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From the smallest board-mount header to the largest power plug, the world of connectors encompasses one of the most diverse product ranges of any industry.

Connectors are an essential component in almost every electrical and electronic device in the world. They are called upon to deliver power, signal and data in some of the most demanding environments, whilst modern trends require them to be smaller and more compact for each new generation of equipment.

Connector manufacturers are constantly developing new techniques, using innovative materials and creating fresh designs to make connectors more capable, more robust and more cost-effective. In this design centre, we look at some of the most exciting developments in connectors and see how they could transform your new design.

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January 16, 2019 09:13

Advanced Wireless Connectivity: Panasonic’s PAN1760A Bluetooth Module

For IoT devices running on batteries, especially those that cannot be recharged easily, WiFi is simply too power-hungry. An alternative is Panasonic Industry extremely low power PAN1760A Bluetooth solution.

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Connectors

February 1, 2019 16:33

Connectors for Your Miniaturization Design - High Reliability Contact That Can Stand up to Various Environmental Conditions

Technology advancements in recent years have caused an explosion of smart and highly connected computing devices that are in a small form factor. Connectors can help you to achieve your design goal of miniaturization.

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Connectors

December 13, 2019 11:06

Connectors for the Internet of Things – Are You Ready?

Join us for a webinar on 24th January 2020 when DesignSpark will partner with Molex to learn about the challenges of selecting connectors for the next generation of electronic devices, and how you too can be ready.

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Connectors

December 11, 2019 09:03

Where have all the leaders gone?

Meeting the needs of customers depends on in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience. But in a modern marketplace that relies less on face-to-face relationships, how can we identify the leaders and experts of tomorrow?

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Connectors

December 10, 2019 14:57

Webinar - Connectivity and Modularity: Are You Embracing the Challenge?

Molex and DesignSpark bring you a Webinar to understand how more complex systems place great demands on connectivity. With technology requiring greater performance and space-saving design, we discuss how connector solutions are meeting the challenge.

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December 9, 2019 15:51

The Four-Inch Flight - A Lesson from History

What lesson can we learn from a failed space mission in 1960? The lesson that components matter!

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December 9, 2019 15:31

Hirose HR30 series - Waterproof and ultra-compact plastic round connector

The Hirose HR30 lightweight waterproof connectors have an IP67 rating that offers when mated, complete protection against water penetration when submerged in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.

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December 9, 2019 15:04

Do I need a rugged connector for my optical fiber?

Whether it’s at the top of a communications mast, on a building site or at the bottom of the sea, optical fiber can now be found just about anywhere. These delicate strands of glass fiber are the ideal way to transmit information over vast distances

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November 28, 2019 08:27

Will there be a new revolution with hollow-core fiber optics?

We take it almost for granted that every time we pick up a mobile phone, switch on a computer, or even a smart TV, that we will be instantly connected to the internet in the blink of an eye.

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Connectors

November 26, 2019 14:17

USB-C and its data speeds

Since it was first introduced in 1996, the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard has become the interface of choice for an enormous range of computing and communications applications, both for data transfer and for charging.

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November 18, 2019 15:01

How does cold weather affect fiber optic connectors and cables?

At the speed of light, it carries huge quantities of data at the speed of light – optical fiber is everywhere. Overtaking copper wire as the medium of choice, fiber carries data as pulses of light. It does, however, come with its own challenges.

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November 7, 2019 09:03

Plug and play lighting connectors for the great outdoors

Reliable and effective outdoor lighting relies upon waterproof electrical connection technology that can operate under the toughest conditions. Wieland’s RST range offers a highly robust, safe, efficient and weather resistant plug and play solution.

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November 5, 2019 08:48

What’s the difference between a normal USB and a USB Type C connector?

All of a sudden, USB Type C connectors or USB-C as they’re now being called, are being championed as a one-size-fits-all solution for charging and transferring data between devices. The question is though, is USB-C really any better?

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October 28, 2019 10:37

What’s the quickest way to terminate a conductor to a heavy-duty connector (HDC) insert?

Let's talk about quick termination and how this can save you money and time. With no tools required to connect standard, non-crimped, wire ends that provide a safe and secure connection.

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