Space-saving hybrid FPC/FFC connector has increased power rating

17-12-2021 | Hirose | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Hirose has designed a new hybrid FPC/ FFC that provides notable space savings compared to competing products with the same permissible current. With a combination of power contacts able to handle 12A and 0.5A signal contacts, the TF43SW Series hybrid connector provides a height of just 1.2mm, mounting depth of 4mm. The series is ideal for use with an FPC/FFC standard thickness of 0.3mm (+/-0.03mm). It offers 66 contacts (positions) with a 0.5mm pitch and length of 47.88mm.

A unique contact actuator design offers retention tabs to stop unintended actuator separation. The retention tabs surround the actuator axle and hooks onto the cavity, averting the actuator from opening. The actuator retention tabs, together with a two-point contact design, improve the reliability and robustness of the series. It also provides solder wicking prevention via nickel barrier plating.

“The TF43SW delivers space-savings of up to 22.9% versus comparable connectors on the market,” said Mark Kojak, VP of sales and marketing for Hirose Electric USA. “The hybrid FPC/FFC is ideal for a wide range of space-constrained applications that require both high power and signal capability.”

The compact series connector is typically used in portable and consumer electronic applications, including smart TVs, notebooks and tablets, gaming systems, HDD and optical pickups, and office equipment, medical devices and industrial machinery.

By Natasha Shek