Automotive Articles

How to Specify an In-Vehicle Network Connector

Today’s cars include sophisticated networks that control safety, entertainment, and communication in addition to vehicle performance, and all these systems need to talk to each other. Here, we look at how to specify an in-vehicle network connector.   Today’s vehicles increasingly employ sophisticated networks to control a number of vehicle functions, ranging from engine controlRead More

How to Specify Aluminum Wire for Automotive Applications

Restrictive connector terminal solutions can be an issue when specifying aluminum wires for automotive applications.   In light of time-to-market issues in the automotive industry, aluminum is the best option for reducing the weight of the electrical distribution system and harnesses. Aluminum has been used in battery and power applications in premium cars for some time.Read More

Gaining Net Value to the Automotive Supply Chain

While secondary sourcing can be a viable option to mitigate supply chain interruptions, many connectors for today’s automobiles are so specialized that finding a second source can mean a whole new set of challenges. The “supply chain” is the process by which a company creates and distributes its products and services to the end users. The execution begins whenRead More

Heavy-Duty Terminals for Automotive Applications

Electric terminal manufacturers utilize a good portion of their engineering resources to develop new products or improve existing terminals for the automotive industry. Sam Francois of ETCO examines the keys to choosing heavy-duty terminals for automotive applications.   Problems within a vehicle’s electrical system have long plagued the automotive industry. One of the most common areas forRead More

Hirose’s GT8E Series for Automotive

Hirose’s GT8E Series for automotive offers a high pin count in a small footprint. Hirose announced the GT8E Series, a compact internal wire-to-board or wire-to-wire interface connector that can handle demanding automotive conditions. The GT8E Series connector features a 2.0mm pitch, providing a high pin count in a small footprint. Designed for internal use in ECUs, inverters, and batteryRead More

The Impact of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles on Powertrain Connectors

For the new electric and hybrid vehicles, powertrain controls and connectors require the complete functionality of a conventional vehicle, plus the components required to drive the electric motor and charge the Lithium-ion battery pack.  Worldwide production of electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) reached two million units in 2014, nearly doubling since 2011 andRead More

How to Specify Rectangular Connectors for Automotive Applications

Rectangular connectors are commonly used in automotive applications, but the industry has unique requirements. Phoenix Contact offers tips on how to specify rectangular connectors for automotive applications. Rectangular connectors have long been used in industries where a harsh environment is standard operating procedure. These connectors need to meet a variety of specifications, including a high IngressRead More

Five Things to Know About Precise Contacts for the Automotive Industry

Component requirements for the automotive market are demanding, diverse, and forward-looking. ODU shares five things to know about precise contacts for the automotive industry. The reliable transfer of power, signals, data, and media are achieved with interconnects across a wide range of demanding applications and markets. The requirements for the automotive industry, for example, are both diverse andRead More

TE Standard Connectors for Onboard Ethernet

TE Connectivity has shown that a data transmission rate of 100Mb/s can be achieved with standard automotive connectors. There are signs that car manufacturers will opt for Ethernet data bus technology in the future. Its advantages include tremendous topology flexibility and high data transmission speed. Furthermore, Ethernet is a strong contender for the seamless integration ofRead More

Press-Fit Technology for Automotive Applications

Press-fit technology is widely applied in multiple automotive applications because it meets the needs of smaller, lighter, more durable components in the latest vehicle designs. The basic principle of a press-fit connection is that a contact terminal is pressed into a printed circuit board (PCB). There are two types of press-fit pins – the solidRead More

Facts & Figures: Automotive Connector Market Sales

In this issue, Bishop & Associates reports on the facts and figures of the connector industry’s largest market sector – automotive. Automotive is the largest market sector for connectors, with 2013 world sales of $10,943 million, or 22.3% of world connector demand. The following table identifies the size of the automotive market by geographic region andRead More

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