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Automotive connectors evolve to meet EV demands

Posted: 17 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:connector? pin-and-socket? industrial?

While initially adapted from industrial designs, the increasing complexity of automotive electronics has created demands for interconnects that vary greatly from the traditional pin-and-socket connectorsand can adapt to electric and hybrid vehicles. Consumer demands drive many trends in the dynamic automotive industry, whether it is cost, comfort, style, safety, reliability, functionality, or any number of other factors. These customer demands, combined with consistent technology advancements, performance enhancements, and the requirement for smaller, lighter systems and components, have shaped the evolution of the automotive connector.

Historically, many automotive connecters were developed based on industrial connector designs. The original industrial designs were developed to address many of the same environmental factors that are found in the automotive environment, including high temperatures, vibration, shock, and fluid exposure. Engineers adapted the industrial designs to meet automotive requirements; however, the increasing complexity of automotive electronicsparticularly control systems and sensorshas created demands for interconnect solutions that vary greatly from the traditional pin-and-socket connectorsand can adapt to electric and hybrid vehicles.

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