Wire-to-board connector for demanding environments

10th December 2013
Nat Bowers

ERNI Electronics has introduced the iBridge single-row cable connector system. Supplied in a 2.0mm pitch form factor and providing up to 5A per contact at 20°C when paired with an appropriate discrete wire, the compact and economical wire-to-board interconnect solution is ideal for use in demanding environments that require reliable connections.

Operating over a wide temperature range from -55°C to +125°C, the iBridge connector solution is ideal for applications where high-mating cycles are not required, including: automotive; LED; telecommunications; data-transmission devices; set-top boxes; gaming devices; consumer goods; medical peripheral equipment; entertainment systems; audio hardware and industrial automation.

Offered in 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 positions with additional sizes up to 12 in development, the male iBridge connectors use crimp and poke wire terminations. They are available in right angle and vertical configurations with either DIP solder termination or SMT termination. The DIP solder termination offers extra mechanical strain relief, while the SMT termination features durable solder brackets for maximum PCB real estate usage and a high PCB retention force. The male connectors are delivered in tube packaging.

With their housings keyed to eliminate the possibility for incorrect mating, the female iBridge connectors feature contacts configured for AWG22 and 24 conductors, a tactile-feel dual latching system that produces an audible ‘click’ when mated, positive locking, and an inverse bellows design to ensure a reliable interface for a multitude of diverse environments and applications.

The iBridge wire-to-board connector maintains robustness and acceptable coplanarity thanks to a contact system without a post-bending process. Made of heat-resistant and halogen-free material, the iBridge connector has a plastic housing with a natural colored housing to minimise light energy absorption.

For fully automatic SMT assembly, tape and reel packaging with a pick-and-place cap is available. Featuring a lead time of 6-8 weeks, a 6-position vertical, solder iBridge connector header is priced at approximately $0.80 (USD) each in 1,000 unit quantities.

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