Miniaturised Ethernet interface from HARTING

The new ix Industrial from HARTING is a miniaturised Ethernet interface that sets a new standard for IP20 Ethernet connections.

Ethernet is the dominant communication standard for industrial applications, and the RJ45 connector has become the standard interface for Ethernet connections, explains HARTING.However, with advances in miniaturisation, the RJ45 has now become too large for many applications.In addition, its plastic locking tabs are easily broken in busy manufacturing environments, which can lead to contact problems as the connection works loose.

Consequently, a smaller and more rugged connector, especially one which can also offer Cat. 6A performance for 1/10 Gbit/s Ethernet at the control level, has been on the wish list of many users and developers, HARTING says.

Theix Industrial is an integrated system which HARTING says meets all these requirements.

With the ix Industrial, HARTING is presenting an integrated system which meets all these requirements.

Socket sizes have been reduced by 70% compared to the RJ45, enabling manufacturers to use the ix in much smaller devices. Moreover, the ix combines data transmission and power supply into a single interface, further reducing the area required for connectors. For device integration, a socket with five THR shielding contacts is available for maximum stability on the PCB.

The ix connectors are locked together by two metal snap-in hooks, which HARTING says provides “absolutely secure and vibration-proof connection” from the cable to the circuit board for a minimum of 5000 mating cycles.

With respect to device wiring, users can avail themselves of flexible, thin system cables with a tight bending radius. These can be assembled with the ix mating face on both ends or mixed, for example, with the ix and the RJ45 connector on opposite ends. This enables a gradual adaptation of individual elements in the control level without the need to directly use totally new components.

The ix Industrial also ensures safe data transmission, HARTING adds. Thanks to its continuous 360° shield design, it is said to guarantee a high immunity to interference, even in EMC-critical applications.

TheHARTING ix Industrialinterface is standardised in accordance with IEC/PAS 61076-3-124 and conforms to the shock and vibration resistance levels set out in EN 50155 railway specifications.

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