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Micro connector supports gigabit Ethernet speeds

Posted: 23 Dec 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:connector? Ethernet? signal integrity?

Molex has released the IP68-rated Brad Micro-Change M12 Cat 6 connector that supports gigabit Ethernet speeds and designed for secure electrical connections in harsh or hostile conditions.

The two shielding crosses inside the cable connector and receptacle overlap when mated, this prevents system noise from interfering with the signal integrity.

The connector's four-pair mating interface is standardized to IEC 61076-2-10x, with ODVA (Open DeviceNet Vendor Association) certification pending.

Each individual conductor pair is cross-shielded throughout the connector for superior signal integrity compared to conventional RJ-45 Cat 6 systems.

For rugged applications and high-vibration environments, the Molex M12 Cat 6 features two points of contact per male and female conductor pair, ensuring a robust and reliable contact interface.

The initial system layout of the Molex M12 Cat 6 is a male-to-male, over-moulded patch cord cable system available in predetermined lengths and either AWG 24 or AWG 26 sizes, together with back-mount female receptacles.

The receptacles can be mounted using through-hole reflow technology. This allows for automated assembly, providing significant reductions in installation costs for the OEM. The initial set-up will use the standard threaded coupling, which provides IP67 protection.

An Ultra-Lock version of the Molex M12 Cat 6 connector is in development that will provide IP69K rating.

- Julien Happich
EE Times Europe

For application notes on connector click here.

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