Inverted thru board card edge connector for LED lighting applications

Inverted thru board card edge connector for LED lighting applications

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This surface mounted connector was developed for LED lighting applications and other devices to provide a cable-less, space saving power connection between a driver board and LED array PCB. When the connector is top mounted on an array PCB, the perpendicular mating direction into the underside of the array PCB makes the ITB Card Edge Connector ideal for space-limited applications.

These applications include LED Edison-style retrofit bulbs as well as MR16 and PAR series bulb replacements commonly used in spotlights, down lights, track lights, indoor and outdoor LED lighting fixtures. While designed for lighting applications, the product may also be used in non-lighting applications where a compact right angle board to board interconnect is needed.

The ITB Card Edge Connector eliminates wire routing in assemblies by providing a direct mating solution for faster and easier assembly. By removing wires from the top side of the LED array board, the need to creatively route wires is eliminated and replaced with a low profile design that extends only 1.5mm above the top plane of the PCB. To further optimize system optical performance, the connector is designed with rounded corners to minimize shadowing from the light emitting surface.

Designed to be assembly-friendly, it features a flat top surface to allow vacuum pick up and is offered in tape and reel packaging for high speed SMT processing. The connectors are offered in two versions to accommodate board thicknesses of 1.0mm and 1.2mm.

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