The latest in connectors

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013: The new technological developments taking place in mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, have led to advancements in connector technology. The demand for connectors capable of operating in the harshest of working environments is growing significantly, which has also resulted in incremental performance improvements in connectors.
In this section, we feature the new launches in the connectors domain over the last seven months. However, companies like ABB and Vishay Intertechnology have not launched any new connectors in this period.

Model: Buccaneer 7000 series, Brand: Bulgin, Manufacturer: Elektron Technology plc, UK

Launched in August 2013, the Buccaneer 7000 series is designed to offer rapid and secure mains power connectivity in harsh environments.

Key features
Has a unique twist locking system with positive feedback, providing quick and convenient, ‘fit and forget’ connectivity in less than quarter of a turn, without the need for technical expertise or specialist tools
All metal body version; cast zinc alloy, nickel plated
2 to 32 poles—up to 25A, 277V rated
Flex, flex in-line and panel mount body styles,with sealing caps

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Contact details: Santhosh Srinivasan, national sales manager, Ph: +91 9740371100, [email protected], www.elektron-technology.com
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Model: BEC-05-230-59-PR-EDC, Brand: Yamaichi Electronics, Manufacturer: Yamaichi Electronics Deutschland GmbH, Germany
Launched in August 2013, the high-speed board edge connector (BEC) and optional power connector is suitable for automotive and other such demanding applications.

Key features
The side extensions of the insulation body not only fasten the SMT tabs but also have a threaded seam on both sides that offers the option for additional fastening of the module card. The module card can thus be screwed to the connector, using screws
The larger SMT tabs are used for the ground connection and for the SMT connection—along with the 230 contacts—to the motherboard
The connector is available with different levels of plating

Contact details: Ph:+49-0-89-451 090, [email protected], www.yamaichi.eu
India distributor: MiniATE Systems Pvt Ltd
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Model: 0.35mm BtBconnector, Brand: TE, Manufacturer: TE Connectivity, USA

Launched in July 2013, the 0.35mm fine pitch board-to-board connector is designed to support slimmer consumer electronic devices. It is a connector solution that increases design capabilities, reduces manufacturing costs and improves overall product performance. It features a narrow body width of 1.85mm, scalable height of 0.6mm to 1.0mm, solder pegs that can be cross-utilised as contacts to transfer signal or power and improves overall product stability and has dual contact mating points

Key features
A compact, narrow body width of 1.85 mm that saves space while enabling increased PCB space
Sufficient pick-and-place area for the use of a standard nozzle
Scalable height of 0.6 mm to 1.0 mm that allows for great design flexibility in product stack heights
Dual contact mating points to ensure improved electrical performance and reliable interconnection
A contact self-locking feature that provides a tactile feel when the plug and the receptacle are properly mated

Contact details: Prasanna B, manager, customer support, Ph: 080-28540800, [email protected], www.te.com
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Model: CCM03 series, Brand: C&K, Manufacturer: C&K Components, USA

Launched in July 2013, the CCM03-3511 series of smart card connectors provide an increased contact force to withstand shock and high vibration, while the CCM03-3512 features extended soldering pads to withstand a second reflow, upside down.

Key features
Compatible with SIM/SAM cards, these harsh environment connectors meet IEC 512 certification and are resistant to shock, vibration, humidity, and extreme temperatures

With a vibration frequency rating of 10 Hz to 500 Hz, a mechanical life of up to 50,000 cycles in fixed cover configurations, and 10,000 cycles for hinged cover variants, these connectors are ideal for M2M applications.

Available in either six or eight contact variations, hinged or fixed cover designs, as well as pick-and-place and lead-free SMT soldering compatibility.

The connectors have a spoon design that maximises contact area, increasing its reliability and performance

Contact details: Ph: +617-9693700, www.ck-components.com
India distributors: Future Electronics and Josts Engineering
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Model: MX150, Brand: Molex, Manufacturer: Molex Incorporated, USA

Launched in July 2013, the MX150 unsealed connector system is suitable for direct connect or in-line mid-power body electronics applications of the automotive industry, where space is limited, such as in interior lighting, consoles, vanity mirrors, seats and door locks.

Key features
The hinged terminal positioning assurance (TPA) device, which is moulded as part of the housing, allows simple terminal insertion and secure terminal seating
An enlarged push surface helps improve ergonomics, allowing for convenient, USCAR-25 compliant mating and unmating
Offers high mating performance for mid-power (14 to 22 AWG) applications by using an integral locking latch. The reinforced front-beam terminal design provides a high contact normal force while minimising the insertion force

Contact details: SA Mohan, sales director (India), Ph: 91-9341451320, [email protected], www.molex.com
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Model: Har-flexicon, Brand: Harting, Manufacturer: Harting Technology Group, Germany

Launched in June 2013, the Har-flexicon series consists of SMD PCB terminals and connectors with 2.54mm spacing, which are suitable for single strand wiring in measurement, control and feedback technology.

Key features
These connectors are suitable for the flexible and pluggable connection of single wires onto a printed circuit board. The product range contains solutions for horizontal or vertical plug-in directions to the PCB
For the connection of single wires (wire-to-board), the female connector is available with different connection technologies, e.g., screw connections, spring-cage-connections and IDC connections
SMT/SMC reflow solderable headers (male connectors) are available for automated assembly and soldering processes

Contact details: Shalabh Bharadwaj, regional sales manager,
Ph: +91 (44) 43560415, [email protected], www.harting,com

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Brand: API, Manufacturer: API Technologies Corporation, USA

Launched in March 2013, these hermetically-sealed circular connectors are for aerospace applications with high differential pressure. These connectors, from API’s Spectrum Control line of products, meet MIL-DTL-38999 fine leak requirements and are ideal for aerospace engine control, or the harsh conditions of hydraulic and caustic environments.

Key features
The connector’s receptacle has a seal of 10-7 cm3, and comes in filtered and unfiltered variants
It can be utilised in any application where unfiltered custom mechanical variations or filtering are required with a rugged seal

Contact details: Ph: 8552943800, [email protected], www.apitech.com
India distributor: Richardson RFPD
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Model: PTSPL 6, Brand: Phoenix Contact, Manufacturer: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co, Germany

Launched in March 2013, the PTSPL 6 PCB terminal block is the first high current connector without insulating body, claims the company. This cost-effective innovative product solution is rated for 41A and 1000V applications. It is available in 2.1mm pin and 2.9mm pin lengths.

Key features
Innovative tool-less spring-cage connection technology
Variable distances on the PCB for various voltage levels
PCB terminal blocks without insulating body suitable for the THR soldering process
Solutions are available up to 1000 volts, 41 amps and for 2.5 to 6sq mm wire cross-section

Contact details: Pranshu Mishra, product specialist, Ph: +91-8588816210, [email protected], www.phoenixcontact.co.in
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Model: Rotaconnect, Brand: FCI, Manufacturer: FCI OEN Connectors Ltd, India

Launched in March 2013, this is a hermaphroditic board-to-board connector that can be rotated to any angle between +90°and -60º. The connector is ideal for control boards, sensors, actuators, rigid LED strips and automotive electronics.

Key features
Rotaconnect is a dual-beam spring contact design, in which the housing protects the pins and prevents mis-mating
Featuring a 3.00mm pitch, these high power board-to-board connectors are available in positions ranging from 2 up to 14 (increments of 2)
Rated at 5 A with an operating voltage of 125V AC and a temperature range of -40°C up to +125°C

Contact details: Deepak Kuriyan, DGM, marketing, Ph: +91-484-4090812, [email protected], www.fci.com

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Models: The AVX 9175 and 9176 series, Brand: AVX, Manufacturer: AVX Corporation, USA

Launched in January 2013, the 9175 and 9176 insulation displacement connector series have been redesigned to simplify and reduce the cost of the wire termination processes used for connecting discrete wire components to a PCB. It also bring power and signals onto a PCB.

Key features
A simplified, one-piece design that enables users to insert discrete wires into the cap without stripping them first, and to simply press the cap down to provide a secure gas-tight termination

Features a plastic cap that retains the contact in position prior to automatic placement and then acts as the assembly tool to terminate the wires, negating the need for special tooling, soldering or crimping

Rated for use in temperatures ranging from -40°C to +125°C. Both series also feature a durability of three cycles
The 9175 IDC series features a current rating of 1A per contact, a voltage rating of 150V AC, and is designed to terminate 26-28AWG wires. The 9176 series features a current rating of 10A per contact, a voltage rating of 300V AC, and is designed to terminate 18-24 AWG wires

Contact details: AVX/Kyocera (S) Pte Ltd, Ph: +91-80-64500715
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Electronics Bazaar, South Asia’s No.1 Electronics B2B magazine

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