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Hirose announces ix Industrial series

HIROSE has developed the ix Industrial series of connectors for space-constrained industrial applications requiring high-speed signal transmission up to 10 Gbps.

The connector series reduces functional space by up to 75% and footprint by two-thirds compared to RJ45 solutions. Supporting CAT5e (1 Gbps) and CAT6A (10 Gbps) cabling, the ix series I/O connector features an optimised EMI/ESD shielding design for safe and secure data transmission up to 10 Gbps.

The ix series is compliant with the standard IEC 61076-3-124. The range feature receptacles and plugs with two keying codes, differentiating Ethernet according to IEEE 802.3 from other applications.

There are two receptacle types within the variations. The upright right angle type can be mounted in parallel with a pitch distance of only 10mm to save space. The vertical type allows the mating plug to be mated from the top giving design flexibility.

In addition to the upright right angle and vertical type, a horizontal right angle type is currently being developed. The horizontal right angle is designed with a height of 5.7mm, less than half the height of Hirose’s RJ45 connector. This version is intended for use in devices where space is limited in height direction, and can also be used for thin-type control panels and FA control equipment.

The receptacle shell is mounted on the board via through-hole solder legs to enhance the retention to the board and to resist the wrenching of the cable assembly, protecting the surface-mount contacts.

The plugs are available in IDC and solder type. The wire-termination unit and cable clamp are integrated into a continuous metal shell, which prevents the connecting part of the cable assembly from being affected by the load on the cable.

Neil Tyler

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