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Higher current MCX connector system supports remote HF modules

18 May 2005 Interconnection

The new Greenpar higher current MCX connector system from Tyco Electronics has been developed to meet the growing demand for remote-based high-frequency (HF) modules, where power consumption has grown due to technological advances. These applications have also driven manufacturers to miniaturise these sub-systems while increasing power output. Board space is therefore at a premium, creating the need to combine the RF and power into a single connector system.

The Greenpar connector solution provides design and development engineers with a single solution to this growing requirement by eliminating the traditional power connector. To meet this need, the connector system is available as an SMD PCB-mounted socket and straight cable plug. Use of Tyco's Raychem brand Cheminax Cable offers the designer optimum performance in these and similar applications. The power rating of this system is 3 A with peak periods at 5 A, compared to the standard MCX connector which is rated at 1 A.

The Greenpar solution uses the standard micro-miniature MCX RF connectors. Offering size benefits over alternative connectors, the standard MCX connectors are mechanically robust, with beryllium-copper spring fingers rated at a minimum of 500 mating cycles. The snap-on interface facilitates assembly, eliminating the need for a threaded connection, and ensuring full engagement. The interface is compliant with CECC 22 2200.

For more information contact Tyco Electronics South Africa, +27 (0)32 525 5155.



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