Automotive Connectors Product Roundup  

By AJ Born | April 02, 2024

This week’s Product Roundup highlights automotive connectors from leading connector manufacturers and suppliers.

Automotive connectors

Vishay high-current density TMBS eSMP rectifiers from AvnetVishay high-current density TMBS eSMP rectifiers from Avnet are ideal for automated placement and feature Trench MOS Barrier Schottky technology (TMBS). These rectifiers are housed in a low-profile package with a typical height of 1.3 mm. The rectifiers have a low forward voltage drop, low power losses, and high-efficiency operation. Vishay high-current density TMBS eSMP rectifiers are well-suited for use in low-voltage high-frequency DC/DC converters, freewheeling diodes, and polarity protection applications.

ATTEND’s OBDII Type A/B cable splitterATTEND's OBDII Type A/B cable splitter, designed for automotive diagnostics, is compliant with the SAE J1962 standard and features a 16-pin (2×8) connector. This design enables the simultaneous connection of two devices by transforming a single male port into two accessible female ports. The series includes Type-A for 12V and Type-B for 24V systems, catering to automotive device design needs and ensuring compatibility with all OBD II protocols. Constructed from high-quality materials, it offers flexibility, durability, and reliable diagnostics across a variety of vehicles.

I-PEX offers a wide variety of ISH power connectors and AP Series power connectorsI-PEX offers a wide variety of ISH power connectors and AP Series power connectors and terminals for applications that require reliable operation in high-temperature environments. These products withstand environments up to 105 ℃ or 125 ℃, even with long hours of operation. In addition, the MHF locking micro RF connectors provide superior mechanical connections for automotive antennas, infotainment devices, and micro-camera applications. These rugged connectors are ideal for high shock/vibration environments, eliminating concern about un-mating while in use.


Amphenol LTW’s ZConnect low-profile LV214-compliant connectorsAmphenol LTW’s ZConnect low-profile LV214-compliant connectors provide secure mating with a second lock design, saving space with a maximum mated height of 8 mm. These robust connectors meet automotive LV214 requirements with 8 to 40 contacts at 1A up to 120VDC and pitches of 0.9 mm, 1.8 mm, and 2.7 mm. They are suitable for use in FPC, FFC, and wire-to-board solutions. ZConnect delivers anti-vibration and audible feedback, along with multiple contacts, ensuring cost-effective and reliable solutions.

ept One27 connectorWhat do a vehicle’s safety system, engine, chassis, control unit, inverter, and battery management system all have in common? All are examples where an ept One27 connector has succeeded in automotive design. These 1.27 mm PCB connectors support board-to-board distances ranging from 8 mm up to 20 mm, with 12-80 contacts and a 1.4 A carrying capacity. For additional flexibility, a customizable cabled option is available for the female IDC. The One27’s double-sided female contacts ensure a connection’s endurance through micro-movement and vibration on the roadway, guaranteeing stable operation. The One27 has also passed LV214 testing, strict automotive testing, and is applicable to USCAR specifications.

Harwin’s Gecko (G125 series) connectorsHarwin’s Gecko (G125 series) connectors provide a low profile, dual row interconnect solution for automotive and other high-reliability applications. They are ideally suited for stacking and cable mating in areas where PCB real estate is at a premium. Vibration and shock resistant, these miniature yet powerful connectors critical deliver size and weight savings, and feature a pin spacing of 1.25mm, up to 50 contacts per connector. This design means that G125 connectors achieve up to 45% space saving, up to 75% weight saving over other high-performance connectors such as Micro-D.

Chief Enterprises-Amphenol-A-SeriesChief Enterprises offers Amphenol Sine Systems’ A Series family of sealed heavy-duty, multi-pin plastic and metal connectors. These include a wide range of products serving many industries. The connectors were developed as a high-performance, cost-effective solution for use with automotive, heavy equipment, agricultural, alternate energy, and other demanding interconnect architectures.

Greenconn’s RAST 2.5/5.0 connectorsGreenconn’s RAST 2.5/5.0 connectors offer miniaturized interconnects for automotive lighting systems. These UL approved connectors have passed the glow test and provide options for direct and indirect mating, allowing for cable-to-board and cable-to-cable connections using insulation displacement technology, which enhances assembly flexibility and reduces assembly costs. Available in customized design with features like positioning and keying options for foolproof operation, locking mechanism for preventing accidental disconnect, and color-code system for identification needs, Greenconn’s RAST series is also widely used in home appliances and other applications.

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