Smart Technologies Make Public Spaces Safe Du...

As consumers begin to return to public spaces, a new crop of smart technologies is helping to keep surfaces clean, air clear, and viruses safely away. As vaccination rates riseRead More

TE antennas for the smart home
Market Update
Market Update

The Rise of the Antennas: Connected Home Ecos...

From digital assistants to smart appliances, consumers are slowly adapting to connected home technologies. These networked devices deliver efficiency and ease of use with the help of sensitive antennas. ByRead 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

Standards
Standards

USB4 is Coming to a Device Near You

In 2021, we’ll see USB4 begin to appear in computing products and peripherals. The latest iteration of the USB standard will be fast and backward compatible. In the connector world,Read More

Expert insights
Expert insights

Disruptive Innovation in the U.S. and China

Longtime industry observer Bob Hult shares his informed opinions, saying that it’s time for all levels of government and industry to recognize that China has become a pragmatic competitor fully capable of disruptive innovation. Doing so may help WesternRead More

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January 2021 new interconnect products
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January 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. January 2021 New Connectivity Products January 2021 New ConnectivityRead More

Product News
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September 2020 New Connectivity Products II

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. September 2020 New ConnectivityRead More

New connectivity products
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July 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. July 2020 New ConnectivityRead More

Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Connectors for Medical Wearables Product Roun...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights connectors for medical wearables ranging from fitness-watch-style monitoring devices to smart textiles and exoskeletons. Connectors for Medical Wearables Binder’s Snap-In IP67 Series features a rangeRead More

smart home connectivity
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Smart Home Connectivity Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights connectivity solutions ideally suited for smart home technologies and other consumer electronics, networking, and telecom applications. Smart Home Connectivity Products PRECI-DIP developed a trio ofRead More

tooling and materials
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Application Materials and Tooling Product Rou...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights application materials and tooling products from leading suppliers. Application Materials and Tooling Products Weidmüller’s panel-building tool chest features variable tool inserts that can be configuredRead More

hybid connector
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Hybrid Connector Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights hybrid connector products from leading suppliers. Hybrid Connector Products Positronic EC Series Eclipse hybrid power and signal connectors combine precision-machined low-resistance, gold-plated copper alloy powerRead More

New Mill-Max FMLB connectors
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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

RAST connecctors
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RAST Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights RAST connectors for home appliances from leading suppliers. Formalized as an international terminal block standard for the home appliances market in the 1980s, RAST (RasterRead More

I-O Connector products
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I/O Connector Products 2019

This week’s Product Roundup highlights I/O connector products from leading suppliers, many of which are well suited for use in industrial, datacom/telecom, medical, and consumer electronics applications. I/O Connector ProductsRead More

Product News
Product News>

New Connectivity Products: October 2019

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

Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Microminiature Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights microminiature connector products from leading suppliers for applications including consumer electronics, datacom and telecom equipment, and wire and cable assemblies. Microminiature Connector Products I-PEX Connectors’Read More

Spring-loaded connectors
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Spring-Loaded Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights spring-loaded connector products from leading suppliers. Spring-Loaded Connector Products AVX Corporation’s 70-9150 Series STRIPT™ single, insulator-less, pogo-pin contacts provide extremely flexible and robust off-the-shelf solutionsRead More

Satmec card edge connectors
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Card-Edge Connectors

This week’s Product Roundup highlights card-edge connector products from leading suppliers for applications including datacom, telecom, and consumer electronics. Card-Edge Connector Products Samtec’s popular HSEC8 Series 0.80mm-pitch edge card socketsRead More

USB connectors and cable assemblies
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USB Connectors and Cable Assemblies

This week’s Product Roundup highlights USB connectors and cable assemblies from leading suppliers. USB Connectors and Cable Assemblies ACES Connectors offers a range of USB Type-C Connectors with data, power,Read More

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Connector basics
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Four Key Areas Where Wearable Technologies ar...

Miniature interconnects combined with sensors and antennas give designers powerful new means of integrating Internet of Things into flexible new forms.  Tiny wearable technologies are becoming huge. The incredible miniaturization of electronic components, combined withRead More

waterproof connectors
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Waterproof Connectors Can Survive a Splash or...

The market for waterproof connectors is large and growing, driven by undersea exploration and data transmission, as well as by the demand for connectivity in harsh environments. If it everRead More

5G cellular technology
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The Evolution of Cellular Communication Techn...

In the past two decades, we’ve not only cut the cord between our phones and the wall, but we have gained the ability to stream video, play games, and accessRead More

Burn-in testing
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Burn-In Testing 101: Testing Electronic Compo...

This rigorous testing process helps ensure that connectors are durable enough to withstand temperature extremes, use cycles, and other operating conditions. Designers need to know that the components they specifyRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Top 12 Trends for Universal Serial Bus Connec...

This second article in the new Technology Trends Series by Bob Hult examines the trends and technologies that have shaped USB connectors over the past 20 years. The last 20Read More

AV Broadcast
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Broadcast Connectors and Cables Bring Viewers...

Audiovisual equipment is integrating with increasingly sophisticated signal equipment to support 8K video and even machine learning. Things have changed dramatically since the days when long delays and grainy imagesRead More

Connector basics
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Five Things to Consider When Specifying Metal...

Contact materials can make a critical difference in the integrity, reliability, and durability of connectors. But not every application requires the highest-quality option. By Steve Smashey, President, and Mike Conte,Read More

Facts & Figures
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Significant Electronic Technology Trends Over...

The arrival of new, category-defining products and technologies has significantly impacted the connector industry in recent decades. We take a look at the evolution of these electronic technology trends. WeRead More

CES 2020
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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

Connector basics
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Designing with Waterproof USB Type-C Connecto...

As small consumer electronic devices infiltrate every aspect of our lives, they endure lots of rough handling and occasional accidents. The connectors that empower these systems must protect functionality andRead More

Standards
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Global Harmonization of the Appliance Coupler...

As the electronics industry continues to take steps towards global harmonization, the US and Canada will adopt the IEC 60320 standard for device plugs with minor deviations. This has significantRead More

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The Evolution of Connected Home Technologies

The IoT is transforming consumers’ homes into hubs of hands-free functionality. The next phase of connected home development will bring artificial intelligence and data-gathering systems into household routines. The ideaRead More

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Standards>

Video Displays Take a Great Leap Forward With...

The latest DisplayPort connector standard will deliver the higher performance needed for immersive gaming, content streaming, and digital displays, as well as higher resolution and high dynamic range capability. HomeRead More

Connector basics
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Building a Better Device Connector Using Cust...

Industry-standard connectors don’t always get the job done. A very public failure of a proven connector spurred a team of designers to engineer a flexible and dependable new solution usingRead More

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Top Hardware Reveals at E3 2019

The top hardware announcements from E3 2019, the world’s biggest annual gaming show, rely on tiny connectors — but edge computing and data centers are the future of gaming. InRead More

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Talk to Your House: The Roadmap for the Smart...

Home automation technology begins with the human voice and extends to the Internet of Things (IoT) thanks to smaller, faster, smarter connectivity products. In the past few years, certain slow-to-evolveRead More

Connector basics
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Seven Design Tips for Smart Appliances

Smart appliances create new challenges for device designers, who must integrate additional components and manage power, data transfer, size, and heat considerations in compact, unobtrusive packages that satisfy consumer demands.Read More

Cable Basics
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Fiber Optic Cable Unleashes a New Breed of Br...

As video traffic increases and image quality improves, the quality of the cable used to transmit and receive the broadcast has never been more important. Fiber optic cable is gettingRead More

Connector basics
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Waterproof Connectors for Portable Devices

Product designers have to account for the real possibility that a small consumer device will get splashed on or dropped into the drink. The right waterproof connector can save theRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Premium Audio Connectors and Cables are the F...

Precision audio connectors and premium cables provide music aficionados with high-fidelity sound. With over 16.8 million vinyl records sold in 2018, hi-fi audiophile systems are no longer considered a relicRead More

Connector basics
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Lightweight Connector Innovations Enable Info...

Consumers are now accustomed to instant, high-quality sound and image technology everywhere they go. For airlines, lightweight connector innovations make it possible to provide entertainment while keeping size and weightRead More

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Low-Powered, Battery-Free Cell Phones Could C...

The possibility of battery-free cell phones poses an existential threat to connector makers — or a new challenge. By Neil Shurtz Ask anyone what the biggest flaw is with theirRead More

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Cable Connector Seals May Determine the Life ...

Water is the enemy of electronics. Yet equipment ranging from our pocket-dwelling consumer devices to complex military gear has the potential for exposure to moisture. Good seals on cables andRead More

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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 secondRead More

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Battery Connectors Evolve to Stay in Charge

Smaller, more powerful handheld, portable, and wearable devices depend on a new generation of battery connectors. By Jean Thimany While many commercial off-the-shelf battery connectors remain unchanged even after manyRead More

Connector basics
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Selecting the Ideal Spring-Loaded Connector f...

Our portable devices would not be possible without proven connector technologies that facilitate miniaturization and connectivity. By Stephen Capitelli, Manager of Product Engineering, Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. Today’s electronics designers areRead More

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The Maker Movement Encourages Tech Tinkerers ...

As growing numbers of hobbyists and makers tinker with today’s technology, more electronics companies are meeting their makers. By Amy Goetzman Technology is everywhere. The Internet of Things (IoT) isRead More

Connector basics
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How to Create a Durable Low-Force Crimp Conta...

Products ranging from appliances to vehicles feature crimp contact plug connectors that are hard to access and easy to damage. In the event of a repair, a more durable connectorRead More

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Connector Industry Supports Future Engineers ...

Students are introduced to connectors as they build and design competition robots. The electronics industry is always looking for the next great innovation. But we also need to look forRead More

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Sensors Make Sense Beyond IoT Applications

Synergy between advanced sensors as well as related connectors and cable assemblies is opening new avenues of growth and profit for the interconnect industry. Electronic sensors are popping up everywhere,Read More

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Virtual Reality Isn’t Better than the Real ...

Companies are working on new cable designs that will help move this promising technology beyond gaming and into the real world. Virtual reality (VR) is one of the fastest-growing segmentsRead More

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The Implications of Adopting eSIM Technology

As the Internet of Things expands to link phones, appliances, security systems, and vehicles, manufacturers are looking to one SIM card that can talk to them all. By David Luu,Read More

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Gaming Connectors Evolve (Even When Gaming Pr...

Smaller connector designs pushed by the cellphone world find a new home in portable and scaled-down gaming devices. Gaming Connectors Evolve For decades, young people have had their first exposureRead More

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Right to Repair Legislation Moves from Automo...

Consumers and businesses want to be able to repair the products they have invested in. Industry says no. If you are an engineer and your phone — or toaster, TV,Read More

Cable Basics
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A Custom Solution for Tight Spaces – Mi...

Shielded micro- and nano-sized cables save space and weight in portable electronics. By Bob Stanton, Omnetics Connector Corporation Design teams are constantly demanding higher density connections to increase the functionalityRead More

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