Manufacturer and supplier of passive components and interconnect solutions, AVX, has developed and is now sampling a new, off-the-shelf, high-reliability wire-to-board (WTB) connection system for discrete 18–24AWG wire terminations in quality- and cost-conscious automotive electronics applications exposed to shock, vibration, high temperatures, and other harsh environmental elements, including vehicular computers, such as airbag, engine, and transmission control units.
The new 53-8702 series combines industry-proven insulation displacement contact (IDC) and press-fit or compliant pin technology in a single package to deliver robust, double-ended, cold-welded, and gas-tight WTB terminations that eliminate costly two-piece connector systems, improve implementation efficiency and reliability, enable problem-free conformal coating, enhance design flexibility, and remain effective throughout the life of a vehicle.
“IDC and press fit/compliant pin technologies have proven to be two of the most reliable contact systems in critical automotive applications for more than a decade now and are widely employed throughout the industry,” said Tom Anderson, Connector Product Manager at AVX. “By combining these two trusted contact technologies in a single high-reliability solution, we’ve achieved the perfect marriage of materials and contact geometries for use in harsh environment automotive electronics and - more than likely - as engineers test and validate samples of the series, additional applications outside of automotive as well.”
AVX’s new 53-8702 series IDC/Press-Fit WTB connectors feature two phosphor bronze contacts per position, each of which exhibits fatigue resistance over extreme temperature and deflection ranges, and are currently available in five positions. The series is rated for 6-10A depending on wire size, 125V, operating temperatures spanning -40 to 125°C, and a single termination cycle.