5G mmWave RF flex-to-board connectors for high-speed digital applications

17-03-2022 | Molex | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Mouser now stocks the Molex 5G15 Series 5G mmWave RF flex-to-board connectors. Developed for advanced 5G applications demanding design flexibility, robust mating, and minimal PCB space needs, the series connectors give engineers extreme versatility and usability while also providing leading signal integrity performance of up to 15GHz.

The connectors are offered in two configurations: a two-RF signal line with a 1A power line and an alternative option with four RF signal lines with no power. These options are engineered utilising a receptacle centre shield, which isolates each row to deliver excellent signal integrity while allowing good separation for EMI shielding. Other features incorporate a wide alignment pitch of 0.35mm for easy mating, an over-mould design to avert pin pullout, and an armoured split nail that shields the connectors from damage during mating and allows for dual use as power or ground.

The connectors provide a maximum current of 2A (1A per pin max.) and support 5G mmWave, Sub 6GHz, 4G/LTE, or any high-speed applications that need digital RF connections up to 15GHz. The connectors can also be combined with RF and other non-RF connection functions into a single connector to save PCB space and cost or replace multiple coaxial cables by linking them as a single board-to-board connector.

The robust mating with vertical and PCB real-estate space-saving features makes the connectors ideal for 5G communication applications for consumers, smart home and medical devices, surgical equipment, and wearables, as well as multiple AR/VR and industrial IoT applications.

By Natasha Shek