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ERNI adds more options to MiniBridge connectors

Posted: 21 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ERNI? MiniBridge? connectors? SMT? IDC?

ERNI has expanded its single-row cable connector system with a pitch of 1.27mm. Originally launched in a 4-pin version, additional variants are also available with 2, 3, 6 and 8 poles.

Designed for board-to-cable connections, the MiniBridge connectors are suitable for sensor, actuator, power supply and data applications in the fields of automotive and industrial electronics, computer technology, consumer electronics and medical devices.

The miniature cable connector components offer a high current-carrying capacity of up to 4A at 20C, depending on the cable. At 70C the current-carrying capacity is 3A, and at 100C the capacity is 2A. The wide operating temperature range of -55C to 125C provides an additional advantage in making the connector suitable for demanding applications. The availability of straight or angled male connectors, and female connectors where the cables are fed out at 90 or 180, enable this connector system to overcome virtually any spatial restrictions, said the company.

The male connectors have SMT terminations, and the female connectors use insulation displacement connector (IDC) terminations. In addition, female connectors are available with different types of locking latches to address normal vibration/shock loads (black model type), and applications involving heavy vibration/shock loads (red model type). The robust version, or red model type, requires a tool to open the lock.

This interconnect system incorporates performance features of the 2-row SMC family, and is designed for automatic pick and place equipment, or processing on SMT process lines. For SMT processing, the MiniBridge male connectors are available on tape-and-reel packaging. With their heat-resistant plastic housing, MiniBridge connectors are suitable for processing with Pb-free reflow soldering and are RoHS compliant.

The female connectors are equipped with cable guiding that ensures easy and fast attachment of a ribbon cable with a pitch of 1.27mm, or of a single conductor. The IDC terminal is configured for 26 AWG conductors (solid or stranded). Partial loading is also possible.

- Gina Roos

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