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AISG-compliant connectors for 5G roll-out

binder has announced an M16 connector that is ASIG C485-compliant and suitable for application in the latest 5G wireless networks.

The AISG (Antenna Interface Standards Group) defines the communication interface for “remote electrical tilt” (RET) of the mobile phone antenna. The standard has been re-defined for 5G and binder has made available 8 pole versions which are compliant.

The AISG C485-compliant 423 and 723 series M16 connectors are now available both as cable connectors and as cable sockets - as well as flange versions - in a shielded version. The connectors meet the requirements of IP68 protection when connected, offering maximum reliability even in adverse external conditions.

Cable assemblies fitted with these M16 connectors connect the mobile phone base station to an electric motor mounted on the base of the antenna.

In a cellular mobile phone network there is only a finite number of connections a cell can accommodate at one time. When a particular mobile cell is busy the remote electrical tilt system adjusts the antenna array mechanically to make the cell smaller. At the same time the antenna in neighbouring cells is adjusted to make them bigger to support the busy cell.

According to binder, the number and variety of applications for the M16 connector has greatly increased over the years thanks to lower contact resistance, higher pin count and improved levels of protection.

Neil Tyler

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