Pushing the boundaries of innovation in connectors

Posted By : Lanna Cooper
Pushing the boundaries of innovation in connectors


Global connectivity solution provider of high performance circular connector and cable assemblies, Fischer Connectors continues to push the boundaries of technological innovation in rugged miniaturisation, high speed data transmission, and sealing.

Several new extensions to the ultra-dense Fischer MiniMax Series, increasing its usability in many applications, are available as of April 2018:

  • High speed AWG24 Ethernet data transfer
  • Enhanced IP68 sealing down to 20m/24h
  • Hexagonal body style
  • Anthracite coating with <5mΩ panel grounding

The result of these innovations is performance in a very small connector, addressing the growing need for higher data transmission in such markets as medical, unmanned vehicles, industrial, instrumentation, and defence - to name only a few. 

Providing rugged full-speed AWG24 Ethernet 
Building on the success of the USB 3.0 contact block introduced last year, Fischer Connectors has released another data-speed focused extension to the company’s high density miniature Fischer MiniMaxTM Series.

The new MiniMax connector in 08 size now gives design engineers the option of integrating rugged connectivity solutions with full-speed Ethernet into their latest creations.

This new contact block configuration of eight AWG24 pins in a receptacle of only 12mm diameter enables fast Ethernet data transmission over longer distances. The new configuration can help move Ethernet connectivity into more rugged environments, protected from the elements with enhanced IP68 ratings.

The new Ethernet MiniMax 08 connector: 8 AWG24 pins, hexagonal, anthracite.

Taking devices deeper 
Advances in design and production processes have also enabled Fischer Connectors to increase the depth that all Fischer MiniMax Series connectors can safely achieve, providing enhanced reliability for extreme environments. The more stringent IP68 sealing level ensures all MiniMax connectors and cable assembly solutions now go even deeper than ever before - achieving a new standard of 20m for 24 hours.

This is an IP rating test for such a small connector, opening new opportunities for the miniaturisation of underwater devices.

Additional body style and colour options
The Fischer MiniMaxTM Series receptacles now also come in a hexagonal body style, making integration into small housings easier and more robust. As customers do not need to rely on the flat of the panel cut, they can instead include a hexagonal recess on the backside of the panel in which the receptacle will fit.

As for coating, the new standard for the Fischer MiniMaxTM Series now includes an anthracite surface treatment. This coating is similar to the one used on the Fischer UltiMateTM Series, reaching <5mΩ panel grounding as required in MIL standards while still being non-reflective and stealthy.

Focus on size, weight, and functionality
Wim Vanheertum, Director of Product Management at Fischer Connectors, explained: “The MiniMax connector aims to increase the performance of miniature rugged devices, handling more mixed signal and power connections in a unique combination. Our highly-engineered miniature signal and power connectivity solution is ideally suited for applications where Space, Weight and Power (SWaP) is critical, increasing portability and resisting water, corrosion, vibration, shock and extreme temperatures - for device manufacturers looking for ruggedised, sealed and shielded connectors, with reduced weight and size combined with optimal usability and performance. MiniMax is also a solution to wearable (handheld, body-worn) and mobile equipment challenges, and it provides more functionality in smaller devices, lowering the total cost of ownership.”

Enhanced storage and transportation of data
The Fischer Rugged Flash Drive - an extremely tough memory stick specially designed for storage and transportation of sensitive data in harsh environments - also offers improved performance with the new MiniMax USB 3.0 connector interface as standard.

With nine contacts in optimised positions, it delivers high speed data transmission and better mobile data storage in a virtually indestructible housing. 


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