New board-to-board connector family offers many application variations
Connectors, Switches & EMECH
Hirose has developed FunctionMAX, a versatile board-to-board connector
family that features specialized floating alignment capability and/or
high-speed transmission. The FunctionMAX board-to-board connector family
includes connector series that are available in various configurations
including vertical / mezzanine, right angle / riser card and coplanar which
are designed to meet the demands of the industrial, medical, communication,
and other markets with maximum functionality.
Particularly beneficial when multiple connectors are used on the same PCB,
innovative floating structures in selected FunctionMAX connectors offer a
degree of play between the contacts during mating, and allow the connector
to absorb alignment errors. Ensuring correct and safe mating, the floating
contacts self-centre in both the X and Y directions. This floating feature
of the FunctionMAX connectors also eliminates stress imparted by mounting
placement errors. Reducing the stress on mounted parts significantly
decreases solder cracking and enhances reliability. By simplifying mating,
the floating functionality also saves considerable assembly time and costs.
Some members of the FunctionMAX connector family are designed with a
differential transmission system that offers excellent noise resistance and
signal integrity to deliver high-speed signals. Providing high-speed
transmission up to 15GBs, the connectors ensure impedance-matching and low
FunctionMAX connectors are particularly suitable for use in medical devices,
office imaging equipment, measurement equipment, industrial computer
systems, automotive navigation and audio systems, broadcast equipment, base
station transceivers, industrial machinery and more, says the company.
"Optimized for high performance and functionality, the FunctionMAX
board-to-board connector family consists of Hirose's top industrial
connector products designed for advancing technologies in demanding devices
and systems," said Rick van Weezel, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing
for Hirose Electric USA. "While traditional board-to-board connectors can
only be used if the centre lines are perfectly aligned, FunctionMAX
connectors with our unique floating contact structure offer mating
flexibility and alignment error compensation."
The FunctionMAX connector family consists of seven options :
1 - FX8 Series: parallel configuration, 0.6mm pitch, high-speed
2 - FX10 Series: parallel configuration, 0.5mm pitch, floating design
3 - FX18 Series: parallel, vertical and coplanar versions, 0.8mm pitch,
high-speed transmission, power/signal hybrid.
4 - FX20 Series: right angle and parallel versions, 0.5mm pitch, floating
design, dual contact.
5 - FX22 Series: coplanar configuration, 0.5mm pitch, floating design, dual
6 - FX23 Series: right angle and parallel versions, 0.5mm pitch, floating
design, high-speed transmission, power/signal hybrid.
7 - FX30B Series: right angle, parallel, and coplanar versions, 3.81mm to
7.62mm pitch, floating design, power/signal hybrid.