Connector series specified as new standard interface connector for Ethernet applications

04-02-2022 | Hirose | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Hirose Electric has announced that the ix Industrial connector series has been specified as a new standard interface connector for Ethernet applications by PROFINET.

The most recent PROFINET Cabling and Interconnection Technology Guideline has recently designated the ix Industrial mating interface as a new standard for Ethernet applications. Published in June 2021, Version 5.0 of the PROFINET Guideline provides updated standards for PROFINET-compliant cabling usage in industrial environments. The interface is a vital component in the SPC section for Ethernet transmission. Using the connector, manufacturers of PROFINET-compliant devices can produce smaller, more compact devices to save valuable installation space in the control cabinet.

The series lessens functional space by up to 75% and footprint by two-thirds compared to RJ45 solutions. Supporting CAT5e (1Gbps) and CAT6A (10Gbps) cabling, the series I/O connector offers an optimised EMI/ESD shielding design for safe and secure data transmission up to 10Gbps.

“PROFINET is the leading communications standard based on industrial Ethernet. The PROFINET guideline provides users with definitive universal regulations for industrial cabling in industrial equipment, systems and plants. The ix Industrial is indicated as a new key connector in the SPC section,” said Jeremiah Stanek, Technical Marketing Specialist, Industrial Segment at Hirose Electric USA. “The rugged ix Industrial Series combines high-speed performance and a compact design with high reliability and design flexibility. With an innovative design that is ideal for daisy-chaining applications, the space-saving ix Series connector can facilitate a significant size reduction of industrial machine vision modules.”

The plugs are offered in IDC and solder type. The wire-termination unit and cable clamp are integrated into a continuous metal shell to provide exceptional EMC performance as well as stopping the connecting part of the cable assembly from being affected by the load on the cable.

By Natasha Shek