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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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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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December 18, 2019 16:24

Connecting Devices to the Internet of Things

The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is impossible to ignore. Some of the biggest names in the industry – Microsoft, Google, Intel – are investing huge sums into product development to ensure that they are riding the wave of the IoT.

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  • 1 month ago

    One area I never looked into in great depth is where the connector would rarely be removed, fit and forget hopefully! A few years back I read an interesting article on Engine Management units, when found...
  • 1 month ago

    @ Connector Geek, a big connector or a small Bass?
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    I still use wire wrap for many of my prototypes and one-off jobs. However, PCBs are becoming cheaper all the time and their turn around time is getting quicker as well so I am using them more and more...
  • 1 month ago

    I'm still a fan and user of wire-wrapping, especially for complex layouts like multi-digit LED displays. Using FR4 double sided "perf" boards and male and female headers, it is possible to stack boards...
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    As a youngster there was a magazine called Practical electronics, One month they would publish a project and over the next few months the bugs and defects would be ironed out.
    I also remember making...
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March 6, 2020 11:10

Phoenix Contact Push Pull fast connection M12 connectors

An M12 connector is an M12 connector, right? Scott introduces Phoenix Contact's innovative Push-Pull M12 connector.

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March 2, 2020 15:16

Connectors - Evolution or Revolution?

Advances in connector design are rarely revolutionary. More often, they build upon what has gone before. But there used to be connectors that were just a little bit... different.

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February 26, 2020 15:51

Is Disposable All Bad?

The issue of single-use plastics has become a hot topic, with good reason. But is the medical industry an exception? We look at medical connectors and see whether it is possible to make them disposable.

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February 24, 2020 14:14

New standard for small connectors - Ethernet compatible ix Industrial™ (Hirose Electric)

The ix Industrial™ connector by Hirose features a small robust design for use in industrial environments. High-speed transmission of 10Gbps is possible, which greatly contributes to equipment evolution and smart manufacturing applications.

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February 4, 2020 09:21

Molex discuss why technology is driving the need for greater connector capability

DesignSpark and Molex recently delivered a webinar covering Connectivity and Modularity and the need for improved signal integrity, robustness and space-saving within harsh environments such as engine compartment systems. View the full webinar here.

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January 31, 2020 16:20

The Return of Wires

What did electronics look like before the printed circuit board? Wired circuits may seem like old technology, but wires might be the key to handling the high data speeds of the future.

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January 20, 2020 15:51

CAT7A Connection Modules

What happens when one or more cables are damaged when re-laying or you find out that they are too short for the new plans? An efficient, space-saving connection module solves the problem economically.

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January 17, 2020 09:38

Molex providing solutions for Connectivity and Modularity

The connector world is consistently updating, whether its the need for more information in the connected age or smaller footprints delivering more power, one thing is true the connector has to perform and perform well. Here we take a closer look.

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January 13, 2020 14:04

Miniature size no compromise for high performance

SOURIAU has designed the micro38999 for applications requiring extreme size and weight savings while maintaining extreme mechanical and environmental performances.

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January 10, 2020 12:09

Terminal Blocks: Getting The Best From Your Design

Using the 7-step concept from Entrelec, I explore the key milestones to get the best from your design. These are planning, termination technologies, installation techniques, marking, testing & maintenance, power distribution and grounding.

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