Space-saving connector system meets automotive standards

Space-saving connector system meets automotive standards

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As manufactures look to provide customers with more sophisticated features in vehicle environments, design engineers need to fit more functionality into smaller spaces without increasing the costs or compromising performance. The Mini50 connectors feature smaller pin and terminal sizes so circuits can be packaged in a tighter space when compared to conventional 0.64mm connection systems, yet still provide cost savings and robust reliability, promises Molex. 

The system features an independent secondary lock (ISL) that is part of the housing, reducing the number of components.  In addition, PCB headers are released in both vertical or right angle orientations to provide wire-routing and module design flexibility.  They are also constructed with a high-temperature thermoplastic housing that can withstand infrared (IR) and wave lead-free solder processing at a maximum temperature of +260ºC. 

Current configurations are available in single-row, 4- and 8-circuit versions, and in multiple mechanical and visual polarisation options. A dual-row, 12-circuit version is in process for release in calendar 2012.  

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