Ultra-reliable FPC/FFC connector has increased retention force

03-03-2021 | Hirose | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Hirose has launched a backflip FPC/FCC connector with increased retention force. The high retention force in addition to the backflip design makes the FH34D Series excellent for curved routing of FPC/FFC.

Emphasising a simple, actuator lock with easy two-step operation, the series offers a high FPC retention force of 7.8N for the top contacts, and 14.5N on the bottom contacts. This is claimed to be 3.6 times higher than competitive FFC/FPC connectors with a retention force of 4.0N. By accepting FPC/FFC in both the top and bottom contacts, the series provides design versatility by improving FPC layout options. The series combines the high retention force with smooth FPC/FFC insertion by a tapered housing opening.

The space-saving series has a 0.5mm pitch, 1mm height, and a required mounting depth of only 3.2mm. Created to support USB 3.2 Gen 2, PCIe Gen 3, ePD 1.3 and MIPI D-PHY 1.1, the series is intended for consumer, medical, POS and other portable electronic applications. The connector is intended for automated pick-and-place assembly processes to simplify the manufacturing/assembly process.

"The FH34D Series FPC connector utilises an advanced locking mechanism to securely hold the FPC tab in place, making it ideal for portable electronics that require curved routing of the FPC/FFC. Curved routing is commonly used for LED backlight connections in portable electronics," said Mark Kojak, VP of Sales and Marketing for Hirose Electric USA.

The series connector is offered in an extensive range of positions, from 4 to 50. The connector has a rated current of 0.5A, a rated voltage of 50VAC/DC, and contact resistance of 100milliohms max.

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