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Rugged I/O Connector Designed for High-Durability Applications

Mon, 06/21/2010 - 5:27am


Hirose Electric Company has developed a board mounting cable connector for extended durability and heavy duty service applications. Designated the 3800 Series, this rectangular I/O connector series was developed with a rugged, space-saving, low mass design ideal for use in hand-held and portable products including inventory management devices, such as barcode readers and scanners. Hirose's unique locking system ensures reliable retention force after the connector is mated. The new version of the 3800 Series rectangular surface mount connector weighs 34% less than the original design and contains 18 contacts compared to the 16 found in previous versions. The connectors feature a sequenced contact structure, with the 1st and 18th contacts being first make/last break, and they are also offset 0.5 mm. By utilizing strengthened alignment features and heavy gauge metal shells, the 3800 Series connectors are designed specifically for heavy usage applications that require 20,000 mating cycles or more. The connector body is 22.3mm wide by 8.5mm deep, with a board-mounted profile of 5.0mm, and a weight of 1.39g.

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