SMA connector range now includes solderless version

11-11-2020 | Intelliconnect | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd has extended its range of 2.9mm and SMA connectors with the addition of a solderless version which provides customers faster assembly time and field-replaceable connectivity.

SMA semi-precision coaxial RF connectors provide a minimal connector interface for coaxial cable with a screw-type coupling mechanism. The connectors have a 50Ohm impedance and are designed for use from DC (0Hz) to 18GHz. Popular applications comprise microwave systems, hand-held radio and mobile telephone antennas, and more recently with Wi-Fi antenna systems and USB software-defined radio dongles. They are also typically used in radio astronomy, particularly at higher frequencies (5GHz+).

The company provide a standard range of bulkhead and panel mount connectors, including a waterproof version and right-angle adapters.

The arrival of their range of solderless, field-replaceable connectors providing solderless attachment to semi-rigid cables including 0.047”, 0.085” and 0.141” types not only expands their product range but also extends to new markets including medical, defence, space, industrial and cryogenics.

The company's stainless-steel solderless 2.9mm and SMA connectors have been developed for applications where reliability, durability, robustness and high-frequency performance are extremely important. Key features include faster assembly time, high repeatability, guaranteed equivalent performance to solder connection, no special tooling required, cable retention force similar to soldered versions and field-replaceable connectivity in the event of wear or damage to the connector.

Roy Philips, managing director of Intelliconnect (Europe), comments: “SMA connectors have a very wide range of applications and our new solderless connectors provide customers with a very useful alternative to conventional types for assembling connectors to 0.085" (RG405) and 0.141" cables with no loss in performance or reliability. Solderless assembly speeds manufacture and facilitates field replacement in the event of wear or damage to the connector.”

By Natasha Shek