BTB connectors save space in portable mobile devices

12th August 2014
Nat Bowers

Featuring 0.35mm pitch, the ultra-low profile SlimStack SSB6 SMT microminiature Board-to-Board (BTB) connectors have been unveiled by Molex. With a compact size of 0.60x2.00mm, when mated, the connectors save space in the compact packaging of smartphones and other portable mobile devices, as well as a wide range of surgical, therapeutic and monitoring medical devices.

The SlimStack SSB6 connectors (plug and receptacle) feature wide mating-alignment housing lead-in areas. This enables fast, easy alignment and mating without risking connector damage associated with forced mating. A strong audible/tactile click provide extra assurance of successful mating. A wide vacuum pick-and-place area is also provided, accommodating automatic board placement, even with narrow width.

The dual-contact design provides secure electrical and mechanical contact and prevent open contacts, while a wipe length of 0.13mm helps remove dust and debris, providing further contact assurance. A housing canopy cover offers an anti-zippering barrier that prevents contact pullout from angled unmating.

Noboru Ando, Global Product Marketing Director, Molex, commented: “These innovative features address many of the challenges operators face in packaging small, portable electronic devices. For manufacturers of smartphones, tablet PCs, portable audio players, personal navigation tools and compact medical electronics, Molex gives painstaking attention to detail in the design and engineering of its microminiature products, which typically translates into more reliable, higher performance products. In the future, Molex will continue to expand its SlimStack SSB series with additional versions that include different stack heights, a shielded version for EMI protection, and a version featuring a power nail ‘armour’ feature.”

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