May 2023 New Connectivity Products 

By Amy Goetzman | May 02, 2023

New-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits.

May 2023 New Connectivity Products

May 2023 New Connectivity Products > Interconnects, etc.

Hirose Electric has launched the IT14 SeriesHirose Electric has launched the IT14 Series, a stackable ball grid array (BGA) mezzanine connector designed for high-speed and high-density server applications. The hermaphroditic IT14 Series features a self-mating design to eliminate the need for additional mating parts. Fewer mating parts reduces costs, increases reliability, and enhances performance. The IT14 Series supports high-speed data transmission more than 56 Gb/s NRZ/112 Gb/s PAM4. An Ethernet OAM specified connector, the IT14 Series mezzanine connector utilizes a high-density design (172DPs/in2) to meet telecom and networking application requirements. It has a stub-less two-point contact design for ultra-reliability. A protective housing encapsulates the contact tips to prevent warping during mating. The IT14 Series BGA mezzanine connector has a rated current of 1.2A, a rated voltage of 30V AC/DC, and an operating temperature range of -55 ℃ to 105 ℃.

KYOCERA AVX added new four- and five-position models to its 9176-700 SeriesKYOCERA AVX added new four- and five-position models to its 9176-700 Series capped insulation displacement contact (IDC) connectors for 18–24 AWG wire. They are engineered to satisfy the demanding requirements of automotive, transportation, industrial, lighting, and medical applications. These IDC connectors have a user-friendly, low-profile surface-mount form factor with an integrated termination/retention cap that allows users to simply insert a wire into the contact — no stripping required — and press it down to provide a robust and reliable gas-tight connection to the PCB. This quick and efficient process doesn’t require any tools or solder, which reduces both complexity and cost compared to solder and crimp processes. The resulting connections have been tested to various levels of shock, vibration, and temperature cycling. The 9176-700 Series is available in through-wire and wire-stop variants for maximum flexibility. Through-wire models allow wires to be terminated at any point, while wire-stop models terminate the end of the wire and have a stop face feature to protect the wire end. Single-contact 9176-700 Series connectors are rated for 600VACRMS or the DC equivalent. Two- through five- connectors are rated for 300VACRMS or the DC equivalent. The series is rated for operating temperatures of -40 °C to +125 °C and storage temperatures of -40 °C to +70 °C.

SCHURTER’s new Smart Connector range and Smart EcosystemSCHURTER’s new Smart Connector range and Smart Ecosystem features the internal Smart Connector DS11 and the external Smart Connector DT31, the world’s first intelligent power entry module combining intelligence with a standard IEC 60320 C14 inlet. It performs basic power entry functions while providing equipment manufacturers the ability to offer their customers extended functionality without needing additional engineering time and cost to develop their own solutions. The DT31 is designed to be used as a standalone, plug-and-play device that can quickly and conveniently upgrade equipment by way of daisy chain from its IEC 60320 C14 inlet and C13 outlet. Both the DS11 and DT31 have a WLAN connection. The DS11 also offers a serial interface for direct connection to the host device. SCHURTER’s comprehensive cloud-based Smart Ecosystem offers a range of services for different needs. The basic software package is included with each DS11 and DT31. Four additional software packages with extended functions are available. The DS11 and DT31 can be accessed via the Smart Connector App, available on Android and Apple iOS, making remote monitoring and controlling connected devices easy.

Series V connectors from Amphenol Aerospace, supplied by PEI-GenesisSeries V connectors from Amphenol Aerospace, supplied by PEI-Genesis, are 20% smaller and 50% lighter than 38999 Series III connectors and feature higher voltage capabilities. Series V connectors have a “Diamond Grip” nut design, are scoop-proof, and utilize AS39029-qualified gold-plated contacts, making them ideal for military, aerospace, and general-duty harsh-environment applications.

PCIe Gen 5 Flip CEM from Amphenol Communications SolutionsThe PCIe Gen 5 Flip CEM from Amphenol Communications Solutions is a new 1.0 mm pitch vertical card edge connector that follows the PCIe standard mating interface. It is designed with a different footprint because the contacts are “JJ” type or “LL” contacts, which provide maximum savings of up to 19.5% in the keepout area. The current Flip CEM supports 32GT/s (Gen 5) and the mating side supports backward compatibility with PCIe 4/3/2/1 card. The Flip CEM is ideal for use when the PCIe connector must be placed close to the PCB board edge. The Flip CEM connector can avoid the trace from going inside the connector, which causes stub.

Multi-Con-X from Switchcraft-Conxall, supplied by Sager ElectronicsThe Multi-Con-X from Switchcraft-Conxall, supplied by Sager Electronics, allows the much larger backshell from the Mega-Con-X to be used with the Multi-Con-X. It is offered in a kit with one of two backshell sizes, or as part of a complete connector kit. The Multi-Con-X is compatible with any Multi-Con-X cable plug or cable-to-cable connector. Available options cover a wide cable diameter range from 10.2 mm to 14.5 mm. Includes screw-down cable clamp and elastomer strain relief.

Fischer ConnectorsFischer Keystone 6 Hub launched the Fischer KEYSTONE 6 wearable power and data hub for dismounted soldiers. The new tactical connectivity solution comprises a 6-port tactical hub, Fischer KEYSTONE 6, a power management app plug-in for the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK), and customized cable assemblies with connectors designed to meet Nett Warrior and NATO STANAG 4695 standards. The hub is an easily deployable MIL-Spec solution to the tactical connectivity challenge presented by digital modernization programs, i.e., more data, higher speeds, greater power, and less weight in harsh environments. Fischer KEYSTONE enables soldiers to connect and power their digital gear easily and reliably, and to efficiently manage the flows of data (USB 2.0 and SMBus) and power (100 W – 5 A max) through a single source controlled from an easy-to-use app on their EUD. It provides military OEM integrators with a competitive solution comparable to the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Hub (NGH). Swiss-engineered for MIL-Spec digital connectivity with Fischer Connectors’ technologies in ruggedness, sealing, miniaturization, and data transmission. Find full technical specifications in Fischer KEYSTONE Tactical Connectivity Solution.

May 2023 New Connectivity Products > Wire, Cable, and Cable Assemblies

MolexMolex and I-PEX have partnered to offer MHF I LK cable assemblies, which are available in multiple configurations using standard MHF receptacles and Molex RF connector interfaces. The MHF I Series of micro-RF coaxial connector systems takes advantage of I-PEX’s patented locking mechanism to add another layer of connection reliability and security. Designed to keep signals connected through constant shock and vibration, this cutting-edge solution clicks into place seamlessly. Inspired by operation with drones, the patented locking system is ideally suited to address the most rigorous connectivity demands across the automotive, consumer electronics, data center, medical, smart appliance, and telecommunications industries.

Fairview Microwave expanded its offering of semi-rigid cable assemblies and connectors designed to negate the need for any custom tooling or jigs in the production process. This new series of semi-rigid cable assemblies features superior shielding compared to their flexible counterparts. Their solid outer conductor semi-rigid coax design guarantees their forms are reliably held after bending, making them desirable for applications involving enclosure or box type layouts. The expansion includes custom lengths for the cable assemblies along with multiple size options for addressing numerous applications. For example, smaller diameter options for higher frequencies and smaller housings are available, as well as larger diameter options for larger housings and lower loss scenarios.

May 2023 New Connectivity Products > Sensors and Antennas

KP Performance Antennas introduced a new line of low-profile antennas covering the latest frequency bands of Wi-Fi 6e and unlicensed 6 GHz. Wi-Fi 6e, low-profile antennas feature 4×4, 6×6 and 8×8 MIMO options that help protect high-bandwidth applications from microwave and RF interference. These new in-building and mobile Wi-Fi 6e antennas have low-profile designs for discrete installations; SMA, NMO, and Type N connector options; and high gain of 3, 6, 9 and 11 dBi. Both omnidirectional and flat-panel models are available with a range of frequency and gain options.

L-com expanded its line of IoT light-detection environmental sensors. The new sensors gauge either ambient or ultraviolet light. They assist in the use of IoT data collection to make process control more efficient and to lower building and process costs. Applications for the light-detection sensors include greenhouses, agriculture, solar farms, labs, factory floors, manufacturing, and general environmental monitoring. The wall-mount ambient light models measure light intensity up to either 65,000 Lux or 200,000 Lux. They have a waterproof housing and are well-suited for outdoors as well as demanding indoor environments such as factory floors. The UV light model mounts to a DIN rail or a panel and is useful with UV testers, UV index meters, germicidal lamps, flame detection, and UV monitoring equipment. It is sensitive to UV light in the wavelengths of 200 nm to 370 nm and has a 4-20 mA output and screw-type terminals for easy field termination. L-com’s 3-in-1 environmental integrated transmitter measures illuminance as well as temperature and humidity. Contained in a weatherproof, wall-mount housing, it is suitable for outdoors and for demanding indoor environments such as solar farms and industrial automation. Its output is via the popular Modbus protocol.

May 2023 New Connectivity Products > Connector Materials, Accessories, Tools, and Development Kits

WAGO’s Pro 2 EtherNet/IP with MQTTWAGO’s Pro 2 EtherNet/IP with MQTT communications module (2789-9023) adds a new level of monitoring as well as control of power supplies and DC subsystems. With an intuitive web interface, this communication module can quickly commission the power supply and help identify potential problems in real-time with data such as current and voltage, along with other warnings and alarms. This module can be used on newly designed systems or existing systems with upgrade capabilities and can be reconfigured on the fly. WAGO also offers add-on Instructions to make integration with other PLCs quick and easy.


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