Cables/Connecting

RF connector solutions meet next-gen mobile network needs

14th November 2016
Alice Matthews


A range of RF connector solutions has been introduced by Molex, including the 4.3-10 RF Connector System and Cable Assemblies that offers high-performance signal transmission with low Passive InterModulation (PIM), 100% data traceability and less torque.

The solutions include a connector that is 30% smaller and 60% lighter than DIN 7/16 and a cable assembly with a one-piece, patent-pending weatherproof boot suitable for use on outdoor cellular sites.

“These complete solutions meet the performance needs of next-gen mobile network equipment including base station antennas, network radio and signal optimisation equipment,” said Darren Schauer, Global Product Manager, Molex. “The evolving demand on bandwidth and cellular radio sensitivity has put greater demands on the transmission of RF signals from the cellular antenna to the remote radio head. At the same time, connector size and weight restrictions have become more stringent.”

Telecom OEMs and wireless service providers require coaxial jumpers in varying lengths and with various connector interfaces. Molex’s custom, factory-fabricated coaxial cable assemblies eliminate a vendor as well as the need for customers to assemble the solution themselves. Three mating options are available for right-angle and vertical plugs: hand tight, quick lock and wrench tight. These provide design flexibility without compromising electrical performance, while the smaller connector size decreases operational costs by reducing tower loading.

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