In-line jack connector enables smaller PROFINET-compliant devices

23-11-2022 | Hirose | Industrial

Hirose Electric has expanded its popular ix Industrial connector series to incorporate an in-line jack version. Supporting CAT5e (1Gbps) and CAT6A (10Gbps) cabling, the new ix40G in-line jack variation addresses market demand for simpler, space-decreased equipment wiring across longer distances. As well as an in-line connection, the ix Industrial in-line jack supports panel mounting for simplicity of use as an interface.

Specified as a new standard interface connector for Ethernet applications by PROFINET, the connector series provides an optimised EMI/ESD shielding design for safe and secure data transmission up to 10Gbps. Providing wiring flexibility, the in-line jack connector is ideal for conventional and high-speed data transmission applications.

The series lowers functional space by up to 75% and footprint by two-thirds compared to RJ45 solutions. The connector accommodates two-panel thicknesses of 1.5mm and 2mm. With an innovative design that is excellent for daisy-chaining applications, the connector can supply a considerable size decrease of industrial equipment such as machine vision modules.

“Using the ix40G Industrial in-line jack connector, manufacturers of PROFINET-compliant devices can create smaller, more compact end devices while simplifying the mounting and wiring of equipment,” said Mark Kojak, senior VP of sales and operations for Hirose Electric USA. “In addition to miniaturisation, the rugged ix Series combines high-speed performance with high reliability and design flexibility to meet modern application demands.”

The series is compliant with the standard IEC 61076-3-124. The receptacles and plugs are offered with two keying code options, differentiating Ethernet according to IEEE 802.3 from other applications.

Three receptacle types are available within the variations: upright right-angle type, vertical type, and horizontal right-angle type.

The receptacle shell is mounted on the board via through-hole solder legs to improve the retention to the board and to withstand the wrenching of the cable assembly, protecting the surface-mount contacts.

The plugs are offered in IDC and solder type. The wire-termination unit and cable clamp are incorporated into a continuous metal shell to deliver excellent EMC performance, in addition to preventing the connecting part of the cable assembly from being impacted by the load on the cable.