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Ground-shield connectors suit RF-based portable devices

Posted: 19 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Tyco Electronic? STAX? ground-shield connectors?

Tyco Electronic has released its STAX ground-shield connectors for connecting ground, power or EMI/RFI shielding in small, portable devices. The STAX ground-shield connector is the first surface-mountable elastomeric connector to use the company's STAX LD elastomeric connector technology.

The STAX ground-shield connector line is said to provide a simple solution to accommodate the market needs of mobile phones and RF-based portable devices, where providing the necessary shielding to address common Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) concerns have been a big challenge. With a STAX ground-shield connector, designers are no longer forced to manage last minute tooling and shield finger modifications after the analysis of SARs levels at the final design stage, said the company.

The STAX ground-shield connectors also eliminate the necessity of multiple footprint patterns and differing height-clearance part numbers. All STAX ground-shield connector variants use the same base and board footprint.

Another benefit of the ground-shield connectors is that they are easily sized to height. Custom versions are available to optimize the height for more specific board-to-shield spacings, said the company. They also conform to the typical shielding surface curvature of stylized portable RF devices, and unlike conventional metal shield fingers, the STAX connectors are said to provide a solid footprint against non-planar shielding surfaces.

Pricing is 10 cents in quantities of 10,000. Delivery is two to three weeks.

- Gina Roos

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