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 to three of the connector companies that are innovating components for the transportation market. They share insights on what’s coming next for this exciting and rapidly Read More >>
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This is one of the largest categories of connector types and is characterized as having termination areas designed for solder of press-fit connections to a printed circuit board. There are 2 primary categories of PCB connectors; board-to-board and wire-to-board. Both of these categories improve manufacturability by allowing equipment to be manufactured in small sub-systems, that later are plugged together. The use of these sub-systems also allows for design flexibility (meeting of customer specific requirements) and easier repair and upgrade of a system in the future. The most common PCB connector types include one-piece card edge; PCI Express, Micro TCA, and VRM connectors and two-piece board-to-board; FFC/FPC, stacking connectors, wire-to-board, DIN41612, PCMCIA, M55302, memory/adapter card sockets, backplane and mezzanine connectors, as well as square/round post headers and receptacles.
This class of interconnects feature through-hole solder tails designed for wave solder processing, surface mount tails for reflow soldering, or compliant pins designed to provide pressure termination to the walls of a plated-through hole. Connectors may also include specific “hold down” mechanisms designed to insure mechanical attachment to the board prior to soldering as well as features that insure drainage of cleaning fluids. All plastic materials, especially those used in surface mounted connectors must be capable of withstanding higher temperatures encountered during the soldering process. Although the mating contacts may feature a variety of plating metallurgies, nearly all PCB connectors utilize pure tin plated solder or compliant pins to satisfy RoHS environmental mandates.
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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 >>
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 >>
Summary coverage of the latest, new-to-market connector and cable products. New Product News: September 2018 Part I 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 Read More >>
Cabled interconnects could help system designers configure their architectures to achieve greater flexibility, performance, and cost savings. By Lucas Benson, Senior Business Development Manager and Manager of Global Product Management, TE Connectivity Global data consumption is driving faster silicon I/O speeds, from PCIe Gen 3 (8Gb/s) and Gen 4 (16Gb/s) to PCIe Gen 5 (32Gb/s). Similarly, Ethernet I/O speeds Read More >>
This week’s product roundup highlights small, lightweight, and powerful connector solutions from leading suppliers. SWaP-Optimized Connector Products Fischer Connectors’ UltiMate™ Series connectors and cable assemblies are rugged, compact, lightweight, hermetically sealed, and sealed to IP68/IP69 even when unmated, providing high-reliability solutions for a wide variety of applications with severe environmental, industrial, chemical, and blind-mating conditions. Read More >>
Summary coverage of the latest, new-to-market connector and cable products. New Product News: August 2018 Interconnects, etc. AVX Corporation developed a cost-effective, ultra-high-reliability, three-piece STRIPT™ contact system for linear LED and coplanar PCB connections in off-road vehicle lighting applications. Designed to absorb broad end-to-end mating tolerances, handle up to 20A of continuous current, and exhibit Read More >>
This week’s product roundup highlights vibration-resistant connector solutions from leading suppliers. Vibration-Resistant Connector Products AirBorn’s RZ® Series Connectors provide users with a reliable, single-piece, surface-mount contact system that is ideal for use in high-density, high-vibration board-to-board and flex-circuit-stacking applications. Designed to meet strict performance and reliability requirements, the series has a patented z-axis contact system Read More >>
This week’s product roundup highlights blind mating connector solutions from leading suppliers. Blind Mating Connector Products Advanced Interconnections’ B2B® SMT Connectors with solder ball terminals allow users to reliably define stack heights between two PCBs and are designed for robust handling in long-life applications including telecom switches, servers, processors, medical equipment, and military, aerospace, and Read More >>
This week’s product roundup highlights automotive connector and cable solutions from leading suppliers. Automotive Connector and Cable Products The universal ODU TURNTAC contact system from ODU features robust contact technology designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions and heavy use and enable the stable, reliable, efficient, and economical transmission of high currents in eMobility charging and Read More >>