Subminiature
Subminiature RF coax connectors include SMA, SMB, and SMC connectors, also SSMA and SSMB connectors. FAKRA, quick-release versions such as QMA, QLMA and push-on SMA connectors are also included in this category.
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Cell Towers Become Less Cluttered

The growing use of cluster RF I/O ports is a big contributor to prevailing trends toward more streamlined cell tower assemblies. Affordable 5G cell tower upgrades require antennas that can handle more bandwidth in the same tower slots as their 4G predecessors. To achieve this, the needed number of RF ports per antenna I/O panelRead More

What are Coaxial Connectors?

Meet the Connector: Coaxial  Connectors (Note: This article focuses on cable-to-cable and cable-to-panel applications.)  A coaxial connector has an inner conductor that is enveloped by a concentric conducting sleeve, with the conductor and shield separated by an insulating material;  hence the term “coax” or “coaxial” connector. (Not all RF [radio frequency] connectors are coax, butRead More

60-Year-Old SMA Connector Design Still Popular

SMAs represent the most connector sales in the coax connector category. This early, innovative design continues to serve microwave technologies into the 5G era and beyond. Are you familiar with the SMA connector? Bet you don’t know all the hundreds of variations in use. Worldwide, SMAs have the highest dollar sales of all coax connectorRead More

What are SMP Connectors?

Meet the Connector: SMP Connectors Subminiature push-on (SMP) connectors are highly shielded, very small interconnects commonly used in miniaturized high frequency coaxial modules and high data rate applications such as antennas, broadband installations, Test & Measurement, and quantum computing. The product was developed by Gilbert (now Corning Gilbert) in the late 1980s and marketed asRead More

Coaxial Connectors for Datacom Applications Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights coaxial connectors for datacom applications from leading suppliers. Coaxial Connectors for Datacom Applications PEI-Genesis supplies Amphenol RF coaxial connectors used in high performance industries that require extremely reliable connections, such as automotive, broadband, broadcast, medical, wireless, military, aerospace, and industrial equipment. Common applications for Amphenol RF connectors include data transmission,Read More

May 2022 New Connectivity Products I

New-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. May 2022 New Connectivity Products I  May 2022 New Connectivity Products > Interconnects, etc. Harwin has introduced horizontal backshells for its Gecko-Screw-Lok (Gecko-SL) series of lightweight, high-reliability connectors. These backshells ensure a fully EMI/RFI shielded connection for horizontal 1.25 mm pitch board-to-cable connections. Previously Gecko EMI/RFIRead More

RF & Coax Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights RF & coax connectors from leading suppliers. RF & Coax Connectors EZ Form Cable, a Trexon company, is an AS9100D certified manufacturer of coaxial cable, coaxial cable assemblies, RF connectors, and coaxial delay lines. EZ Form RF, microwave, and millimeter wave (mmWave) transmission line solutions offer proven performance for criticalRead More

What are FAKRA Connectors?

Meet the Connector: FAKRA Connectors A mainstay of automotive connectivity for the past two decades, FAKRA connectors are a variation of subminiature version B (SMB) coaxial RF connectors developed by Rosenberger and standardized by the German Committee of Automobile Manufacturers. FAKRA is an acronym for Fachkreis Automobile or Working Group Automobile. These versatile connectors areRead More

Instrumentation and Test & Measurement Systems Demand Higher-Performance Connectors

Specialized test connectors and equipment help new products meet ruggedness, outgassing, and other performance and compliance requirements.  Instrumentation connector technology is evolving to serve higher speeds and bandwidths, RF technologies (including microwave and mmWave), and the analog-to-digital transformation. Test & Measurement and instrumentation processes have become essential to the development and regulation of equipment usedRead More

March 2022 New Connectivity Products

New-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. March 2022 New Connectivity Products  March 2022 New Connectivity Products > Interconnects, etc.  Sager Electronics now stocks Cincon’s TR220M single-output 220W AC-DC desktop medical adapter. Cincon’s reliable, compact, high power density adapters are fully protected against short circuit and over-voltage conditions within a universal 80VAC to 264VAC inputRead More

Green Energy Projects, EVs, & MIL-Aero Programs Set to Expand in 2022

Evolving technologies in the energy, automotive, military, and datacom markets will continue to drive innovation in connectivity.   The pace of technological advancement continues in the COVID era. The mRNA vaccines produced to combat COVID-19 are the result of years of development to create other anti-virus mRNA vaccines. Processes now have been optimized so that vaccines can be provided with minimalRead More

New Connector Design Addresses Significant SMP Shortcomings

The SMP connector came on the scene as a smaller alternative to SMA connectors. Now a new generation of LMP connectors are available for high-reliability, high-vibration, and high-power applications. By Times Microwave Systems The RF industry has been using sub-miniature push-on connectors (SMPs) for decades. Originally marketed by Gilbert (now part of Corning) in the lateRead More

Easy-Handling, Quick-Mating, High-Reliability Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights easy-handling, quick-mating, high-reliability connectors from leading suppliers. Easy-Handling, Quick-Mating, High-Reliability Connectors JAE’s new MX72 Series AK2 squib connectors ensure a fully reliable connection in a single operation. The AK2 type squib (igniter) connector has been adopted as the standard interface for automotive airbag inflators in Europe and North America andRead More

Live and Virtual: 2021 IMS Highlighted New Microwave Connector Components for 5G and Future 6G

The 2021 International Microwave Symposium presented new coax and waveguide technologies including mmWave connectors. After a virtual year, Bishop & Associates’ David Shaff visited the 2021 show in person. Here’s what he saw. After a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, attendees were anxious to attend the 2021 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) live event, to meet withRead More

June 2021 New Connectivity Products

New-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. June 2021 New Connectivity Products June 2021 New Connectivity Products > Interconnects, etc. WSMP standard, high-speed, or new generation connectors from Rosenberger are approx. 45% smaller than standard SMP connectors and can be used for applications upRead More

IP68 Medical Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights IP68 medical connectors and cable assemblies from leading suppliers. IP68 Medical Connectors Axon’ Cable designs and manufactures custom cable assemblies and interconnect systems for a wide variety of medical market applications, leveraging its proven expertise in conductor design and manufacturing, composite cables, jacket and tube extrusion, plastic injection molding and overmolding,Read More

A Data-Hungry World is Driving Demand for Wireless Connections

Broadband subscriptions are experiencing exponential growth as global connectivity expands. More users mean more data — and more equipment to deliver it. The most profound change occurring in the technology world is the huge increase in the amount of data that flows through our data communications systems every day. Until recently, we measured this flowRead More

Five Things to Consider When Specifying RF Connectors for Harsh Industrial Environments

RF connectors that operate in industrial environments must maintain a clean signal under harsh conditions. To specify the right connector, you need to evaluate the particular challenges the application will endure and select a connector that is up to the job.  Understanding the characteristics of the environments in which connectors are to be stored andRead More

5G Wireless Networks and Connected Cars Advance Interconnect Technology

New connector families have evolved to meet increasing bandwidth and connectivity needs as the rollout of 5G and the era of advanced vehicle technologies approaches. Wireless 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies may eventually affect almost everything we do. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented the mobile broadband standards organization 3GPP from meeting, whichRead 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

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