New high-current connector system withstands temperatures up to +125C

28-01-2015 | Molex | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Aimed at high-current applications, where flexible wire-to-wire and
wire-to-board configurations are required, Molex has introduced the Super
Sabre power connector system.

Delivering 34A per blade and withstanding up to +125C operating temperatures
(USCAR-2, level 3), Super Sabre power connectors are equally well-suited to
automotive and commercial vehicle applications as they are to the appliance,
medical, datacom and industrial control industries, says the company.

"Design engineers are faced with the challenge of providing greater power
requirements with less PCB-footprint," said Michael Bean, global product
manager, Commercial Products Division, Molex. "Within this small envelope,
available packaging options have been limited. In addition, components
within these systems must be reliable and able to withstand rugged and
high-temperature environments. Utilising proven and reliable Sabre Connector
multi-beam technology, the Super Sabre connector system helps solve these
issues, providing 34A current per blade and withstanding +125C operating

Optimised for 10 to 12 AWG wires, the Super Sabre system accommodates both
wire-to-wire and wire-to-board configurations and is compatible with
lead-free wave soldering and reflow soldering processes. Silver-plated,
high-conductivity alloy terminals are used to minimize fretting corrosion
concerns. The flat-blade terminal design with four independent points of
electrical contact offers redundant, secondary current paths for long-term
performance and reliability. In addition, terminal design provides a more
reliable electrical connection than other terminal styles.

The terminals are fully-isolated on both mating sides to ensure complete
protection against damage or shorting. Positive latch and Terminal Position
Assurance (TPA) features prevent terminal back-out. The optional UL1977 and
UL60950 'Finger Test' certified blade meets safety requirements for many
consumer applications, says the company.

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