Highly-reliable long-life 18-position docking connector offers 20,000 mating cycles

14-01-2015 | Hirose | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Latest from Hirose Electric is a rugged connector that combines small size
and light weight with high reliability and long operating life. The compact
3800 Series connector is designed for cable and docking station applications
within consumer, industrial, medical, and point-of-sale (POS) markets.

A highly-durable and reliable contact structure provides stable contact
resistance and eliminates contact stubbing, even with 20,000 mating cycles.
The connector's novel spring contact structure also prevents contact
buckling and reduces contact shaving.

The 18-position 3800 Series connector utilizes a sequential mating system
that when connected, establishes a ground system first to protect vital
internal electronics from a potential surges. A pushbutton locking system
with tactile click ensures that the mating process is properly completed.

Protecting against rough mechanical operation, the 3800 Series connector
features a thick metal shell that covers the contact housing. The metal
shell also provides EMI protection. Designed to simplify assembly, it has a
one-piece, moulded plastic hood for easy attachment. The plug assembly
eliminates the need for over-moulding, reducing assembly time and cost.

"The reliable 3800 Series connector is designed to handle the wear and tear
of frequent mating cycles. Tested to more than 20,000 mechanical operations,
the size, weight, protective sequential mating system and rugged metal shell
make the 3800 Series connector ideal for handheld and portable devices,"
said Rick van Weezel, vice-president of sales and marketing, Hirose Electric

The I/O plug is available in a cable mount or as a vertical PCB version,
ideal for cradle applications. The cradle version features a staggered PCB
layout that allows for easy solder joint inspection.

The connector has a rated current of 1.5A for contacts 1 and 18, and 0.5A
for contacts 2 to 17. With an operating temperature range of -40C to +85C,
the 3800 Series connector has a rated voltage of 125VAC.

The compact connector measures 34.1mm x 23.6mm x 9mm, and is highly suitable
for use in POS terminals, wireless radio communication devices, tablet PCs,
medical handsets, digital cameras and personal navigation devices, says the

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