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Press-Fit Connectors in Harsh Automotive Applications

Press-fit connector technology provides highly reliable, cost-effective connections for harsh automotive applications, according to AVX’s Tom Anderson.     As the electronic content in today’s automobiles continues to increase in complexity, spurred by the frenetic pace of technological advancements, so does the need for innovative interconnect solutions for printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electronic module assembly Read More >>

Automotive Meets IoT in the Connected Car

With pervasive connectivity, powerful features emerge that change the entire automotive ecosystem in the connected car. In recent years, in-car systems have been supplemented by basic Internet connectivity, allowing drivers and passengers to remain “plugged in” to the business and social networks they take for granted when at home or in the office. But what Read More >>

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Connector Trends for Infotainment and Driver-Assist Applications

Traditional wiring approaches for automotive electronics can be unwieldy, driving up vehicle weight, costs, and complexity, without commensurately driving up value. Molex explains the five levels of interconnect technology advancement in the era of digital cars.   Electronics make nearly every vehicle feature a reality. Popular automotive infotainment, integrated smart phone connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation, and driver-assist applications are pushing Read More >>

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How to Specify Aluminum Wire for Automotive Applications

Restrictive connector terminal solutions can be an issue when specifying aluminum wires for automotive applications.   In light of time-to-market issues in the automotive industry, aluminum is the best option for reducing the weight of the electrical distribution system and harnesses. Aluminum has been used in battery and power applications in premium cars for some time. Read More >>

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Gaining Net Value to the Automotive Supply Chain

While secondary sourcing can be a viable option to mitigate supply chain interruptions, many connectors for today’s automobiles are so specialized that finding a second source can mean a whole new set of challenges. The “supply chain” is the process by which a company creates and distributes its products and services to the end users. The execution begins when Read More >>

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Heavy-Duty Terminals for Automotive Applications

Electric terminal manufacturers utilize a good portion of their engineering resources to develop new products or improve existing terminals for the automotive industry. Sam Francois of ETCO examines the keys to choosing heavy-duty terminals for automotive applications.   Problems within a vehicle’s electrical system have long plagued the automotive industry. One of the most common areas for Read More >>

Hirose's GT8E Series for Automotive

Hirose’s GT8E Series for Automotive

Hirose’s GT8E Series for automotive offers a high pin count in a small footprint. Hirose announced the GT8E Series, a compact internal wire-to-board or wire-to-wire interface connector that can handle demanding automotive conditions. The GT8E Series connector features a 2.0mm pitch, providing a high pin count in a small footprint. Designed for internal use in ECUs, inverters, and battery Read More >>

The Impact of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles on Powertrain Connectors

For the new electric and hybrid vehicles, powertrain controls and connectors require the complete functionality of a conventional vehicle, plus the components required to drive the electric motor and charge the Lithium-ion battery pack.  Worldwide production of electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) reached two million units in 2014, nearly doubling since 2011 and Read More >>

How to Specify Rectangular Connectors for Automotive Applications

Rectangular connectors are commonly used in automotive applications, but the industry has unique requirements. Phoenix Contact offers tips on how to specify rectangular connectors for automotive applications. Rectangular connectors have long been used in industries where a harsh environment is standard operating procedure. These connectors need to meet a variety of specifications, including a high Ingress Read More >>

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Five Things to Know About Precise Contacts for the Automotive Industry

Component requirements for the automotive market are demanding, diverse, and forward-looking. ODU shares five things to know about precise contacts for the automotive industry. The reliable transfer of power, signals, data, and media are achieved with interconnects across a wide range of demanding applications and markets. The requirements for the automotive industry, for example, are both diverse and Read More >>

TE MCON 8 Contact System

TE MCON 8 Contact System

TE MCON 8 contact system expands the MCON family of products for automotive applications. TE Connectivity expanded its MCON family with the MCON 8 contact system. The MCON 8 contact system meets existing cavity and interface specifications for the automotive industry, such as those required for cooling fan applications. To withstand harsh environments, TE added innovative design features like overstress Read More >>