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Power connector saves PCB space

Posted: 02 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Tyco? MINIPAK? DualBlade? power connector?

Tyco Electronics' MINIPAK family of board-to-board power connectors now includes a stacked MINIPAK connector with customized insulator options and a DualBlade contact design to reduce connector length and save PCB real estate for telecommunications and computer applications including routers, servers, mini and supercomputers, UPS, and hot swap and N+1 power distribution.

Available in 7.5-, 6- or 4.5mm configurations, the stacked MINIPAK power connectors use ELCON high-performance CROWN BAND power contact technology for high electrical performance by maximizing points of contact and minimizing contact resistance, said the company. The power connectors also feature insulation displacement contact ribbon cabling, which shifts signal interconnects to the upper portion of the connector to customize the insulator and reduce connector length.

In addition, the DualBlade contacts also shorten the connector length by dividing the same level of power between the two separate blade sides contained within the space typically used by one full power blade, according to the company. This feature is said to be particularly useful when separate current feeds and returns are desired for each differing voltage.

"The stacked MINIPAK connector provides high-density, high-current and high-performance power solutions by reducing connector length through insulator and blade design to pack high power levels in such minimal spacing," said David Beck, Tyco's product manager.

The stacked MINIPAK power connectors mount to the board either by solder or compliant press-fit tails. Solder tails are available in two lengths to support a variety of board thicknesses. The connectors are designed with blind mating features directly in the connector housing. The pin housings are fully shrouded and the socket contacts are recessed to protect all power contacts. All MINIPAK power connectors meet UL (USR and CNR) safety regulatory requirements.

The stacked MINIPAK connectors are priced at $15.25 per mated pair. Delivery is 12 weeks.

- Gina Roos
eeProductCenter




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