Cables/Connecting

Reliable cable-to-board connectors

13th February 2020
Alex Lynn

ERNI presents the new iBridge Ultra connector family, adding to its extensive offering of Cable-to-Board connector solutions. The 2.0mm pitch connectors are designed to provide compact and reliable connection that will withstand high vibration, making it suitable for use in rugged environments.

One of the key features is the TPA (Terminal Position Assurance) which serves as a secondary locking to the crimp contacts in the female housing. The secondary locking feature, in addition to the location pegs of the male parts, make the connections particularly resistant against strong vibrations, such as those that occur in automotive applications.

The iBridge Ultra is tested according to requirements of USCAR-2 & USCAR-21 but this robust and compact solution is perfect for many other applications that demand connection in high vibration environments.

iBridge Ultra’s compact design supports space restricted applications between control units and local components such as sensors, motors, switches, fans, heating elements, or LEDs. Despite its miniaturised design, the connectors offer a high current rating of up to 8A per contact. The crimp contacts are specified for AWG 22 and AWG 24 wiring.

Polarisation keys on the female parts and polarisation slots on male provide polarity reversal protection for secure mating. Dual beam female contacts protect against misalignment mating while stamped male contacts ensure robustness, coplanarity and high current capacity.

The new connector family include many variants: vertical male and right-angle male connectors (with SMT termination launching first and through hole solder (DIP) options coming soon), and female connectors with 180° cable outlet (crimp).

The male SMT variants are supplied in tape-and-reel packaging while the male solder connectors are delivered in tubes, yet both are suitable for fully automated assembly. The connectors with tin-plated contacts operate in a wide temperature range from -40 to +100°C and are available in pin count two, three, four, five, six, eight, ten and twelve.

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