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Miniature cable connector suits high-reliability apps

Posted: 13 Nov 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cable connector? LED? automotive?

MiniBridge cable connectors

ERNI Electronics has released a single-row 1.27mm pitch MiniBridge cable to board connector system designed for high-current, high-reliability and space-saving products including demanding LED requirements.

Applications for compact and flexible board-to-cable connections are virtually limitless from multiple applications including sensor, actuator, power supply or data applications in automotive and industrial electronics, computer technology, consumer electronics or medical engineering. Despite the small dimensions, the miniature MiniBridge solution offers a current carrying capacity of up to 4A per contact (at 20C, depending on the cable). In addition to the previously introduced pin numbers of 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8, ERNI introduces 10- and 12-pin designs further expanding the range of applications.

The MiniBridge cable connectors can be used in an expanded temperature range extending from -55C to +125C. The male connectors have SMT terminals with SMT mechanical board anchors, while the female connectors are terminated via insulation displacement on the cable. Vertical and angled male connectors and female connectors with a 90 and 180 cable outlet open the door to a number of mating configurations. In addition, the female connectors are available with two different locking features; a friction lock for normal vibration/shock load of stationary applications (black connector design) or a positive lock for high vibration/shock loads of mobile applications (red connector design). On the more robust design (red), the locking system can only be released using a tool (small screwdriver).

The MiniBridge male connectors are available in tape-on-reel packaging and are suitable for assembly in lead-free reflow soldering processes (RoHS-compliant) via their LCP plastic housing material. The IDC female side is designed for conductors with AWG 26 (wire or strand) and is provided by ERNI as a finished assembly. Several cable options are available, including ribbon and discrete wire, as well as cable types including PVC, high temperature TPE-ET and Halogen Free TPE-O solutions. ERNI delivers completely pre-manufactured 100 percent-inspected cables around the world.

Pricing for the 10- and 12-pin MiniBridge cable connectors start at $1.30 per unit in volume.

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