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SMT board-to-board connectors boast extra power, reliability

Posted: 10 Jul 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Molex? board-to-board connector? smartphone? medical?

Molex has revealed that its SlimStack Fine-Pitch SMT board-to-board connectors and SlimStack Armor SMT board-to-board connector combine extra power lines into a signal connector. The latest solutions from the company are geared for smartphones, portable audio players and mobile medical devices.

The Molex SlimStack connector portfolio claims to offer makers a wide selection of low profile, narrow width interface options in various heights and circuit sizes for space savings and design flexibility.

The SlimStack Hybrid Power version primarily supports power functionality in battery and other mobile device power applications. Featuring a 0.40mm pitch and a 0.75mm mated height, the hybrid connectors enable high-current carrying capability, with a dual-contact structure for excellent power and signal reliability. The SlimStack hybrid connector delivers 6A power, 0.3A signal.

SMT board-to-board connectors

Featuring a 0.35mm pitch and 0.60mm mated height, the SlimStack Armor version supports signal functionality in mobile devices and other tight-packaging applications. When additional power is needed for value-added features, such as fast battery charging or LED flash functions.

The metal housing covers on SlimStack Armor connectors can serve as power nails to deliver up to 3A of extra power. All Molex SlimStack connectors provide secure terminal retention. Constructed of high strength copper alloy, dual contacts on the signal and power terminals reduce the risk of power or signal disruption due to shock, vibration or drops.

The SlimStack Armor connectors have robust metal covers on the housing corners to prevent damage from misalignment during mating. By loading terminals from the bottom, Armor connectors create a 'canopy' style cover in the housing, which serves as a barrier to prevent terminal pullout during rough angled unmating.

The cover also prevents housing damage by absorbing wear and tear of multiple mating cycles. A wide chamfered alignment area makes the connector and plug easier to guide together. Audible and tactile feedback confirms when a SlimStack connector is properly mated to a device.

- Julien Happich
??EE Times Europe

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