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The Internet of Things (IoT) - Our New Reality

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a reality, and could very well be the biggest driver of productivity and growth over the next few decades. The smart grid, the most mature of the IoT sectors, although still in its infancy, will drive the development of many new and improved connector technologies for years to come.

While many like to speak about the IoT as the fourth revolution in our industry, the reality is — and most experts agree with this — that it is more of an evolution than a revolution. The technologies used throughout the IoT are not all necessarily new. Many of these technologies have just become easier to use and cheaper to purchase, implement, and maintain. 

HIROSE Electric Co. Ltd, has contributed to this evolution with the DF52 series of robust Wire-to-Board Connectors for applications requiring more strength and durability. The connector range consists of crimp plugs and right angle receptacles in a single row.

A wide range of applications are suitable such as wireless networks, drones, smartwatch, embedded modules, smart home devices, medical devices, smart meters, industrial robots and many others.

The mated height profile is minimised to 1.75mm and the depth to 4.1mm to reduce the space needed on the board.

The housings have been designed with thicker and more robust walls to prevent breakage and resistance against mechanical stress during the cabling process. In addition, a higher cable pull force of approximately 20N (17 positions vertical direction) can be achieved.

The crimp plug features a robust and reliable lane structure which keeps the contacts securely in place even when high forces are applied to the cable.

Highly reliable box shape crimp contacts are utilised to prevent deformation and provide strong resistance against breakage, snaring and rough operation.

The crimp plug has slits embedded into the housing structure to act as an indicator. When the slits are no longer visible this indicates the connectors are fully engaged in guaranteeing complete electrical and mechanical connection and thus prevents incomplete mating.

With the Internet of Things, the future potential for the connector market is growing, particularly in the medical, automotive, telecom, and consumer markets. HIROSE can offer a wide range of suitable connectors and we are excited to be a part of it.


The DF52 series is available from RS, please see Featured products next to this article.

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5 Sep 2018, 12:20