Miniaturization report highlights leading-edge connectivity
Molex has released a new report on miniaturization of connectors in product design.
The report highlights the cross-disciplinary engineering design and manufacturing expertise required to integrate increasingly sophisticated features and functionality into constantly shrinking device footprints.
The Mastering Miniaturization report offers insights on how to navigate top trade-offs when meeting the cost and space requirements of densely packaged electronics amid the increasing demand for lighter, smaller products.
“Design engineers must ‘think big to go small,’ especially when applying high-speed connectors onto printed circuit boards (PCBs) reliably,” said Brian Hauge, SVP and president, Consumer & Commercial Solutions, Molex.
“Cross-functional expertise in electrical, mechanical and manufacturing process engineering is needed to deliver microelectronic interconnects that operate at higher speeds without sacrificing long term reliability, while still remaining commercially viable. Molex’s industry leading miniaturization capabilities are backed by a legacy of delivering the smallest, densest and most advanced connectivity solutions available today.”
As miniaturization continues to permeate every industry and application category, product designers must balance competing factors, including power and thermal management as well as signal integrity and integration and component and system integration. It also looks at mechanical stress and manufacturability and precision, volume manufacturing and costs
The report addresses miniaturization trends in consumer devices and medical wearables, as well as demand for smaller, lighter electronics and connectors in automotive, data center and industrial applications. Observations from experts across different sectors also shed light on how miniaturization is impacting factories, data centers, automobiles, medical wearables, smartphones and the evolution of 5G
Molex has launched Quad-Row Board-to-Board Connectors that are the world’s smallest board-to-board connectors with staggered-circuit layout for 30% space savings to support smartphones, smartwatches, wearables, game consoles and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) devices.
“With 5G, you need more antenna modules and RF functionality inside the phone, as well as bigger batteries for greater power, which creates pressure to shrink other components,” said Kenji Kijima, director of mobile solutions, Molex Consumer & Commercial Solutions.
Zonal architectures in vehicles which replace traditional wiring harnesses with zonal gateways are using fewer, smaller, more powerful and ruggedized connectors. “The ability to move toward 0.5-millimeter terminals has a compounding effect as there’s much better density to fit more content and capabilities in a smaller space,” said Kyle Glissman, global product manager, Molex Transportation Division:
Flex-to-Board RF mmWave 5G25 micro-connectors combine compact size and superior signal integrity to deliver step-changes in performance to meet demanding 5G mmWave applications up to 25 GHz.
NearStack On-the-Substrate (OTS) are placed directly on the chip substrate package, enabling high-density interconnects supporting 112 Gbps transmission over longer distances.
“Applications are driving I/O density, which is stretching limits of the material physics for the PCB, which has led to moving connectors onto the silicon substrate,” said Gus Panella, director of interconnect technology, Molex Data Specialty Solutions.