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powersport vechicles
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New technology

E-Mobility Expands in Recreational Vehicles

Electric drivetrains are moving into more off-road categories of recreational vehicles. Snowmobiles, personal watercraft, ATVs, and other powersport vehicles are actively adopting connectivity solutions used in motorcycle, e-bike, and automotiveRead More

Phoenix M12 connector for heavy equipment
Connector basics
Connector basics

New Technologies Force Heavy Equipment OEMs t...

As new technologies are introduced in transportation, agriculture, and heavy equipment markets, traditional connector choices are being challenged. Are M8 and M12 connectors still the right choice? By Mike Schreiner,Read More

magnetic connectors
Connector basics
Connector basics

Magnetic Connectors: The Latest in Hybrid Con...

Hybrid magnetic connectors provide the same power and signal capabilities as traditional connectors in a robust, self-aligning, zero-force, self-mating interface designed to address the needs of various e-mobility applications. HybridRead More

autonomous tractors
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New technology

Autonomous Tractors Take the Farmer Out of th...

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 toRead More

M12 and M8 connectors
Connector basics
Connector basics

M12 and M8 Connectors: The Perfect Choice for...

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 andRead More

2020 Mobility eBook
eBook
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 andRead 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
Market Update
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

rugged connectors
How to Specify
How to Specify

Eight Steps to Determine the Right Rugged Con...

Designing for harsh-environment connectivity elicits a number of challenges. This guide will help you ask the right questions to determine the proper rugged connectors for your demanding application. Rugged connectorsRead More

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automotive-qualified connectors
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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

POF cable
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Plastic Optical Fiber Connectors

This week’s Product Roundup highlights plastic optical fiber connectors from leading suppliers. Plastic optical fiber (POF) cables are made from light-conducting plastics, polymers, and acrylics, are typically used for short,Read More

DIN Rail terminal blocks
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DIN Rail Terminal Blocks Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights DIN rail mounted terminal blocks from leading suppliers. DIN Rail Terminal Blocks  Phoenix Contact’s DIN rail mount PTV terminal block range combines the timesaving advantagesRead More

ethernet connectors for mobile equipment
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Ethernet Connectors for Mobile Equipment Prod...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights Ethernet connectors and cable assemblies for mobile equipment extending from industrial automation systems and robotics to railways, airplanes, and off-highway vehicles. Ethernet Connectors for MobileRead More

overmolded cable assemblies
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Overmolded Cable Assemblies Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights overmolded cable assemblies from leading suppliers. Overmolded Cable Assemblies NorComp’s M5 Series overmolded cable assemblies are part of its VULCON range of compact circular connectorsRead More

Modular Rectangular Connectors
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Heavy-Duty Modular Rectangular Connectors

This week’s Product Roundup highlights heavy-duty industrial-, transportation-, and aviation-grade modular rectangular connectors from leading suppliers. Heavy-Duty Modular Rectangular Connectors Allied Electronics & Automation stocks HARTING’s Han-Modular Series connectors, whichRead More

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Cables and Cable Assemblies for Transportatio...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights cables and cable assemblies for transportation applications from leading suppliers. Cables and Cable Assemblies for Transportation Applications Power & Signal Group supplies COFICAB cables forRead More

Product Roundup
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Connectivity Solutions for Intelligent Traffi...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights connectivity solutions for intelligent traffic control systems from leading suppliers. Connectivity Solutions for Intelligent Traffic Control Systems METZ CONNECT offers a range of M12 X-codedRead More

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Filtered Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights filtered connectors from leading suppliers. Filtered connectors provide benefits including improved electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and pulses (EMP), and easy systemRead More

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Rail Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights connectors engineered to meet the stringent specifications and reliably withstand the various hazards of railway industry applications. As such, many of the rail connectors collectedRead More

Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Ex- and ATEX-Approved Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights Ex- and ATEX-approved explosion-proof connector products for harsh-environment, hazardous-atmosphere applications including industrial, marine, oil and gas, and alternative energy equipment. Ex- and ATEX-Approved Connectors  PhoenixRead More

Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Bayonet-Coupling Circular Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights bayonet-coupling circular connectors from leading suppliers, many of which are ideally suited for use in industrial, military, aerospace, and transportation applications. Bayonet-Coupling Circular Connector ProductsRead More

circular push-pull connector
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Circular Push-Pull Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights circular push-pull connector products from leading suppliers. Top application areas include the industrial, medical, military and aerospace, transportation, sensor and antenna, and wire and cableRead More

high-temperature connector products
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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

wire and cable accessories
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Product Roundup>

Wire and Cable Accessories

This week’s Product Roundup highlights wire and cable accessories from leading suppliers, including cable clamps, identification sleeves, marking systems, conduit, tubing, and backshells. Wire and Cable Accessories  Würth Elektronik’s newRead More

Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Wire-to-Wire Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup features wire-to-wire connector products from industry-leading suppliers for applications including industrial and transportation equipment. Wire-to-Wire Connector Products  JAE’s MX19 Series compact, waterproof, cable-to-cable relay connectors areRead More

Fiber optic connectors
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Fiber Optic Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights fiber optic connectivity solutions from leading connector suppliers. Fiber Optic Connector Products Weidmuller’s line of RoHS-compliant preassembled fiber optic patch cables for high-speed applications includingRead More

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Connector basics
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High-Tech e-Bikes Become the Perfect Alternat...

Innovations from the electric vehicle world, like refined battery systems, sensor-rich technologies, and data gathering capabilities, have helped electric bicycle sales boom in 2020. Electric bicycle manufacturers expected 2020 toRead More

transportation
Market Update
Market Update>

Four Key Trends Guide the Future of Transport...

TTI predicts that safety, automation, connectivity, and electrification will increase demand in electronic content across all modes of transportation. If the connector industry has a crystal ball, it’s probably housedRead More

commercial trucking
Connector basics
Connector basics>

Designing Durable Connectors for Commercial T...

Heavy-duty trucks log long miles on rough roads in all conditions to bring essential goods and materials to businesses and consumers. The connectors these vehicles depend on must be exceptionallyRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Three Trends Point to the Convergence of Indu...

Electrification, automation, and connectivity across systems and command centers are changing the types of connectors that are used in many transportation vehicles.  By Aditya Sharma, Business Development Manager, North America,Read More

eBook
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2020 Harsh-Environment Connectivity eBook

Our new 2020 Harsh-Environment Connectivity eBook features 16 technical, tutorial articles by leading interconnect authorities that address new challenges for electronics exposed to extreme environments, new connectivity technologies developed toRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Three Key Considerations When Selecting EMI/R...

Proper shielding is necessary to protect mission-critical systems and components from interference in increasingly busy electronics environments.  By Lesa Smith, Marketing Communications Manager, and Neil Mahaffy, Senior Product Engineer, ITTRead More

Transportation market connectors
Facts & Figures
Facts & Figures>

How Key Trends in the Transportation Market W...

Safety, efficiency, and environmental impact are three key trends driving the selection of electronic components and systems deployed in new transportation industry applications. The non-automotive transportation market includes most vehiclesRead More

Rail industry connectors
Connector basics
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Quality Connectors Boost Rail Industry Depend...

Rail industry demands are increasing around the world. As modern train systems increase passenger comforts, supply chain visibility, and smart infrastructure connectivity, quality components become more critical. If the USRead More

Plastic Metal Connectors
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Plastic and Metal Connectors for Harsh-Enviro...

Metal connectors can endure the very roughest conditions. Plastic connectors offer exceptional resistance against moisture. Each material has advantages and disadvantages that make it important to select the right oneRead More

high voltage and electric powertrains
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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

Industry News
Industry News>

Strategic Acquisitions Continued in the Conne...

Connector-adjacent technologies were the key focus of many 2019 acquisitions as companies expanded to a whole-ecosystem approach. Once again, Amphenol led the industry in acquisitions, completing more acquisitions than anyRead More

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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

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Selecting Printed Circuit Board Connectors fo...

PCBs in transportation, military, and aerospace applications encounter environmental variables such as shock, vibration, temperature, and humidity. Selecting printed circuit board connectors and adjacent components that can endure these roughRead More

Standards
Standards>

The COM-HPC Embedded Standard Will Facilitate...

To handle compute-intensive applications and edge-computing systems, a revised Computer on Module (COM) standard is required. At electronica 2018, Samtec and congatec introduced the concept of a new Computer onRead More

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New technology>

Electronics are Helping to Solve the Pilot Sh...

Advanced aviation-specific components for commercial and military aircraft are producing increasingly powerful and connected hardware that can help keep aviation technology accessible to pilots. Today, there is a critical problemRead More

commercial aircraft
Connector basics
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Connectors Fly High on Commercial Aircraft

Thousands of new commercial aircraft are currently in production. They will contain lightweight, powerful, high-speed electronics systems that will enable connectivity on a level the skies have never seen. CommercialRead More

trucking
New technology
New technology>

Short- and Long-Haul Trucking: Driving Toward...

Trucking is getting greener as sensor-based technologies make diesel engines more efficient and lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen fuel cells offer an alternative to petroleum. Trucking is vital to the wayRead More

rail
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New technology>

Five Ways the Industrial Internet of Things i...

Connected technologies are making cargo and passenger rail transport more efficient, transparent, and secure. Dramatic changes are occurring in rail travel and transport as connected technologies come into use forRead More

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Increased In-Flight Connectivity Drives Deman...

Air travelers and crew increasingly rely on in-flight connectivity. An expanding array of advanced products and design strategies gives airlines options for how to deliver both in-flight entertainment and criticalRead More

Connector basics
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The Differences Between MIL-DTL-38999 Series ...

These circular connectors were originally designed to meet requirements for cable-to-panel applications in the military and aerospace market. Now they are used across a wide range of industries that benefitRead More

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2019 Paris Air Show: The Future of Aircraft i...

The 2019 Paris Air Show heralded the next era of aircraft evolution as electronics take a leading role in navigation, control, power management, and comfort. Humanity has reached new highsRead More

Cable Basics
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Proper Cable Protection Supports Secure Conne...

Rail industry electronics must perform under extremely harsh conditions. A rigorous set of tests and standards helps protect connectors and cables and the power and data they deliver to modernRead More

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Electric Motorcycles Rev Up International Int...

As electric car technology advances, personal transportation modes are adopting those electronics systems and innovating their own unique wiring and charging strategies. We look at the progress made and whatRead More

Connector basics
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How to Specify Rail-Industry Ethernet Network...

Data demands are exceeding what legacy technology can handle. See why more train manufacturers and system integrators are moving towards rail-industry Ethernet. The rail industry’s accelerating demand for higher bandwidthRead More

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Heavy-Duty Connectors for Heavy-Duty Trucks

Businesses are buying more heavy-duty trucks to accommodate changing consumption patterns and interconnect suppliers are designing hardier and more functional heavy-duty connectors to help these trucks endure the rigors ofRead More

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Connector Solutions for HEV/EV Charging Syste...

HEV/EV charging system technology presents some of the most dynamic engineering challenges in the current global market. The ongoing quest for greater vehicle range and shorter battery recharging times presentRead More

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The Frustration of Archaic Traffic Control Sy...

Emerging traffic management equipment represents a bright new market for advanced sensors and many types of related connectors. I like to consider myself reasonably adjusted to the challenges of livingRead More

Cable Basics
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Ethernet Cable for the Internet of Things

Ethernet is the leading network protocol in LAN applications. Today, it’s gaining ground in transportation, automotive, and industrial applications, thanks to new cabling strategies. In the early 1980s, at theRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Industrial Wireless Enhances the Rail Experie...

As rail operators encourage more people to consider public transportation, new connectivity technology is enhancing the customer experience.   From personal internet access via smartphones to instant onboard entertainment optionsRead More

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New technology>

New Season, New Car for Formula E Racing

The new Gen2 Formula E race car shows off the rapid speed of technological advancement in electric vehicles. The fifth season of Formula E racing is off to a boldRead More

New technology
New technology>

Designers Innovate in Response to Global Inte...

The phrase “to soft pedal” may have to be reviewed as e-bikes experience encouraging growth. Connector developers are helping e-bike designers make these next-gen two-wheelers lightweight, rugged, and reliable. ByRead More

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Transportation Connectors Go the Extra Mile

A roundtable discussion with ITT Cannon, TE Connectivity, and AVX Interconnect about connectors and cabling in cross-market, automotive, off-highway and agricultural vehicle, rail, and commercial aviation markets. We talk toRead More

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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 raceRead More

Connector basics
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Four Qualities to Look for When ​Selecting ...

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 toRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Marine Market Sails Upward: Market for Connec...

The myriad electronic systems used to equip modern luxury yachts require a number of connectors, often with a demand for customization. By Terry Costlow Anywhere there’s water, there are boats.Read More

Standards
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It’s Time to Get Ready for New ADS-B Standa...

US-based aircraft have a new equipment mandate to improve surveillance and communications. The deadline is fast approaching, but operators have numerous options to get compliant. By Alice Tanghe New ADS-BRead More

Community
Community>

Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Reaches Ne...

Modern designs and greater connectivity are advancing sales as the RV market reaches new audiences with millennial and Chinese buyers. By Kevin Russelburg, Director of Non-Automotive Transportation, Bishop & AssociatesRead More

New technology
New technology>

Moving Railway Communication Forward with Tim...

New technology allows multiple types of data to move along the same path without any sacrifices on either end, ultimately increasing capacity and achieving cost savings. By Richard Weatherburn, GlobalRead More

New technology
New technology>

New Truck Rollouts Make Room for More Connect...

Recent introductions in the work truck market highlight the ongoing rise in electronic features and functions. By Terry Costlow The role of electronic technologies continues to grow in the commercialRead More

New technology
New technology>

A Safer, More Sustainable Future for Two-Whee...

New connector technologies help recreational vehicle markets achieve emissions targets. By Dan Cantrell, Industry Manager, Vehicle Components & Recreation, TE Connectivity Designers need to look carefully for the best interconnectRead More

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Formula E Racing Depends on Connectors for Hi...

All-electric vehicles scorch the raceway with the help of precision electronics. The electronics world finally has its own high-speed sport. Just don’t blink, or you’ll miss it. Formula E Racing,Read More

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Sowing Seeds of Change With Smart Connections...

Advanced Connectors Enable Smart Agriculture Presented by Bulgin Modern agriculture depends on advanced technologies. Leading electronics companies are providing new solutions to the agricultural sector that help make farming moreRead More

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Alternative-Energy Vehicles: Standards, Enabl...

Eric Liu, a chief engineer at JONHON, discusses standards, enabling technologies, and market predictions for alternative-energy vehicles in China and beyond. Eric Liu, Chief Engineer, JONHON  New Energy Vehicle StandardsRead More

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New technology>

Watercraft Innovations Parallel Automotive De...

More electronics in boats of all sizes means more opportunity for connector suppliers who can provide reliable, waterproof components. We can’t stop watching the evolution of the automotive technologies. TheRead More

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The Connected Flight: Designing High-Speed Ne...

High-speed networks for military and commercial aircraft must handle ever-increasing data volumes at ever-faster speeds. Ethernet protocols, efficient network designs, and thoughtfully specified, high-quality connectors and cabling can help. WesRead More

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Connectivity on the Go: Smarter Cities

The Smarter Cities initiative makes connectivity part of the transportation infrastructure. For car commuters, drive time is a period of lost productivity. For those who use mass transit, however, thoseRead More

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Long Haul Connectors

Trucking industry trends all point to a solid market for high-reliability connectors. Nearly every trend in commercial trucking is fueling increased demand for connectors. The move to hybrid and electricRead More

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