Molex introduces MX-DaSH data-signal hybrid connector portfolio

Molex has introduced the iMX-DaSH family of data-signal hybrid connectors that bring together power, signal and high-speed data connectivity in a single connector system.

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These wire-to-wire and wire-to-board connectors are designed to support the transition to zonal architecture and address the full range of emerging applications requiring reliable data transmission. These include autonomous driving modules, camera systems, GPS and infotainment devices, LiDAR, high-resolution displays, and sensor-device connectivity.

MX-DaSH connectors are available with sealed and unsealed options to optimise next-gen automotive architectures with assorted environmental and design requirements. Versatile configurations support different power and signal terminal sizes, such as 0.50, 0.64, 1.20, 1.50, 2.80 or 4.80mm, as well as high-speed FAKRA Mini (HFM) modules for high-speed data transmission.

To ensure heightened reliability, MX-DaSH wire-to-wire connectors feature male blade stabilisation and independent secondary locks for robust and reliable terminal mating. In addition, MX-DaSH enables automotive engineers to accommodate a growing mix of devices and sensors with different network requirements by offering modular sections or cartridges in the wire to board option that support various interfaces without changing form factors or footprints.

With the new MX-DaSH family, automotive OEMs and their suppliers will be better placed to meet escalating demands for more compact, hybrid connectivity to support a multitude of automotive applications. For example, Mx-DaSH makes it possible to reduce the number of inline, wire-to-board connectors for an instrument panel and body control harness from eight to two while removing up to six meters of copper wiring, depending on the specific vehicle model.

Multiple options in this connector system encompass a variety of wire-to-wire applications. For instance, the 31+1-Way connector system combines 31 power and ground circuits, as well as a high-speed data connection, to decrease packaging requirements by up to 30%. With more functionality built into every MX-DaSH connector, considerable time savings can be realized through streamlined harness installations. Fewer component requirements also offer increased opportunities to further reduce BOMs.

Additionally, Mx-DaSH connectors have been designed for automated harness assembly to decrease cycle times and elevate overall manufacturing process efficiency and quality.

MX-DaSH connectors have been validated in accordance with global industry standards groups, including USCAR, Peugeot and IEC, to ensure reliable performance under the harshest automotive environmental conditions. MX-DaSH wire-to-wire connector models are available, along with select wire-to-board models and custom configurations.

Molex said that a continued expansion of the product family is underway to help customers keep pace with evolving vehicle connectivity needs.