Hirose's waterproof USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C connector reduces footprint

5th October 2020
Alex Lynn

Hirose has launched a rugged, waterproof USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C connector for applications that require miniaturisation with resistance to liquid, vibration and/or shock. Requiring a mounting area 22% smaller than other receptacles on the market, the mid-mount CX90MW Series offers reliable, high-speed performance in a PCB space-saving design.

Rated to IPX8, the waterproof connector includes a front sealing gasket that prevents water penetration into the shell, while potting prevents water intrusion into the connector interior. The CX90MW Series meets requirements for immersion in 1.5m of water for 30 minutes.

The small, waterproof CX90MW Series USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C connector supports high-speed data rates up to 5Gbps. As a result, the durable CX90MW Series is well-suited for a wide range of portable and consumer applications that commonly encounter fluids and drop impacts. This includes digital cameras, Ebooks, GPSX, IoT, laptops, MP3 players, medical devices, portable storage devices, smart phones, tablets, wearables, vehicle infotainment systems and more.

"Hirose continues to expand our USB connector offering to support customer needs. The CX90MW Series is a direct result of customer requests for a waterproof USB connector with a smaller footprint to save valuable PCB space," said Mark Kojak, VP of Sales and Marketing for Hirose Electric USA. "We will continue to develop USB connector variations to offer more design flexibility and increased performance."

The CX90M Series has a robust design with deep drawing shell and improved peeling strength via 6 THR mounting posts. The CX connector family features a symmetrical mating design that allows for reversible plug insertion.

To improve mounting accuracy, the CX Series has built-in guide posts that ensure precise connector positioning and orientation on the PCB. When mated with a Hirose plug, the pair produces a unique tactile click that can be heard and felt to confirm correct engagement and prevent incomplete insertion.

The CX90MW Series has a width of only 11.60mm, depth of 8.35mm and height of 4.11mm with the gasket. The total mounting area is only 96.86 mm2.

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