Lightweight Connector Innovations Enable Infotainment on the Go

Consumers are now accustomed to instant, high-quality sound and image technology everywhere they go. For airlines, lightweight connector innovations make it possible to provide entertainment while keeping size and weight down. To enable more capabilities in systems and devices, aircraft designers are embedding more electronic components — including sensors, connectors, relays, and fiber-optics — throughoutRead More

Smaller, Faster, Smarter: Miniature Industrial Connectors

Connectors are competing for space in today’s automated industrial processes. A next-generation miniature industrial connector format balances space constraints with data performance. Meet the iX Industrial. At the 2018 Hannover Fair, HARTING identified miniaturization as one of six trends defining the evolution of integrated industrial processes. The others are digitization, integration, e-mobility, modularization, and customization.Read More

Connector Industry E-Commerce Evolves

Consumers expect instant gratification from the shopping experience. Engineers shopping for electronic components expect the same level of service, pushing connector companies and distributors to step up their game. Improved connector industry e-commerce options are one solution for more satisfied customers. Amazon has proven beyond a doubt that convenience and speedy delivery have become majorRead More

New Connectors Deliver Lightning Fast Charging Solutions

Electric vehicle charging stations that can provide a full charge in less than five minutes are about to eliminate one of the key roadblocks to EV acceptance. Connectors that can handle the current and dissipate the heat are a key component of the technology. The electric vehicle (EV) sector took another step closer to theRead More

Connector Innovations for Commercial Vehicles

The commercial vehicle market consistently requires stronger defenses against hazards such as temperature, vibration, and exposure to moisture or chemicals, all of which can cause failure. As a result, suppliers are developing ruggedized connectors that meet stringent requirements and ratings.   Connector Innovations for Commercial Vehicles Connector manufacturers are taking advantage of slower demand in the heavy-dutyRead More

The Hottest Connector Technology of 2016 (So Far!)

With the first half of 2016 behind us, Bishop & Associates’ Dave Brearley takes a look at the hot products and technologies that are dominating the year so far.   The Hottest Connector Technology of 2016 (So Far!) Writing about connector innovations is always fun; recent developments are no exception. Innovative connector solutions have beenRead More

Great Connector Inventions: Backplane Stiffeners

Backplane connectors with large molded housings existed in the late 1980s but were expensive and very difficult to make. True position for all of the pins had to be accurate or the connector could not be placed easily on the boards and mated. Teradyne Connector Systems found a solution. Teradyne Connector Systems (TCS) was a divisionRead More

Connector Innovation in Autosport

Racing engineers always request solutions that bend the laws of physics, but that’s what makes working in the industry such a challenge. By its very nature, autosport is not an industry that stands still; just when you think you know what’s happening, a new technology appears and it all moves forward again. Autosport has broughtRead More

Future Powertrains: Radical New End Game

In the coming decades the choice of land-vehicle powertrain will mainly be dictated by emissions conformance in addition to the best cost/performance compromise. This will result in a move to pure electric vehicles as laws tighten and technology improves.   The main powertrain options for land vehicles over the next 20 years, according to aRead More

TE Named to Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators List

TE was named a Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovator for the fifth consecutive year. †   TE Connectivity was named a Thomson Reuters 2015 Top 100 Global Innovator for the fifth consecutive year in recognition of its achievements as one of the world leaders in innovation. The program, an initiative of the IP & ScienceRead More

2015 Connector Product and Technology Trends in Review

2015 saw great leaps forward in technology, many of which were enabled by developments in connector design and manufacture.      At some point in the future, we may look back at 2015 and recognize it as a year when key technologies came together to enable a continuing series of next-generation products. Bishop & AssociatesRead More

The Creative Phase of New Connector Development

In the latest installment of the “Connector Basics” series from APEX Electrical Interconnection Consultants, Bill Garver takes a detailed look at the creative phase of new connector development. This article is part of the “Connector Basics” series from APEX Electrical Interconnection Consultants. In a previous article, we suggested that to ensure a successful product development andRead More

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