Automotive wire-to-board connector provides space and weight reduction

10-01-2022 | Hirose | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Hirose has extended its miniature wire-to-board connector family to incorporation a single-row right-angle version. With a pitch of just 1mm, the compact GT50 Series wire-to-board connector delivers PCB space savings and weight reduction of up to 75% compared to similar products. The series wire-to-board connector is ideal for traditional and emerging automotive applications, providing superior heat and vibration resistance in an ultra-small housing.

The series wire-to-board connector has a two-point contact system enclosed between two springs that reduce the effect of heat shrinkage on the contacts and enhances contact reliability. As a result, the connector supports high heat applications up to 125C.

The series uses a unique stabiliser that lessens wear in the contact area between header and crimp contacts typically caused by vibration. With a high retention force of 25N, a user-friendly lock design provides a clear tactile click to stop incomplete mating. For additional mating security, a robust cable routing design prevents disconnecting.

“The GT50 Series wire-to-board connector enables OEMs to realise significant size and weight reductions in end-products without sacrificing reliability or performance,” said Mark Kojak, VP of Sales and Marketing, Hirose Electric USA.

The series connector is employed in automotive applications, including array mic/speaker, combination lamps, displays, electric mirrors, heads up displays, LiDAR, and more. The connector is also ideal for off-highway equipment like agricultural and construction machinery; speciality vehicles like AGVs, AMRs; drones; and factory automation equipment.

By Natasha Shek