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Connector delivers durability

Posted: 10 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:itt industries? rf connector? mini rf series?

ITT Industries, Electronic Components has developed a switchable RF connector that combines miniaturization with durability and high performance. The MINI RF series is designed for test and accessory use in conjunction with a variety of telecommunications, consumer, automotive and industrial equipment.

Measuring 2.7-by-2.7-by-1.6mm, the new RF connector is suitable for small devices that require verification of antenna and circuit performance. The RF connector is also light, weighing 0.02 grams. It supports signal frequencies up to 6GHz and features 3 misalignment, allowing for angular misalignment when mating sections are engaged.

The new series is available in a Test Port version, used to test electronic circuitry (pre-transmitting element), and an Accessory Port version, which is used to test and redirect signals through an external transmitting element.

Featuring a high level of durability, the snap-on interface allows for 100 mating cycles. The Accessory Port version includes a cradle interface that exceeds 5,000 mating cycles, supported by ITT's patented "ball geometry" design, which is said to correct the misalignment issues that are present in other products.

The RF connector incorporates a split insulator design for a more robust interconnect. With the contacts sandwiched between two insulators, the connector design minimizes the risk of solder flux contamination of the switch, making it more robust than "stitched-in" contacts, for example, said the company. Beryllium copper contacts are used with insulators made of liquid crystal polymer. The shell is copper alloy (phosphorous bronze) with an additional layer of matte tin or gold-over-nickel for the Test Port or Accessories Port versions, respectively. These high performance engineered materials allow continuous operation at temperatures of -40C to 85C.

Pricing ranges from 14 cents to 20 cents, depending on quantity. Delivery is four to six weeks.

- Gina Roos

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