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Press-fit ICMs provide pressure contact with PCBs

Posted: 08 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Pulse Electronics? integrated connector modules? press-fit pin? printed circuit board? PoE?

Pulse Electronics has recently debut its press-fit RJ45 integrated connector modules (ICMs) with magnetics. Pulse's latest offering uses a press-fit pin (also called a compliant or interference pin) which provides a pressure contact with the printed circuit board (PCB), eliminating the need for wave soldering.

"A typical production process consists of a component placement process and then soldering the components to the PCB. When you have both surface mount and through-hole components you have to process the PCB through both a reflow solder process for the SMT components and a wave soldering process for the through-hole components. The ICM is often the only through-hole component on the PCB, so wave soldering is necessary specifically for that part," explained Pulse Electronics product line manager Jonas Miller.

The JPB 2x6 1000BASE-T PoE ICM and JT5 2xN 10GBASE-T ICM families are available as press-fit ICMs. Eliminating the wave soldering process saves time, increasing throughput and reducing costs, and allows for rework of the ICM without damaging the customer's PCB.

"Pulse Electronics designed these press-fit pin ICMs in response to market demand to remove wave soldering from the PCB manufacturing process. In addition, having press-fit technology enables the manufacturer to rework the ICM more easily, without damaging the PCB," he added.

Pulse Electronics' press-fit RJ45 ICMs meet IEEE 802.3 specifications. Detailed process specifications are available to assist customers with the insertion and extraction of these press-fit pin ICMs. The ICMs are packaged in trays. Prices start at approximately $5.00/port. High volume discounts are available. Lead time is 8 to 10 weeks.

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