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The New Leader in Connectors?

It's hard to look anywhere nowadays without seeing a reference to the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT promises to revolutionise so many aspects of the modern world, from our homes to our offices and cars.  IoT has a more rugged, bigger brother called Industry 4.0, which is the name for the automation and integration of smart technologies into the manufacturing environment.

The integration of smart systems into the factory has led to a huge increase in the demand for reliable, robust interconnection. With the enormous volume of power, signals and data connections demanded by this new equipment, the physical space required for connections places a huge burden on installers. The stage is set for the next generation of connectors that combine small size with high data speeds.

For many years, the RJ45 connector has been used for networking across the world. As an international standard, RJ45 connectors are available in a myriad of versions from dozens of manufacturers, but in the modern world with its demands for more connections, the RJ45 is starting to look a little... well... ordinary.

Enter the new ix Industrial connector from Hirose, one of the world's leading manufacturers. The ix Industrial is designed to do everything that the RJ45 does, but quicker, more reliably, and in a smaller package. Just look at a few of the key features:

  • Size - 75% smaller than a traditional RJ45 connector
  • Speed - Up to 10Gbps
  • Reliability - 5000 mating cycles
  • Standard - complies with IEC/PAS61076-3-124

It could just be that the ix Industrial is the future of network connectivity in the Industrial 4.0 world. The ix Industrial connector is coming to RS very soon, but in the meantime take a look at the attached catalogue to see how Hirose are working to provide Industry 4.0 with the connectors of tomorrow, or click the Hirose logo below to learn more.






Connector Geek is Dave in real life. With over 26 years in the industry, Dave likes talking about connectors almost as much as being a Dad to his two kids. He may still be a kid at heart himself...

8 Sep 2017, 8:56


January 16, 2018 08:57

So, you expect that to replace rj45? Is anybody but HRS producing those connectors? My guess is no.

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