How to Specify

How to Design Optical Fiber Cables for Interconnect Solutions in Harsh Environments

For harsh environments, such as avionics and defense, key issues related to high temperatures, vibration, and shock must be considered to maximize the efficiency of optical technologies. For two decades, the need for ever-increasing capacity and speed to move data through our electronic devices has generated the deployment of millions of kilometers of optical fiberRead More

Harsh Conditions Call for Hermetically Sealed Connectors

Moisture, debris, vibration, pressure, and fluctuating temperatures make industrial, transportation, military, and aerospace environments challenging for electronics. Hermetically sealed connectors keep sensitive electronic systems safe. Electronic connectors are constructed from plastic and metal parts that allow moisture, air, and gases to leak into the device. A hermetic connector blocks all gases from passing through pointsRead More

How to Choose a Medical Connector

Connectivity solutions for medical equipment must be safe, dependable, durable, easy to operate, and meet critical regulatory requirements. Medical connectors are used to transmit data, power, and control signals to a system or piece of equipment that provides patient care in a hospital, clinic, or home health setting. There is more to specifying and choosingRead More

Planning High-Reliability Aerospace Systems with Hermetic Connectors

Hermetic connectors protect critical electronic systems from harsh environments. Designing in these specialized components requires strategic planning to reduce costs, mitigate risks, increase performance, and maximize longevity. Look up. Millions of hermetic connectors are in the skies above us, creating essential links between cables and electronic circuits in aerospace and defense systems. Found in satellites,Read More

Rugged Connectors in Space Environments

New ruggedized connector solutions reach for the stars with materials and designs that deliver high reliability, flexibility, cost-savings, and meet the strict qualifications for top performance in space. From high vibration and shock during launch, to extreme temperatures, radiation, and electrostatic discharge (ESD), equipment leaving Earth’s atmosphere must endure exceptional rigors, making ultra-high reliability theRead More

10 Key Strategies to Ensure Signal Integrity at High Data Speeds

Demand for bandwidth and design complexity are increasing as more sensors are connected to systems and more data need to be transmitted quickly, reliably, and securely. The priority is to ensure that a signal sent from A to B is not distorted. Ensuring Signal Integrity Ensuring signal integrity is critical for engineers who design data-heavyRead More

Miniaturized Smart Devices Pose Larger Design Challenges for Interconnects

Smaller, more powerful, and connected new device designs call for more antennas, PCB connectors, and other components. The challenge is to make them all fit. Strategic antenna selection and positioning is the first step in preserving performance and reliability. Electronic devices are increasingly utilizing one or more wireless technologies to become connected to the InternetRead More

Pitch Perfect: Creating Ever-Smaller Connectors to Enable the Latest Consumer Devices

Connectors that once were market leaders now are too large for most consumer applications. The next level of refinement in design comes in the form of fine-pitch alternatives. The world of consumer electronic devices has expanded enormously in the last decade. With applications in the leisure market as well as personal healthcare and industry, handheldRead More

Automotive Ethernet is a Key Enabler for Connected Cars

Automotive Ethernet interconnect solutions need to be miniaturized, lightweight, modular, optimized for high-speed automotive systems, and compatible with automated assembly processes.  Connectivity is enabling safer, greener, and more enjoyable driving experiences. As connected car technologies within vehicles continues to rise in support of these features, so too does the amount of data that has toRead More

Five Factors to Consider When Selecting Machined Pin Receptacles for Mission-Critical Connections

When the cost and consequences of failure are significant, machined pins and receptacles provide additional reassurance.  Machined pin receptacles are precision manufactured solutions that directly contribute to the design of durable, high-reliability connector systems. High-quality, precision-machined pins and receptacles are the very foundation of high-performance connectors used to deliver power and signal in rigorous operatingRead More

I Need a Wire Harness Assembly

I Need a Wire Harness Assembly Sometimes the last thing considered in a complex system is the wiring harness. However, as with many sub-assemblies that make up a system, wiring harnesses have many variables that may affect the quote and the quoting process if these variables are not clearly defined early in the quote process.Read More

The Importance of Manufacturability in New Connector Product Designs

When new or custom connectivity products are the right solution for a design challenge, connector suppliers must meet complex design requirements and develop efficient manufacturing processes to produce high-quality products at a reasonable cost. Manufacturability is a critical consideration in the design of a new connector product. In addition to supply chain factors such asRead More

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