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Choosing the Best Connector for Analog Sensors

Analog sensors gather data needed to track the activities and productivity of equipment, predict maintenance and make repairs, and enable the operations of connected systems. Which connectors should be used to connect these sensors? Analog sensors capture important information about the operations of electronic systems and the world around them. In smart factories, connected homesRead More

Custom, Semi-Custom Configurators, and Surface Treatments Create the Perfect Connector

New design, manufacturing, and processing options enable OEMs to achieve a semi-custom connector or cable assembly without the time and costs of a fully custom product. With literally millions of connectors to choose from, in every size, shape, speed, configuration, material, and function, what more could we possibly ask for?Sometimes a new material, a smallerRead More

Rectangular I/O Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights a variety of rectangular I/O connectors from leading suppliers. Rectangular I/O Connectors NorComp’s 111 Series SCSI Ribbon Connectors are rugged rectangular I/O connectors designed to securely and reliably connect devices to various computer systems over many repeated mating cycles. These SCSI connectors have nickel-plated steel shells with panel and quick-releaseRead More

Commercial Connectors Toughen Up for the Harshest Environments in the Universe

As priorities for deep-space applications change, demand is increasing for low-cost, commercial off-the-shelf connectors that can endure the rigors of space. Deep-space exploration keeps bringing us new information about the sun, the moon, and the planets. For example, data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter recently helped researchers determine that the Moon isn’t dead because itRead More

The Robots Are Coming

Robotics may be one of the greatest technological innovations of all time, and their rise is just beginning. Specialty, lightweight, precision connectivity products are key to their agility and utility. As companies look for ways to reduce their labor costs and increase their ability to perform tasks in a human-touch-free manner, the job functions robotsRead More

Hybrid Connector Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights hybrid connector products from leading suppliers. Hybrid Connector Products Positronic EC Series Eclipse hybrid power and signal connectors combine precision-machined low-resistance, gold-plated copper alloy power contacts with cost-effective formed signal contact clusters to deliver a high price-performance ratio, high linear current density, and robust performance ideal for use in powerRead More

Rugged Mil-Spec Connectors Strengthen Military System Deployment

A tour of the West 2019 conference turns up new mil-spec connectivity products that meet size, weight, and power goals, and deliver peak performance under pressure. For military and aerospace applications, the consequences of system failures are unthinkable. To accomplish mission-critical tasks, these systems depend on the high-reliability performance of rugged mil-spec connectors and cables.Read More

High-Reliability Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights high-reliability connector products for military, aerospace, and industrial applications, amongst others. High-Reliability Connector Products BTC Electronics offers Cinch Connectivity Solutions’ microminiature, rectangular Dura-ConTM Micro-D connectors, which provide rugged, high-reliability, high-density solutions in military and aerospace applications that require maximum performance, minimized space and weight, and proven resistance to high shockRead More

Non-Magnetic Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights non-magnetic connector products designed for use in equipment with magnetic fields, like MRI machines, and other sensitive electronics applications. Non-Magnetic Connector Products Radiall’s non-magnetic connector product portfolio is comprised of various interface sizes designed to carry RF signals within magnetic fields, like in MRI machines. Suitable for a use inRead More

Waterproof Connector and Cable Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights waterproof connector and cable products from leading suppliers. Solutions address the needs of the industrial, consumer, automotive, mil/aero, datacom/telecom, transportation, and medical markets. Waterproof Connector and Cable Products Panther PA Series power and hybrid power and signal connectors from Positronic ruggedly withstand shock, vibration, UV radiation, salt spray, and temperaturesRead More

New Connector and Cable Products: March 2019

Summary coverage of the new connector and cable products that were recently released to market, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, development kits, tools, and materials. New Connector and Cable Products: March 2019 Interconnects, etc. TE Connectivity’s new MULTIGIG RT 3 connectors are among the fastest rugged backplane connectors currently available, supporting speeds ofRead More

Transportation Connectors Go the Extra Mile

A roundtable discussion with ITT Cannon, TE Connectivity, and AVX Interconnect about connectors and cabling in cross-market, automotive, off-highway and agricultural vehicle, rail, and commercial aviation markets. We talk to three of the connector companies that are innovating components for the transportation market. They share insights on what’s coming next for this exciting and rapidlyRead More

Four Qualities to Look for When ​Selecting D-Sub Backshells for Transportation Applications

It’s easy to overlook backshells, but they play a critical role in protecting connectors, cables, and overall system reliability. Mike Kahn, Director of Marketing, NorComp Connector reliability is essential to the performance of electronic systems in transportation applications. Off-highway equipment, long-haul freighters, bus and rail systems, and all other modes depend on critical systems includingRead More

It’s Time to Get Ready for New ADS-B Standards

US-based aircraft have a new equipment mandate to improve surveillance and communications. The deadline is fast approaching, but operators have numerous options to get compliant. New ADS-B Standards Nearly a decade ago, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) set in place a timeline to transition from radar to next-generation, surveillance-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) to manage theRead More

Wire-to-Board Connector Products

This week’s product roundup highlights wire-to-board connector solutions from leading suppliers. Wire-to-Board Connector Products Molex’s new 2mm-pitch EdgeLock Wire-to-Edge-Card Signal System offers space savings and positive latch locking for secure, solderless mating to PCB edge cards, which reduces assembly time, eliminates the need for a mating header assembly, lowering overall assembly cost, and enables easyRead More

Mil/Aero Connectors Lighten Up for Small UAVs

As drones take a larger role in military operations, the pressure is on to reduce size and weight. A new generation of SWaP-optimized connector products will help. By Ann R. Thryft Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are getting smaller and more powerful as the overall miniaturization trend expands across the broad range of military equipment. AlsoRead More

Environmentally Sealed Connector Product Roundup

This week’s product roundup highlights environmentally sealed connector solutions from leading suppliers. Newark element14 offers Amphenol Sine Systems’ AHDP Duramate™ circular plastic connectors for heavy-duty applications, which feature high-strength, lightweight, and impact resistant thermoplastic housings, low insertion force stamped terminals for improved manufacturing efficiencies, three IP67 sealing systems (normal, thin, and reduced) with redundant sealingRead More

Mixed-Layout Connector Product Roundup

This week’s product roundup highlights mixed-layout connector solutions from leading suppliers. Nicomatic’s CMM Micro lightweight, rugged, rectangular connectors allow for more than 20 million standard configurations of board-to-board, board-to-wire, and wire-to-wire cable assemblies with 1–3 rows, up to 120 gold-plated signal, high-frequency coaxial, and high-power contacts in mixed layouts, and with various mounting hardware. TheRead More

D-Subminiature Connector Products

This week’s product roundup highlights some of the most rugged, reliable, and versatile D-Subminiature connectors currently available on the market. D-Subminiature Connector Products Amphenol ICC’s ruggedized MDBR Series D-Sub connectors mate with standard connectors and come with die-cast metal housings that provide robust resistance against mechanical damage resulting from shock, vibration, and impacts, as wellRead More

All Quiet on the Industrial Front: Using Filter Connectors to Reduce Electromagnetic Noise

Industrial applications are prone to extraneous electronic noise. A variety of connector manufacturers design products that prevent and minimize electromagnetic interference and pulses and radio frequency interference. By Paul Golata, Mouser Electronics Filtered Connectors Connectors are ubiquitous across the industrial workspace because they establish and secure the hardwired electromechanical interface between various electronic assemblies usedRead More

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